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EP13 Law & Ethics 02 – Dancing With The Risks: Safe Steps; Tricky Steps; Landmines (Part II) – Steven Frankel, PhD, JD

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Law & Ethics |  Therapist Development
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2013
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP
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Original Program Date:
Dec 10, 2013
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This workshop in law, ethics and regulation focuses on three of the four most frequent causes for actions against mental health professionals, nationwide. Since the 2010-2011 law/ethics/regulation workshop focused primarily on boundary violations (including sexual contact between professional and patient/client), this 2012-2013 workshop focuses on incompetence, criminal convictions and cases involving high-conflict custody problems. The workshop emphasizes awareness and management of risk factors in the major areas of high risk practice via music videos illustrating the principles taught in the program. These include coping with negative publicity on the internet, the risks of “creative” techniques, riskier vs. safer models of intervention, coping with the need to “rescue” patients/clients, management of angry/dissatisfied patients/clients, and more.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List the top four high-risk areas of practice.
  2. Define and give two examples of “substantial relationship” laws.
  3. List two characteristics of an “apology.”
  4. List at least three issues that should be included in clinical records (private practice version) or two types of threats that occur between professional and patient/client (agency version).
  5. Describe at least two problem areas for high conflict custody cases.
  6. List at least two requirements for practice continuity (private practice version) or one statute bearing on minors who can authorize their own treatment (agency version.)

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and an Attorney at Law licensed in California, and The District of Columbia. He is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD at Indiana University, and interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. 

After leaving full-time university service, Dr. Frankel entered clinical practice, with both in- and outpatient responsibilities. Beginning in 1980, his psychology practice focused increasingly on the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic and dissociative disorders. He began consulting relationships with trauma treatment programs of private psychiatric hospitals in 1990. In 1993, he joined with Walter and Linda Young in the opening of a unit for the treatment of traumatic and dissociative disorders at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, CA and remained a consultant to the program until July of 2000. An ISSD member since 1990 and Fellow since 1998, he was elected President of the ISSD for 2001-02.