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Law and Ethics Update: Client Welfare, Therapist Responsibility

When: 01/27/2018
9:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: LACPA Conference Room
6345 Balboa Blvd., Bldg 2, Suite 126
Encino, California  91316
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

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Law and Ethics Update: Client Welfare, Therapist Responsibility


Date/Time:    Saturday, January 27, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Presenter:    Pamela Harmell, Ph.D.

Location:      LACPA Conference Room - Encino

CE Credits:   6.0


 Program fee includes continental breakfast, lunch*, and parking:

LACPA Members $175              LACPA Student Members $100

Non-Members $185                   Student Non-Member $110*

*Please Select Your Lunch Preference (Regular or Vegetarian) on the

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As of 01/05/2018, This Program is Now Fully Subscribed and is on a Wait list Basis

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Law and Ethics Update: Client Welfare, Therapist Responsibility



This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensuring patient welfare in all aspects of practice. Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas such as (1) when therapist values conflict with patient values (highlighting two precedent setting legal cases), (2) current trends in disciplinary process and ethical violations, (3) suicide assessment and crisis intervention, (4) current ethical standard of care in the world of technology, reputation protection, Skype, texting, social media and HIPAA compliance, (5) history and current updates related to the American Psychological Association allegedly conspiring to participate in “torture” techniques after 9/11. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. You will learn about ethical considerations for intake interviews, the respectable minority doctrine, the use of “bracketing,” referral due to lack of competence versus discrimination, critical precedent setting cases related to patient discrimination, disciplinary process, the four agencies holding therapist’s accountable, diagnostic discrimination and insurance fraud, principles of suicide risk, confidentiality, and boundary violations.  


This program may be counted toward the ethics requirement mandated every two years for license renewal.




Pamela Harmell, Ph.D., is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice and has written extensively on these topics. Dr. Harmell is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and is a Past President of the California Board of Psychology. She is a former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee, and is the current Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association and is a Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.


This course is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA.)  LACPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.



It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  An evaluation of the workshop must be completed. Those who arrive more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the workshop is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given.


 Program and location are subject to change.

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