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Law and Ethics Update: What You Need to Know

When: Friday, January 17, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: University of Philosophical Research
3910 Los Feliz Blvd.
Los Angeles, California  90027
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

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Friday, January 17, 2020     9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

6.0 LIVE CE Credits


Law and Ethics Update: What You Need to Know


Presenter:  Pamela H. Harmell, Ph.D.



Held at the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles

This course fulfills the ethics requirement mandated every two years for license renewal and 2.5 hours

of the 6.0 hour required suicide training for both the BOP & BBS licensees. 


Program fees include a light breakfast and lunch


LACPA Members $175            LACPA Student Members $100

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

*Must submit proof of current student status.



Pre-registration ends Monday, January 13th at 9:00 PM

On-site registration will be available at an additional $20.00 if space permits.


This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensure patient welfare in all aspects of practice.  Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas such as (1) the relationship between   suicide, social media and substance abuse, (fulfills 2.5 hours of suicide training required by BOP  and BBS) (2) Therapist self-care due to counter-transference and burnout; (3) working with diverse children and families and updates to child abuse; (4) handling subpoenas (5) working with multiclient situations and confidentiality and; (6) death with dignity ethical and legal issues. This program reviews the current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice.


Pamela H. Harmell, Ph.D. is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice.  She is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and has formally studied law.  She is a Past President of the Board of Psychology.  Dr. Harmell is former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee and former Chair 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.  



Research and statistics related to social media, substance abuse and suicide

Opioid use and suicide

Cybersuicide and cyberbullicide

Legal and ethical issues related to informed consent and “safety agreements”

HIPAA, Skype, FaceTime, iMessage, Text messaging and suicidality

Session sum up questions and answers



Death with dignity in California

Ethical and legal issues

Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI): Teens and young adults

American Academy of Pediatrics: Suicide assessment for adolescents and teens

Session sum up questions and answers

Ethical considerations in Informed consent and opioid treatment

Questionable practices in addiction treatment

Barriers to effective treatment

Session sum up questions and answers



Suicide rates for mental health professionals

Therapist protection and self-care

Identifying and dealing with counter-transference

Identifying and handling burnout

The DOVE model of therapist resilience and vulnerability





Working with diverse families

Cultural competence

Intersectionality: definitions and use

The “ecosystem” framework

Child abuse reporting updates

Treating minors without parental consent updates

Cultural competency

Ecosystem framework



Multiple relationships

Touch in psychotherapy

Risks and benefits

Boundary violations and crossings

California laws regarding sexual exploitation

Delayed discovery rule



Working with multi-client situations (group, couple, family)

Legal and ethical issues


Three ways to seek patient records

            Subpoenas and court orders


Educational Goals and Learning Objectives:


1.        Participants will be able to understand the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations.

2.        Participants will learn common causes burnout and the DOVE model for therapist vulnerability and resilience

3.        Participants will become aware of cultural competency when working with minors.

4.        Participants will understand the court decisions related to multiclient confidentiality issues

5.        Participants will Identify and increase awareness of the connection between suicide, social media and substance abuse.

6.        Participants will identify and avoid multiple relationship situations in psychotherapy.



Program, presenter, date, and location are all subject to change.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, a written request must be received the Monday before the scheduled date of the program. Refunds will be processed within 30 days. A $35 processing fee is deducted from all refunds. Should it become necessary to cancel a course, those who have registered will be notified in writing, and the full course fee will be refunded.

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. CE Certificates will be sent out via email within two weeks from the program.


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


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



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