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Ethics and Risk Management in Behavioral Health: What Every Clinician Needs to Know About Mental Health and the Law

Robert Landau, JD |  Frederic G. Reamer, PhD
6 Hours 37 Minutes
Mar 30, 2022
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Watch Attorney Robert Landau and Dr. Frederic Reamer as they collaborate to deliver an interactive, dynamic presentation on ever-changing ethics and risk-management challenges in behavioural health.

Keeping up-to-date is essential to protect your clients and yourself. During this workshop you will gain an understanding of ethics and risk-management challenges related to:

  • Confidentiality exceptions
  • Privileged communication
  • Documentation
  • Telehealth
  • Informed consent
  • Boundary issues
  • Recent changes to federal regulations governing confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records
  • And other complex topics

Landau and Dr. Reamer will highlight ethics and risk-management challenges related to your use of technology to deliver services remotely, communicate with clients, and store records.

This is a workshop you do not want to both presenters will offer practical advice from both the legal and behavioural health points of view to help you stay on top of issues that arise in everyday clinical situations.



PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 6.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Robert Landau, JD's Profile

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Robert P. Landau, JD, is a shareholder at the law firm of Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce, Inc. in Providence and was the co-leader of the firm’s Healthcare Group from 2012 through 2016.

Mr. Landau is a seasoned litigator who focuses his practice on defending mental health professionals, hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health care providers in professional malpractice lawsuits and disciplinary proceedings. He has extensive experience representing social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists and other professionals before their licensing boards, frequently obtaining findings of no unprofessional conduct or administratively closing investigations. He has successfully represented clients in the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Mr. Landau has had numerous jury trials with a significant number of defense verdicts. In addition to trying cases to juries, he handles any appellate issues that arise from his matters. He has appeared regularly before the Rhode Island Supreme Court and has a number of reported decisions. In those instances where a trial is not the best course of action, Mr. Landau has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. His presentations to mediators and arbitrators help clients resolve cases on favorable terms.

Mr. Landau is a graduate of Duke University, BS, magna cum laude, and Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude. He is admitted to practice in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Mr. Landau was selected for inclusion on the 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Rhode Island Super Lawyer list.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Robert Landau has an employment relationship with Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce, Inc. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Robert Landau has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, Professor Emeritus has taught in the graduate program of the school of social work, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island for 40 years. Dr. Reamer received his PhD from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and served on the task force that added technology standards to the code. Dr. Reamer lectures both nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics, professional malpractice and liability, and documentation. In addition to ethics, his research and a teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, and public welfare. Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, Carnegie Corporation, Haas Foundation, and Center for Bioethics of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reamer has been an expert witness and formal ethics consultant in more than 130 litigation and licensing board cases throughout the United States. He is the author of many books and other publications on ethical standards in behavioral health, risk management, and documentation.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Frederic Reamer has an employment relationship with Rhode Island College. He receives royalties as a published author. Frederic Reamer receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Frederic Reamer serves as an advisory board member of Ocean State Stories, Pell Center, Salve Regina University and an advisory editor for the Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. He is a volunteer with the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and the Providence Police Department Training Academy.


  1. Evaluate ethical challenges and risks in behavioural health.
  2. Utilize risk management tips to reduce licensing board complaints and lawsuits.
  3. Analyze ethical dilemmas clinicians face surrounding use of technology to serve clients remotely, communicate with clients, and store information.
  4. Apply an ethical decision-making framework to recognize, analyze, resolve or prevent ethical dilemmas in your clinical practice.
  5. Employ state-of-the-art documentation guidelines and protocols.
  6. Determine ethical/legal standards of care as the pertain to clinical practice.


  • Understand the legal system
  • Legal exposure
  • Establish the treatment relationship
  • Record-keeping practices
  • The ethics of duty to warn/protect
  • Local and national resources
  • Multicultural awareness & diversity
  • Insurance coverage: The essentials
  • Importance of documentation:
  • It really matters!
  • Tips to avoid and defend lawsuits and licensing board complaints: Practical advice
  • Key risk areas: What to look out for
  • Importance of peer, ethics, and legal consultation
  • Responding to subpoenas: Do’s and don’ts
  • Working with attorneys
  • Trends in malpractice claims and ethics complaints: Ethical mistakes, ethical decisions, misconduct
  • Ethical challenges and risks: Essential knowledge
  • Confidentiality, privacy, privileged communication
  • Informed consent
  • Boundary issues, dual relationships, and conflicts of interest
  • Digital, online, and remote services and relationships
  • High-risk treatment and services
  • Termination of services
  • Defamation
  • Documentation
  • Impaired professionals
  • Ethics consultation and ethics committees
  • Handling difficult ethical judgments and decisions: Protecting clients and practitioners 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Behavioral Health Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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