Author Wheeler, Anne Marie
Title The Counselor and the Law : A Guide to Legal and Ethical Practice
Imprint Somerset : American Counseling Association, 2014
©2015
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Edition 7th ed
Descript 1 online resource (370 pages)
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Note The Counselor and the Law: A Guide to Legal and Ethical Practice -- Contents -- Preface -- About the Authors -- Chapter 1: The Counseling Profession -- Our Perspective -- The Counselor -- History and Highlights of the Profession -- Professional Counselors -- Licensed Professional Counselors -- The Law -- Licensing Standards for Counselors -- License Title -- Definition of Counseling and Scope of Practice -- Virginia-LPC -- Florida-LMHC -- Oregon-LPC -- California-LPCC -- New York-LMHC -- Definition of Mental Health Counseling -- Boundaries of Professional Competency -- Graduate Education -- Postdegree/Prelicense Supervised Experience -- Efforts Toward National Standards and Definitions -- Nationally Recognized Accreditation -- Nationally Recognized Accreditation -- Nationally Recognized Counselor Certification -- National Consensus and License Portability -- Licensure Title -- Licensure Scope of Practice -- Licensure Examination Requirements -- Summary -- Chapter 2: The Counseling Relationship -- Who is a Client? -- Duty and Standard of Care -- Informed Consent for Treatment -- Fees -- Terminating the Counseling Relationship -- Client-Initiated Termination -- Counselor-Initiated Termination and Referral -- Bruff v. North Mississippi Health Services, Inc. (2001) -- Ward v. Wilbanks (2010, 2012) -- Summary -- Chapter 3: Overview of Law and Ethics -- The American Legal Structure -- Criminal, Civil, and Administrative Law -- The Court System -- Federal Courts -- State Courts -- Appellate Process -- Ethics Standards -- Professional Ethics -- Ethical Decision Making -- Legal and Ethical Decision-Making Model -- Define the Problem, Dilemma, and Subissues -- Identify the Relevant Variables -- Know the Law, Ethics Codes, and Institutional Policy -- Be Alert to Personal Influences -- Obtain Outside Perspective -- Enumerate Options and Consequences
Decide and Take Action -- Document Decision-Making and Follow-Up Actions -- Ethics and the Law -- Summary -- Chapter 4: Civil Malpractice Liability, Licensure Board Complaints, and Criminal Actions -- Competence and Preparation -- Duty of Care and Potential Malpractice and Liability -- Negligence -- Malpractice -- Intentional Torts -- Criminal Action -- Common Complaints Against Counselors -- Licensure Board Complaints -- Diagnosis and Scope of Treatment -- Failure to Treat or Refer -- Group Counseling -- Crisis Intervention -- Repressed or False Memory -- Supervision -- Birth Control and Abortion Counseling -- Sexual Misconduct -- Other Civil Actions -- Illegal Search and Seizure -- Defamation -- Invasion of Privacy -- Breach of Contract -- Copyright Infringement -- Insurance Fraud -- Other Criminal Actions -- Accessory to a Crime -- Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor -- Summary -- Chapter 5: Confidentiality, Privilege, and HIPAA Privacy -- Confidentiality -- Privileged Communication -- Privacy and HIPAA -- HITECH Changes to HIPAA -- Specific Concerns Regarding Confidentiality, Privilege, and Privacy -- Subpoenas -- Counseling Minors -- Couples and Family Counseling -- Custody Issues -- Group Counseling -- Confidentiality of Substance Abuse Records -- Counseling Public Offenders and Responding to Requests From Law Enforcement -- Confidentiality After a Client's Death -- Confidentiality and Technology -- Summary -- Chapter 6: Duties to Report, Warn, and/or Protect -- Duty to Report -- Abuse of Children and Elderly or Vulnerable Adults -- Domestic Violence -- Past Crimes of Clients -- Unprofessional Conduct of Colleagues -- Duty to Warn and/or Protect -- Court Decisions After Tarasoff -- Evolution of the Law -- Clients With AIDS/HIV Positive Status -- Workplace Violence
School Violence and New Legislative Initiatives That Affect All Mental Health Professionals -- Threats by Client Against Counselor -- Practical Risk Management Guidelines -- Chapter 7: Communication Technology and Social Media -- Distance Counseling -- Ethical Considerations -- Legal Considerations -- Social Media: Think Before You "Tweet," "Friend," or "Blog" -- Breach of Confidentiality -- Boundary Violations -- Texting, Instant Messaging, and E-Mail -- Other Technologies -- Recommendations -- Chapter 8: Suicide and Threats of Harm to Self -- Prevalence of Suicide and Threats of Harm to Self -- Male Suicide -- Youth and Child Suicide -- College Student Suicide -- Elder Person Suicide -- Other Threats of Self-Harm or Self-Injury -- Suicide and Ethics -- Legal Issues of Suicide -- Bullying and Cyberbullying -- End-of-Life Issues -- Summary -- Chapter 9: Professional Boundaries -- Counselor-Client Interactions or Relationships -- Licensing Board Complaints and Selected State Disciplinary Action -- Texas -- Florida -- Arizona -- Boundary Violation Licensure Board Complaint -- Risk of Malpractice Lawsuits -- Mishandling of Transference -- Risk of Criminal Prosecution -- When Is a Dual Relationship Appropriate? -- Summary -- Chapter 10: Records and Documentation -- Records: The Standard of Care -- Purpose of Client Records -- Purpose #1: Clinical Management -- Purpose #2: Legal Implications for the Client -- Purpose #3: HIPAA Compliance -- Purpose #4: Risk Management Strategy -- Ownership of Records -- Alteration of Records -- Financial Records and Financial Relationship -- Technology, Client Records, and Information -- Record Retention -- Records Custodian -- Summary -- Chapter 11: Managing Your Counseling Practice -- Opening a Counseling Practice: Forms of Operation -- For-Profit Entities -- Corporation -- S Corporation -- Partnership
Limited Liability Company or Partnership -- Operating Instruments and Organizational Meetings -- Office Sharing and Informal Group Practices -- Nonprofit Organizations -- Private and Nonprofit Business Procedures -- Federal and State Taxes, Reporting, and Licensing -- Professional Liability Insurance -- Need for Professional Liability Insurance -- Considerations When Purchasing Liability Insurance -- Other Insurance Coverage -- General Liability Insurance -- Property Insurance -- Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance -- Business Overhead Insurance -- Employee Benefits Programs -- Disability Income Protection -- Group Life Insurance -- Employment Law Considerations -- Employment Discrimination -- State Nondiscrimination Statutes -- Sexual Harassment -- Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing Employees -- Employment Contracts -- Training and Supervising Employees -- Hiring Workers as Independent Contractors or as Employees -- Fee Splitting and Fraud and Abuse Laws -- Billing and Collection Practices -- Third-Party Payments -- The Americans With Disabilities Act -- Coverage -- Employment -- Public Accommodations -- State and Local Government Entities -- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 -- New Counseling Approaches, Techniques, and Professional Expressions -- Closing a Counseling Practice -- Summary -- Chapter 12: Counselor Educators and Clinical Supervisors -- Counselor Educators -- Boundaries -- Gatekeeping -- Clinical Supervisors -- Supervisory Liability -- Boundaries -- Crafting a Supervisory Relationship Contract -- Summary -- References -- Appendix A: ACA Code of Ethics -- Appendix B: Top Ten Risk Management Strategies -- Appendix C: How to Access Laws and Find an Attorney -- Index -- Technical Support -- End User License Agreement
Each chapter in The Counselor and the Law has been updated to reflect changes in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics, findings of recent court cases, and new federal and state legislation. Attorney Nancy Wheeler and Burt Bertram, a private practitioner and counselor educator, provide a comprehensive overview of the law as it pertains to counseling practice; an in-depth look at counselors' legal and ethical responsibilities; and an array of risk management strategies. This edition contains a thoroughly updated chapter on distance counseling, technology, and social media; regulatory updates to the HIPAA and the HITECH Act; and recent case law developments regarding legal risks for counselor educators. The issues surrounding civil malpractice liability, licensure board complaints, confidentiality, duty to warn, suicide and threats of harm to self, professional boundaries, records and documentation, and managing a counseling practice are also addressed in detail
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Wheeler, Anne Marie The Counselor and the Law : A Guide to Legal and Ethical Practice Somerset : American Counseling Association,c2014 9781556203503
Subject Counseling -- Law and legislation -- United States.;Counselors -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.;Counselors -- Malpractice -- United States
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