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Medical Error Prevention for Mental Health Professionals

2 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $99.00

Co-developed by Lenore Walker, Ed.D. and and David Shapiro, Ph.D.

Course is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling for the Medical Error Prevention requirement for Florida CSW, MFT and MHC.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

This introductory course is designed specifically for the mental health professional to help reduce the possibility of medical errors in one’s practice. Included is pertinent information on types of medical errors, populations at greatest risk, and the process of root cause analysis. The authors share their expertise in preventing diagnostic and treatment errors, assessing risk, record-keeping and reducing adverse reactions to medications. Risk assessment for suicide and violence to others, mandatory reporting of abuse, confidentiality, informed consent, and the need for multi-cultural sensitivity are addressed. Valuable resources are provided to augment the information presented. This brief overview provides a practical guide for the mental health practitioner in a variety of settings.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Identify what constitutes a medical error for behavioral health providers and to describe the elements involved in conducting a root cause analysis when an error occurs.

2.    Know specific steps to prevent systemic, diagnostic and treatment errors and implement record-keeping guidelines that help prevent errors.

Course Syllabus

  • What is a Medical Error in a Behavioral Health Setting?
  • Adverse Events, Sentinel Events and Root Cause Analysis
  • Principles of Error Reduction
  • Reducing Errors in Diagnosis for Mental Health Professionals
  • High Risk Clients
  • Risk Assessment
  • Mandatory Reporting: Child Abuse, Elderly and Disabled
  • Confidentiality and Informed Consent
  • Record-Keeping
  • Reduction of Adverse Medication Events
  • Human Behavioral Factors
  • References & Resources
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