1 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $19.00
Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
Course fulfills, fully or in part, the Ethics & Law requirements for psychologists in CA and for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and addiction counselors in other states. Verify requirements with your state board. Course may qualify for insurance discount. Check with your insurer.
This course is also offered as part of an Advanced Ethics Certificate Program of 71 CE Credits.
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
This course reviews one of the most important terms in psychotherapy, the standard of care. For a psychotherapist to successfully be sued by a plaintiff, a negative or unfortunate outcome is not enough. Plaintiff must establish that the therapist acted below the standard of care. Similarly, administrative judges or licensing boards may sanction a psychotherapist, if they find that the therapist operated below the standard of care. It is, therefore, of extreme importance that psychotherapists and counselors understand the parameters that define the standard of care, practice within the standard and learn ways to document that they did not practice below the standard. (Intermediate level).
1. Review the elements that the standard of care in psychotherapy is based on.
2. Summarize the complexities and problems in establishing the standard of care.
3. Discuss the relationships between the standard of care and state laws, case laws and the codes of ethics.
4. Review guidelines for record keeping that demonstrate that therapists operate within the standard of care.