Mental Health Client Boundaries: Avoid Litigation and Protect Your Clients

Length: 60 minutes Expert: Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

Today, your client relationships are under intense scrutiny, and you’re open to more potential boundary-related litigation and licensing board complaints than ever before. This is especially true given the dramatic increase in practitioners’ and clients’ use of social media and online social networking.

Even if you’ve been safely practicing for years, it’s easier than you think to end up in an inappropriate or imprudent relationship.

It CAN happen to you. The fallout is a licensing and compliance nightmare that can cost you everything. But there are actions you can take to protect yourself. You just need to know the warning signs and how to respond.

During this online training session, nationally-recognized mental health ethics expert, Dr. Frederic G. Reamer, will tell you exactly how to cut through the danger areas of behavioral health relationship issues.

In just 60 minutes, Dr. Reamer will walk you through how to protect your practice while providing the best care possible for your clients. This upcoming session will teach you to skillfully manage the complex mental health client boundaries and dual relationships you face as a behavioral health provider.

Here are just some of the proven mental health client boundaries strategies you’ll learn by attending this eye-opening training:

  • Maintain appropriate bonds even with the ease of digital technology
  • Identify the warning signs within yourself and your practice — know what personal benefits are acceptable
  • Learn what you can and can’t reveal about yourself to clients, both in person and online
  • Find out how altruism (such as performing favors for clients) can get you in trouble
  • Handle unanticipated circumstances, like social encounters, coolly and ethically
  • Understand the identifying characteristics of clinicians who may likely cross the line, intentionally or not
  • Recognize the natural progression of a boundary violation and how it can happen without you realizing it
  • Visualize the destructive consequences for clients who experience these violations
  • And much more!

PLUS: You’ll also receive proven tools to help you implement a proper risk management strategy related to mental health client boundaries and dual relationships.

You’ll learn how to enhance your compliance with prevailing ethical standards and prevent litigation and licensing board complaints that boundary violations create.

If you work with patients or clients in mental health or behavioral health agencies or as a private practitioner, you can’t afford to miss this in-depth, plain-language seminar that could save you, your clients, your finances, and your reputation.

You’ll learn how to implement practical strategies to protect clients who pose challenging boundary issues and prevent the ethics-related litigation and licensing board complaints that can go along with them. Register today.

Meet Your Expert

Frederic G. Reamer
PhDProfessor at Rhode Island College

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, has focused his career on helping mental health professionals across the globe avoid ethics challenges. Dr. Reamer is a professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy.

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 code revision task force. Reamer also chaired national and international task forces that developed ethics guidelines for practitioners’ use of technology.

His books include “Social Work Values and Ethics,” “Risk Management in Social Work,” “The Social Work Ethics Casebook,”Ethical Standards in Social Work,” “Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services,” and “The Social Work Ethics Audit,” among others. Reamer has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics and risk management, and he has served as an expert witness in more than 100 court and licensing board cases nationwide.


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