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The Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

Date: Friday, October 25,  2024

Time: 10AM-4:00PM

Credits: 6 CEUs (NYS LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Location: Live Webinar

Instructor: Bruce Hillowe, JD, PhD, Attorney and Counselor at Law

Cost: $209 Individual Rate, $179 Early Bird (by 10/10/24)

$169 5+ Group Rate (each, same organization) 

[*Larger groups (same organization) – call for Special Rates*]




This workshop will review the essential ethical and legal background for the provision of psychotherapy by LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs and PhDs in New York State. Practitioners will be provided with templates for record-keeping, informed consent, HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices, authorizations for the release of patient information, and forms for the denial of access to patient information.


Focus on:

•1. Beginning and planning treatment 

(Including treatment plans and progress notes)

•2. Informed consent

•3. Special issues in treating children, and child abuse reporting

•4. Assessing and managing at-risk patients

•5. Access to treatment records by patients

•6. Confidentiality, privilege and disclosures to third parties

•7. Terminating treatment and avoiding abandonment

•8. Malpractice and professional discipline






Educational Objectives:

  • Learn current and basic ethical and legal backgrounds for psychotherapy practice

  • Plan and prepare to implement record-keeping and documentation requirements for psychotherapy practice

  • Analyze the process of the evaluation, reporting, and recording of at-risk patients and circumstances

  • Apply risk management principles without compromising clinical integrity

  • Utilize tools to make clinical decisions in accordance with ethical, legal, and risk management guidelines

Speaker: Bruce Hillowe, JD, PhD

Bruce V. Hillowe, J.D, Ph.D. is a mental healthcare attorney with a law practice in Mineola, New York. A graduate of Binghamton University, Duke University School of Law, and Adelphi University Derner Institute (Clinical Psychology and Postdoctoral Programs), he formerly practiced as a psychologist-psychoanalyst, including as a coordinator of clinical training and a director of a forensic mental health service. He was a teaching attending psychologist in law and ethics at a major teaching hospital for 15 years. He currently teaches courses in ethics and law as adjunct faculty at the Derner Institute. He is legal counsel to numerous mental health facilities, institutes, and practitioners, and sponsors legal plans for professional associations. He has written articles and book chapters including for law reviews and healthcare publications, most recently regarding scope of practice and disciplinary defense. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in healthcare law and is a "SuperLawyer" featured in the New York Times Magazine.

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