Title: Clinical Documentation and Record Keeping: Ethics and Law
Description: Psychologists, social workers, and counselors constantly have to juggle their time providing therapeutic services and documenting the clinical services they provide. Because patient care is more stimulating than composing progress notes, the latter is often neglected. It is important for clinicians to appreciate why clinical documentation is so important and how to document their work ethically and in compliance with State laws and regulations. Using his integrative model of ethical decision making, CLEAR+ Lenses, Dr. Heitt will discuss effective, efficient, and ethical documentation practices. Case discussions with active audience participation will demonstration application of the CLEAR+ model to real life situations, making it easier for participants to implement concrete practice changes the next time they pick up a pen or start clicking a keyboard.
1. Participants will be able to list several purposes of good quality clinical documentation.
2. Participants will be able to analyze and apply the applicable laws and regulations relevant to clinical documentation.
3. Participants will be able to apply this knowledge to real-life case scenarios using the CLEAR+ lenses model of ethical decision-making.
Title: Unpacking Implicit Bias: Behavioral Health’s Ethical Responsibility
Description: This three-hour workshop is focused on the exploration of the common, yet complex ethical issues concerning implicit bias that behavioral health professionals face in their practice. Content will cover the following: the legal definition of implicit bias, identification of implicit bias in behavioral health practice, establishing and maintaining a practice of self-awareness, use of self, and examination of implicit bias for effective outcomes. Current legal references will be provided concerning relevant statutes and the ethical codes of practice for behavioral health professionals.
1. Examine the meaning of implicit bias and its impact on the delivery of behavioral health services.
2. Explore role of ethics when delivering services to diverse clients and working with diverse co-workers.
3. Examine the Use of Professional Self for addressing and controlling for implicit bias in practice.
4. Review the Maryland statutes and regulations that govern ethical professional behavior and implicit bias including Health Occupations §19 (Social Workers), §17 (Professional Counselors and Therapists), §18 (Psychologists), Health General § 20-1301, and COMAR 10.42.03, 10.58.03 and 10.36.05.