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Documentation & Tele-Mental Health: What you Need to Know about Ethics and R.I. Laws
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When: Friday, April 26, 2019
8:30 a.m.
Where: New England Association Services
2400 Post Road
Warwick, Rhode Island  02886
United States
Contact: Jack Hutson

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Look forward to an interactive, dynamic 6-hour presentation that will keep you on top of ethical and legal issues that arise from providing tele-mental health services in Rhode Island, as well as those issues which arise in your day-to-day practice.

From both a legal and clinical perspective, you will gain a clear understanding of risk management, informed consent, confidentiality, privilege, and ethical issues. You will be introduced to clinical documentation standards and issues that pertain to delivery of traditional psychotherapy and to tele-mental health services. You will be better prepared to respond to the quandary of jurisdiction, ethical, legal, and contractual issues that will arise as you begin to integrate and deliver tele-mental services into your practice.

Good practice methods apply regardless of the clinical setting.

Whether you’re already providing tele-mental health services, or just curious about taking that next step to do so – this workshop will give you the practical know-how to protect your clients/patients and yourself. At the end of the day, you should have answers to your questions about tele-mental health services, and general practice strategies and protocols that you can implement right now.

Both attorney Robert P. Landau and Frederic G. Reamer, Ph.D. are experts in their respective fields, and have collaborated frequently to offer high quality seminars, both in this region and nationally.  At dedicated times throughout this workshop, the speakers will hold Q&A sessions to address your specific questions.

Robert Landau, J.D. is a seasoned litigator with the law firm of Roberts, Carroll, Feldstein & Peirce Incorporated in Providence, Rhode Island.  He was co-leader of the firm’s Healthcare Group from 2012 through 2016. He focuses on defending mental health professionals, hospitals, physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health care providers in professional malpractice lawsuits and disciplinary proceedings.  He has extensive experience representing psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers before their licensing boards, frequently obtaining findings of no unprofessional conduct or administratively closing investigations.  

Mr. Landau has presented extensively on the mental health laws in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; ethics and risk management from the legal and mental health perspective; confidentiality and disclosure issues; and avoiding and defending malpractice suits and claims. 

He has been practicing law over 35 years in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, where he’s successfully represented clients in the state and federal courts.  He has appeared regularly before the R.I. Supreme Court and has a number of reported decisions. 

Mr. Landau received his B.S. degree from Duke University, and his J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law.  He has been selected for inclusion in the Rhode Island Super Lawyers list (2015 through 2018, and 2012).

Frederic Reamer, Ph.D. has been a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College for over 30 years. He lectures nationally and internationally on professional ethics and professional malpractice liability. 

Dr. Reamer’s teaching and extensive research draw from his experiences as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings.  He focuses on a wide range of human service issues, including health care, mental health, criminal justice and public welfare.  He has been involved in several national research search projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, Carnegie Corporation, Haas Foundation, and Center for Bioethics of the University of Pennsylvania. He’s published 21 books and more than 145 journal articles and book chapters in such volumes as the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, and the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics.  Among his books: Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool. His latest work is On the Parole Board: Reflections on Crime, Punishment, Redemption, and Justice. 

Apropos to this workshop, Dr. Reamer chaired the national task force sponsored jointly by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association to develop Technology Standards in Social Work Practice (2018). Previously he chaired the national task force that wrote the current NASW Code of Ethics; and he chaired the ASWB international task force that wrote the 2015 Model Regulatory Standards for Technology and Social Work Practice.    

Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

(6 CE Credits)

Robert Landau, J.D.:
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to
1. Analyze the legal risks and benefits of utilizing tele-mental health 
2. Review health insurance carrier positions about tele-mental health services
3. Learn and apply proactive risk management  and documentation techniques
4. Review relevant state and federal laws regarding confidentiality
5. Discuss how to handle Licensing Board complaints  

Frederic Reamer, Ph.D.:
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to
1. Identify ethical issues associated with psychologists’ providing tele-mental health services
2. Apply prevailing ethical standards related to tele-mental services
3. Develop protocols to protect their clients/patients who receive tele-mental health services from them
4. Implement strategies that prevent ethics complaints and ethics violations about the tele-mental health services you provide

Enrollment: Enrollments are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.  This program has an enrollment limit of 40 participants.  Early enrollment is strongly encouraged.

• Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. • Workshop begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. • Workshop concludes at 4:00 p.m.

• For RIPA members the fee is $109. • For non-members the fee is $169. • For student members the fee is $65. • For student non-members the fee is $89.

• Lunch Option: A bag lunch will be available for an additional charge of $15.00.  The lunch will include a sandwich, fruit, chips, dessert, and beverage. Choose this option on the Registration Form.


• A handling fee of $30 is deducted for cancellation prior to Friday, April 19, 2019. No refund will be made thereafter.
• Fee includes refreshment breaks.
• Participants arriving late or departing early will not receive credit or documentation of attendance.
• No partial credit provided.
• Please submit any special needs requirements to the RIPA CPE Committee, 401-732-2400.
• Written grievances about the workshop may be addressed to the RIPA CPE Committee. • For more information about the workshop, please call the RIPA CPE Committee at 401-732-2400.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: For Psychologists: The Continuing Professional Education Committee of the Rhode Island Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Professional Education Committee maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants earn 6 credits for this program. For Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors: Applications for continuing education credits have been mailed to specific regulatory boards for approval for this workshop. Participants earn 6 credits for this program. For Other Disciplines: Call the RIPA office at 401-732-2400.