The Family System Plagued by Conflict:

Legal and Ethical Risk Management

VA Hospital

White River Junction


Course Objectives

By the end of the program participants will be able to:

  1. Understand parental rights with regard to initiation of treatment, termination of treatment, and access to minor children’s confidential information.
  2. Learn the difference between a subpoena and a court order and how to respond to both.
  3. Utilize the informed consent process as a risk management tool in order to better educate clients, establish expectations and  to address and resolve potential problems early.
  4. Identify high risk cases involving family systems in conflict and how to approach such cases.
  5. Address and  understand how risk management practices can protect you and help maintain the therapeutic relationship.

CE Workshop-November 16, 2018

Course Description

 Many court-involved families are experiencing strife and potentially volatile situations due to contentious divorce and custody proceedings.  While members of these families may need support from mental health practitioners, the practitioners who provide such support can find themselves involved in some of the most ethically and legally hazardous clinical work.  This presentation will help practitioners learn how to navigate these matters in order to provide effective services while avoiding allegations of wrongdoing.

5 Ethics

CE Credits

Andrea Daly, Esq., is a partner at Robinson, Boesch, Sennott & Masse, P.A. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.   Her areas of practice include probate law and mental health law.  In her probate litigation practice, she handles matters involving family conflict over money.  In her mental health work, she has defended dozens of physicians, social workers and psychotherapists before their state licensing boards and understands how the boards operate and what the boards' expectations are for licensees.  In addition, she represents patients who have brought claims against individual practitioners and organizations.  A large part of Andrea’s practice involves training and providing on-going risk management advice to licensees on issues related to ethics, confidentiality, informed consent, reporting laws, records management, and other legal issues related to mental health care and medical care.   She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1991 and her Juris Doctor degree from Vermont Law School in 1997. 

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals.

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

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Conference Schedule

   8:30     Registration

  9:00      Program Begins

10:30     Break (15 minutes)

12:00     Lunch (ON YOUR OWN)

   1:30     Program Resumes

   2:45     Break (15 minutes)

   4:00     Program Ends