On-Demand: Hot Topics in Ethics & the Law - 6 CEUs


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When and Where:

  • CE Hours Included: 6 Ethics, Core, or Related (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $135
  • Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D. & Chris J. York, Esq. (see bios below)
  • The on-demand version of this workshop is not yet available. By pre-registering for this workshop, you will receive access as soon as it is available in July.

Forms Included: These forms were created by the presenters ($85 value that's included!):

  • COVID In-Person Therapy Critical Forms: COVID Informed Consent, COVID in-Person Waiver, COVID Office Protocol & Meeting Outside Protocol. Pertinent CDC office signs are also included for your convenience.
  • Practice Will: Templates to tailor to your needs and wishes & supporting information form to list where to find everything, passwords, keys, etc.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify what to do if you are served with a Subpoena.
  • Review some lesser-known dual relationship issues concerning court appearances and document production by therapists who never planned to be involved in court work.
  • Explain the ethical requirement for every therapist to have a Practice Will and a general plan if something were to happen to the therapist. Each participant will be given a Practice Will Package as part of this workshop created by the presenters along with instructions regarding how to complete it.
  • Define and assess subtle boundary issues that occur when therapists engage in “helping too much” by going over time, making special accommodations, advice-giving, self-disclosure, seeing the friends or family of clients, etc.
  • Describe the ethical requirements around the termination of clinical services to avoid abandonment and reduce liability, particularly when the therapist wants to or needs to initiate the termination.
  • Explain the legal side of risk management strategies throughout the workshop, including the four elements of malpractice and what to do if served with a lawsuit or faced with a Licensing Board complaint.
  • Analyze where we stand with COVID-19 at this point and what ethical and legal obligations we have going forward as the pandemic becomes more of an endemic. COVID Disclaimer/Informed Consent Included.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will address several ethical topics that seem to be particularly relevant to therapists right now based on how many questions Dr. Beaton-York and Mr. York have been receiving regarding these “hot topics.” They will address ethical issues that have emerged such as the importance of having a plan if something were to happen to the therapist, also known as a Practice Will. Together, the presenters have created a Practice Will template from both an ethical and legal perspective that will be included as part of this workshop. They will also walk you through the steps of implementing your Practice Will. Dr. Beaton-York will define other subtle boundary issues that occur when therapists engage in “helping too much” by going over time, making special accommodations, advice-giving, self-disclosure, seeing the friends or family of clients, etc. Mr. York will address what questions could arise in court around varying from normal protocol and how to consider such questions ahead of time to avoid being in court at all. Dr. Beaton-York will define some lesser-known dual relationship issues concerning court appearances and document production by therapists who never planned to be involved in court work. She will describe the ethical requirements around the termination of clinical services to avoid abandonment and reduce liability, particularly when the therapist wants to or needs to initiate the termination.

While Dr. Beaton-York will address the ethical side of such dilemmas, Mr. York will address the legal side of risk management strategies, including the four elements of malpractice and what to do if served with a lawsuit or faced with a Licensing Board complaint.

Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D.

Dr. Beaton-York has 30 years of experience in the therapy field, and she has run her own businesses for 25 of those years. She was the Founder of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute, a very large practice with over 40 self-pay clinicians when she sold it after just eight years. She is the Co-Founder of the nonprofit OCD Georgia, Inc., and the founder of The Knowledge Tree, LLC. She loves growing businesses and coaching therapists regarding practice-building from an ethical perspective. In 2005, Dr. Beaton-York was voted Counselor Educator of the Year by the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory University. Dr. Beaton-York is also the Chair of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee. You may have also seen her on the television series "Hoarding: Buried Alive" as the treating psychologist on over 60 episodes.

Chris J. York, Esq.

Mr. York attended Bowdoin College in Maine for undergrad and is a 1991 graduate of Emory University Law School. As an Atlanta-based litigator, early in his career he tried numerous medical malpractice jury trials on behalf of defendant physicians. Later, he focused more on product liability, business, and corporate practice. He was Georgia counsel to a national seat belt and airbag supplier and later served as Senior VP and General Counsel to an Atlanta medical device company. In 2003, he formed his own firm which he still runs. His law partner, Chip Gaskill, is a Vanderbilt Law School graduate who specializes in corporate matters in addition to family law, trusts, and estates. Their firm is York Gaskill, LLC. Today, Mr. York primarily specializes in helping small businesses, with several of his clients being therapy practice owners.

What people are saying about Dr. Beaton-York's and Mr. York's workshops:

  • "I love watching them interact together. They offer the best of both worlds with covering both the ethical and legal side of our profession! Thank you so much!!!” S.T.
  • This workshop was easily the very best use of my CEU money ever! I’ve only gone to Becky’s ethics workshops for the past decade because she’s so good. However, adding Chris’ legal expertise is the crème de la crème!!! F.S.
  • “I love how Becky is able to ask Chris the legal questions we need answers to in layman’s terms and how helpful he is. After the workshop, he was incredibly kind about answering questions that were pertinent to my practice.” C.R.
  • “I usually brace myself for ethics being boring, but Becky was able to make it engaging and even enjoyable. The time actually flew by.” J.M.
  • “Their handouts are incredible. I’m leaving with a great resource to refer back to.” D.R.

6 Ethics, Core, or Related CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Psychologists: All online webinars (both real-time "synchronous" and on-demand "asynchronous") count the same as "live" throughout 2022 (including ethics). There is also a proposed Board rule to make this change permanent. Please stay tuned for updates.
    • Licensed in another state: The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
    • Georgia Counselors: This workshop has been approved for 6 Core Hours as an "On-Demand - asynchronous" course by NBCC (ACEP # above). NBCC hours satisfy the requirements of the Georgia Composite Board. They do not need to be approved by LPCA. This 6 CE course needs to be "Core" because the Georgia Composite Board requires that all Ethics hours be obtained either live or via a live synchronous webinar.
    • Licensed in another state as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your specific state rules to be certain.
    • Licensed in Canada as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree has applied for approval for this workshop through CCPA.
  • Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
    • Georgia: Because we have national approval for all our courses through APA, this workshop would be part of your option for up to 15 "Related Hours." For Masters Licensed Therapists in Georgia, "Related" hours are allowed to comprise up to 15 hours of the total 35 hours required per renewal period (10 hours of On-Demand are expressly permitted, and the extra five would be your optional Independent Study hours). "Ethics" hours must be obtained via a live "Synchronous" event (either in-person or Live Webinars). Please see our Live Webinars for Ethics options.
    • Licensed in another state as a Social Worker or MFT: The Knowledge Tree has national approval for all our courses through APA. Many states will accept APA-approved continuing education hours, but please check your specific state rules & regulations.

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