Witness, Expert, Party to a Proceeding: Preparing Mental Health Professionals for Legal System Involvement

Topics: Adults, Risk Assessment, Documentation, Confidentiality, Legal, Expert Witness

Audience: Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)

3 CE Hours
$99.99 $59.99
Witness, Expert, Party to a Proceeding: Preparing Mental Health Professionals for Legal System Involvement On-demand Course
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Kathryn S. Krase

Child Legal Advocate

Kathryn Krase is a social worker, lawyer, researcher, educator, and expert on professional ethics. She has significant experience as a family law practitioner, social work supervisor, along with more than 20 years of experience in faculty and administrative roles in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level social work programs in and around New York City.  Dr. Krase is the Principal Consultant for Krase Consulting, in Brooklyn, New York, where she focuses on educating mental and physical health professionals on their general legal and ethical obligations.   

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Course Overview

Via recorded webinar
Course Description:
Course awards 1.5 CE Ethics per COMAR 10.42.06

As mental health professionals, we are often frozen with fear when our clients ask or sometimes subpoena us to court on their behalf. Many times this occur with a family involved in a custody case, an injured client seeking support in their lawsuit or a request to be an expert witness. Sometimes clinicians find themselves being sued as well. While we never wish for any of these items, the reality is that they do occur. The best way to deal with them is to be prepared.

The reality is that professionals are often put in a position where they must interface with the legal system. This can be daunting. This course, appropriately presented by a expert whose dual role as a mental health professional and lawyer will help prepare clinicians with information and skills to competently interface with the legalsystem, when necessary.

Note: This course provides no individual legal advice, however, it provides a framework, familiarity and exposure to multiple legal processes, advice on how to protect yourself and when to seek legal help.
Original recording date: June 6, 2023 Length: 180 Minutes
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify stages of a legal proceeding.
  • Explain 3 or more contexts where mental health professionals can serve asvaluable resources for a court proceeding.
  • Effectively communicate important information within the legal system.
  • 5 skills to help clients serve as an ambassador to the legal system and an advocate for their clients within the legal system. 
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    CE Details:
    3 CE recorded webinar contact hour(s)

    Core Wellness, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0569, for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167 and for psychologists #PSY-0236. Note: Note: This course provides 3 contact hour(s) self-study credits. 

    Core Wellness, LLC is authorized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for all programs. Our credits are accepted by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.

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    Core Wellness, LLC, #1745, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 5/18/2024 to 5/18/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 3 recorded continuing education credits.

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    Passing Score and Retest Policy:
    Completing the video and achieving a posttest score of 80% or above is required to receive CE award. Open material permitted and one can retest unlimited times. Upon passing, we will email you a completion certificate within one business day. If failed, we will email you a retest in the same timeframe.

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    Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who successfully complete the course and pass the posttest. Registration is open indefinitely. Recordings, handouts and completion certificates are accessible for a guaranteed one year as long as your account is active. Full refund or equal exchange up to 14 days of purchase if you are not satisfied as long as a completion certificate was not issued. For further details, please see the FAQ section or contact us.

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    Financial Declarations:
    The presenter and Core Wellness hereby declare that no conflict of interest, competing interest, or commercial support for the CE program are present. Presenter receives compensation for program delivery and sales as well as sales of his/her personal books and products.

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    Witness, Expert, Party to a Proceeding: Preparing Mental Health Professionals for Legal System Involvement

    Witness, Expert, Party to a Proceeding: Preparing Mental Health Professionals for Legal System Involvement

    Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT)



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