Via live interactive webinar
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.
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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3 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)
Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same credit status as live in person by New York, Maryland and many other State boards. Please confirm with your local board.
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 and for mental health counselors, #MHC-0167. Note: This course provides 3 Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar).
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 via reciprocity by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Board of Psychologists. Please verify with your board.
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