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

Topics: Legal

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

Tuesday, Jun, 06, 2023 10.00 AM to 01.15 PM EST
3 CE Hours
$99.99 $79.99
Witness, Expert, Party to a Proceeding: Preparing Mental Health Professionals for Legal System Involvement
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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 live interactive 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.
Learning Objectives:
Upon the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Sources and Resources (click to expand): 
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Pollack, D. & Reiter, E. (2021, October 10). How Much Weight Does a Social Worker'sOpinion Carry in Court? Texas Lawyer,https://www.law.com/texaslawyer/2021/10/10/how-much-weight-does-a-socialworkers-opinion-carry-in-court/?slreturn=20210911121935 .

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CE Credits:
 3 CE Live Online Contact Hour(s)

Note: Live interactive webinar is considered the same as live in person by most states. 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 and for psychologists, #PSY-0236. Note: This course provides 3 Clinical Contact Hour(s) live online credits (via interactive webinar) or live in person. 

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.

ASWB ACE Approved
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 Clinical continuing education credits.

NBCC ACEP Approved
Core Wellness, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7094. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Core Wellness, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

APA Approved
Core Wellness, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Core Wellness, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Time Zone and Currency
All times listed are EST (New York time); All prices are in USD.

Cancellation, Policies and Refunds:
Fee covers: Attendance, course material and CE award to those who complete the course. Registration is open until the course sells out (when this occurs, purchase option is disabled). We recommend signing up early to secure your spot and for early bird pricing. We provide a full refund upon request for cancellations submitted seven (7) calendar days before the webinar date. Cancellations received after that time frame will be granted: a transfer, credit or recorded webinar access, when available. For further questions, please see the FAQ section or contact us. In the rare event of a training cancellation, a notification and full refund (for the course fee only) will be automatically sent to you via your email on file.

Accessibility Accommodations:
To request an accommodation, please contact us in writing with at least 30 days prior notice and we will do our best to fulfill your request.

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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