Live Seminar

Law and Ethics: Recognizing and Avoiding Pitfalls in Clinical Practice


  • Describe the five-part model on the standard of care
  • List two differences between Federal and State subpoenas
  • Describe how the duty to warn has been expanded by case law
  • Identify two risks posed to therapists by who use social media, including email and texting


Upcoming Dates For This Seminar

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This seminar runs from 9am to 4pm.

This seminar runs from 9am to 5pm.


Course Description

This presentation will address current developments in the law and how mental health professionals can avoid legal actions and ethical mishaps. Topics include: (1) how to minimize the risk of being sued or having a board complaint; (2) identifying issues licensing boards are targeting; (3)changes in the duty to warn of a patient's threat of violence (4) what to do when you get a subpoena (5 ) avoiding role violations in forensic settings and (6) the evolving risks from technology and social media, including websites, email, texting, Facebook, and Twitter. There will be a review of standard of care and a model of how to apply it in day-to-day practice.

Pricing: $199 (Early Registration), $219 (Regular Registration)
6.0 Credits


O. Brandt Caudill, Jr. J.D., Attorney at Law

has been a licensed attorney in California since 1979. He is a recognized expert in the defense of mental health professionals in civil and administrative litigation. He has authored over 20 articles and chapters in several books, and with Dr. Ken Pope wrote book Law and Mental Health Professionals, California published by APA. In addition, Mr. Caudill has had a number of precedent-setting appellate cases on issues significant to mental health professionals.

Registration Information

A continental breakfast, catered lunch, and afternoon snacks are included in the registration fee for all seminars.

The course fee is determined by the date of payment in relation to the course date:

  • Early Registration: If payment is received 3 weeks prior to the seminar date.
  • Regular Registration: For payments received less than 3 weeks prior to the seminar date.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $35.00 processing fee, per seminar, for refunds requested by the Wednesday prior to the weekend of the seminar. After that time, there will be no refunds. If a course must be cancelled due to an unforeseen event (e.g., natural disaster, instructor illness), the seminar will be rescheduled. Participants will be credited to take the rescheduled course or another PPS seminar. No refunds will be given.

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