Join Dr. Pamela Harmell, a nationally recognized lecturer, specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. Dr. Hamell’s first session addresses Patient Abandonment and will include when it is ethically appropriate to terminate the relationship with a client, even if the client objects, along with the four elements required for proper termination. This session will also cover how clinicians can protect themselves for claims of discrimination or abandonment when terminating a client. The second half of the session will address ethical aspects of cultural sensitivity in the current climate and will include how the DSM 5 addresses culture in diagnostic practices, along with how you use intersectionality in your clinical work.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Ethics & Cultural Diversity Training created by Pamela Harmell, PhD in 2021.
Dr. Pamela Harmell, Ph. D. is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and has formally studied law. She is the Past President of the Board of Psychology. Dr. Harmell is the former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee and former Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association and is Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.
Disclosures She receives recording royalties for this presentation.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge, but is geared more towards an intermediate level.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Describe the four elements of a proper termination.
List three elements of a proper referral.
Describe when it is ethically appropriate to terminate the relationship with a client even if the client objects.
Describe the three pillars of cultural sensitivity.
List the four ways cultural sensitivity impacts mental health.
Describe the ways to practice cultural sensitivity in the work setting.
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Faculty: Pamela Harmell, PhD
She receives recording royalties for this presentation.
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