July 27 – Mandatory Reporting Laws


Understanding Mandatory Reporting Laws


Workshop Information

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019 – Sign-In: 9:30am – Workshop: 10:00am-1:00pm

Location: College Park City Hall – City Council Chambers: 4500 Knox Rd, College Park, MD 20740

Cost:         $69 early registration through July 20

$79 after July 20

**$60 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more**

Presenter: Richard Bloch, JD

CEU Credits: 3 Maryland & DC Social Work Category 1 ETHICS CEUs**

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Richard Bloch

Richard Bloch, J.D. has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979.  He has written numerous articles and lectures frequently on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the practice of mental health.  Mr. Bloch is President of Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A. and has been in private practice in Maryland since 1972.  He received his B.A. from the George Washington University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  His practice focuses primarily on health law and representing healthcare providers before the Boards of Examiners, general business law, estate planning and civil litigation.  He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association.


Workshop Description

There are Maryland, D.C. and Federal laws that provide for exceptions to confidentiality of clients’ information by requiring mental health providers to report suspected child abuse and neglect, vulnerable adult abuse, neglect and self-neglect, and the duty to warn third persons of potential harm by a client. This workshop will review the provisions of these laws, and the impact on confidentiality and clinical issues. The workshop will look at the limitations of the scope of these laws and the analysis necessary to determine if an event falls within the exceptions set forth. We will also discuss the consequences of failing to report.


Workshop Objectives

1. Explain the definitions and provisions in the abuse reporting laws.

2. Understand when a reportable incident of abuse or neglect has occurred.

3. Identify where to report an incident that occurred out of state.

4. Understand how to differentiate between abuse and neglect.

5. Explain the requirements for reporting an incident.

6. Explain the consequences of failing to report.

7. Explain the duty to warn and the statutory elements for immunity.


Workshop Agenda

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **