Understanding Mandatory Reporting Laws

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.


Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Time: Sign-In: 9:30am – Workshop: 10:00am-1:00pm

LocationCollege Park City Hall: 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 Ethics CEUs



Richard Bloch is President and Senior Attorney at Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A.   Mr. Bloch has been in the private practice of law in Baltimore, Maryland since 1972. He received his B.A. from The George Washington University in 1968, and his J.D. from The University of Maryland, School of Law in 1972. 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 on health law, general business matters, trade association law, estate planning and administration and civil litigation. He also represents health practitioners before the Maryland Health Occupation Boards of Examiners, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Physicians. Mr. Bloch has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979, He writes and lectures regularly on the legal and ethical issues relating to the practice of psychology and the mental health professions. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association.


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  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
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  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
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  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
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  • West Virginia Social Workers
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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.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


  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.

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