Sept 13 – Reduce Your Legal Liability


Reduce Your Legal Liability:

Updates  to Laws and Ethics for Mental Health Providers 

Workshop Information


Date: Friday, Sept 13, 2019 – Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: The Meeting House in Columbia, MD: 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21045

Cost: $149 early registration through Sept 6, $165 after Sept 6, $130 Groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Richard Bloch, JD

CEU Credits: 6 Social Work Category 1 ETHICS Maryland and DC CEUs**


Presenter Bio

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 general business law, health law and representing healthcare providers before the Boards of Examiners, estate planning and civil litigation. He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, and the Baltimore County Bar Association.


Workshop Description

Learn about the legal and ethical issues impacting the practice of mental health, including confidentiality, privilege, informed consent, mandated reporting, documentation, tele-health, electronic health records, boundaries and courts. We will discuss the provisions of the Maryland and DC laws and regulations, the ethical codes, how to recognize potential issues, informed consent and communicating with the client, and avoiding inappropriate and/or unintended consequences, and the role of the practitioner in the court system, including responding to subpoenas, and testifying at depositions and in court. The session will also discuss planning for retirement, emergencies, and death.


Workshop Objectives

1. Recognizing legal and ethical issues relating to private practice;

2. Explaining the analytical processes that must be followed in resolving issues;

3. Describe the mental health practitioner’s obligations regarding informed consent and disclosing potential conflicts to the client;

4. Explain professional wills and how to plan for transitions in the practice;

5. Explain the mental health practitioner’s role in responding to subpoenas and in court proceedings.

6. Review the limitations and requirements for tele-mental health.


Workshop Agenda


** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs) for licensed social workers in Maryland. In addition, most of our workshop are approved or pending approval through the DC Board of Social Work.  These credits are typically also accepted by the Maryland Psychology Board, Maryland Board of Professional Counselors, Maryland Board for the Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals (CRCCPA), the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners, the Virginia Board of Social Work and other state boards.  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. **