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Law and Ethics: Sherlock Holmes, Psychotherapy, and the Standard of Care

Presented by David Jensen, JD CAMFT Staff Attorney - 6 CE Hours

Workshop Description:
With the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created one of the most beloved characters in all of literature. But, what if Sherlock Holmes had been a psychotherapist solving mysteries of the mind and affect instead of a "consulting detective" solving mysteries of crime? Would Holmes, brilliant as he was, have been a competent therapist? Would he have been an ethical one? Would conduct in his personal life cause him to run-afoul of his licensing board? In this six-hour presentation, Dave Jensen, CAMFT Staff Attorney, will explore fundamental aspects of the profession through the lens of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. This course, however, presupposes no familiarity with any of Doyle's works. This course satisfies the Law and Ethics course requirement for psychologists, LMFTs, and LCSWs, which is required each license renewal cycle.

Learning Objectives:
This workshop is design for participants to be able to:
1. Explain the standard of care and how it applies to psychotherapists
2. List the importance of facts within the psychotherapist-patient relationship
3. Analyze and apply key judgments affecting the profession, including, but limited to, patients dangerous to themselves or others; the reasonable suspicion of child, elder, or dependent adult abuse; minor consent issues; the confidentiality of certain information; incorporating one's practice; what to include when advertising; and creating and maintaining the integrity of the psychotherapist-patient privilege
4. Identify and discern how personal issues may affect one's license to practice psychotherapy.