Practicing in the New Mental Health Marketplace: Ethical, Legal, and Moral Issues

About the Course:

This important work looks at critical ethical and moral issues in mental health practice. The first section, Practice Issues, explores moral and ethical dilemmas in managed care, including the impact of third-party oversight on clinical practice, confidentiality problems, limitations on length of care, and conflicts of interest for managed care reviewers, as well as ethical questions involved in outcome evaluations, behavioral medicine, and addiction screening. The second section, Business and Legal Issues, provides the most up-to-date information available for practitioners dealing with third-party reimbursement, complex legal contracts, organized delivery systems, capitation, liability concerns, and risk management.

Publication Date:

1998

Author

Small, Richard, Ph.D. & Barnhill, Laurence, Ph.D. (editors)

About the Author:

Dr. Small is past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He has authored several books and numerous articles on insurance, manage care, ethical, and bereavement issues. Dr. Barnhill was president of the Indiana Psychological Association. He has presented numerous workshops on ethics and managed care, multidisciplinary group practice, business consulting, and family therapy.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about ethical concerns in mental health practice and business and legal issues. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. to be able to understand the difference between professional ethics and business ethics

  2. to be able to discuss some of the most difficult conflicts and dilemmas in professional practice today

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