Law & Ethics: Safe Practice: Liability Protection & Risk Management

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Law & Ethics: Safe Practice: Liability Protection & Risk Management

(This class fulfills the BBS Law & Ethics CE requirment.)

This course will outline key legal & ethical information pertaining to maintaining clinical records, privacy regulations & confidentiality, and is designed for those early in their career through senior professionals.

Working in therapy with couples and families has its own legal and ethical dilemmas, requiring clinicians to understand how these unique issues may impact their work. This 6-hour course is designed to help participants deepen their knowledge base in this area. The class will highlight dual relationships, defining the problem with couples and families and the importance of informed consent, confidentiality and secrets. It will cover how to address insurance, subpoenas and board complaints with couples/families.  In addition, Dr. Frankel will provide a brief overview of new statues, record keeping and tele-therapy.  

 Recent Developments in the law will be reviewed such as:

  • Child Abuse Reporting;
  • End of Life Choice Statute;
  • Gun Restrictions;
  • Increase Risks for Custody Evaluators;
  • Helpful Websites for Case Documentation;
  • Recordkeeping;
  • Interface Between Clinicians and the Legal System;
  • Forms and Types of Practice Models;
  • Fees for Professional Services;
  • Coping with Reputational Problems;
  • Involuntary Commitment Issues;
  • Application of New Forms of Treatment.

A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, is a Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and an Attorney at Law who practices both professions in Sonoma County, CA. A past Director of Clinical Training and current Clinical Professor of Psychology at USC, he began recognizing childhood trauma in his adult patient case-load in 1980 and has specialized in working with that population ever since. He joined the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation in the 1990s and was the consultant to the Trauma Program at Del Amo Hospital from 1993 until 2001. He was President of the ISSTD in 2002 and has been active in developing and teaching courses in trauma treatment, as well as publishing chapters in books and professional journals in the trauma field. As an attorney, he represents health care professionals involved in licensing board actions and consults with mental health colleagues facing a variety of legal challenges. He developed Practice Legacy Program, LLC, for transitioning practices of colleagues upon retirement, death or disability, and has spearheaded an effort to protect health care professionals who suffer from degenerative neurocogntive disorders from ending their careers with licensing board actions.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Lunch: Lunch will not be included in this course.
Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

 Fee if Registration Completed: by     





TPI Members $140 $160
Nonmembers $160 $180
Prelicensed Students/Interns $120 $140

CE: 6 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies). Fulfills the BBS supervision class requirement.