23 Ways to Protect Your License From Licensing Board Investigations and Civil Lawsuits

Presented by Ofer Zur, PhD on 06-18-2021 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Professional ethical violations on the part of mental health clinicians and failure to meet current standards of care can result in complaints to licensing boards, loss of license, and/or civil lawsuits.

In this 2-hour continuing education webinar, Ofer Zur, PhD, the founder of Zur Institute, will review current standards of care that all psychotherapists, counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, and social workers need to maintain. Dr. Zur will outline 23 specific ways in which licensed psychotherapists need to pay close attention to their practice in order to avoid board complaints or civil lawsuits and keep their licenses.

Dr. Zur will attend to the complex issues related to therapists engaging with clients via texting and social media. He will also briefly outline and address some of the ethical considerations arising from the current COVID-19 pandemic and the new era of telemental health.

This introductory web conference is designed to help mental health professionals:

  1. Differentiate between ethical, legal, clinical, and risk management aspects of cases.
  2. Identify the three most common complaints of state licensing boards filed against licensed psychotherapists and counselors.
  3. Describe the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations.
  4. Identify the differences among various types of consultations.
  5. List at least three ethical considerations and challenges for mental health professionals arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: The presenter has no financial relationship to this program and there is no conflict of interest regarding the presented material. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views, policies, and positions of GoodTherapy.

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At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in your GoodTherapy Account. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 legal ethical CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety. To receive CE credit hours for an archived recording, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events are generally considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

GoodTherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 3/30/2019 – 3/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 ethics continuing education credits.

GoodTherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395. GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Mental health professionals who are not members can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95. Sign up here to purchase this CE course and earn a CE certificate.

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Meet the Presenter

Ofer Zur, PhD

Ofer Zur, PhD

Ofer Zur, PhD, lives in Sebastapol, CA and founded the Zur Institute 25 years ago. He is a licensed psychologist, instructor, and forensic and ethics consultant and expert.

Dr. Zur has authored or co-authored five books and over 50 published articles on ethics and related topics. His writing and teaching in the U.S. and abroad focus on ethics, critical thinking, boundaries, dual relationships, managed-care-free private practices, the psychology of victims, the psychology of war, and the psychology of gender.

You can learn more about Dr. Zur at drzur.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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