alt Instructor: A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP

alt Approved for 2.5 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs

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This course presents the history of the development of the ethico-legal requirement for mental health professionals to prepare for unanticipated disruptions to, and terminations of practice, due to death or disability.  We begin with a review of the growing awareness of the problem, the ways in which each of the major mental health professional societies have introduced ethical standards, requiring appropriate planning by professionals, and ways in which those ethical standards have become incorporated into the law.  From there, we move to a review of the consequences of failures to make the required preparations and the nature of the impediments to successful planning and implementation.  Finally, we review the three major approaches to addressing these problems, with advantages and disadvantages of each.

Course Goal and Objectives

Objectives: Completion of the 2.5-hour course will enhance your ability to:

  1. Identify the ethical and/or legal source of the requirement for each mental health profession to prepare for unanticipated disruptions/terminations of practice, due to death/disability;
  2. Name three separate/distinct approaches to solving the above problems; and
  3. State at least one advantage and one disadvantage of each of the three approaches.

Beyond The Professional Will: Three Things They Never Taught Us in Graduate School

Purpose: Thinking about closing a practice includes legal, ethical, and clinical issues. It also includes personal concerns and anxieties that can make this topic difficult to contemplate and address in a timely manner. This workshop is designed to address all of these issues, plus provide practical steps, in the context of:

  1. Preparing for unanticipated termination of a practice due to death or disability.
  2. Preparing for unanticipated disruption of a practice due to disability.
  3. Preparing for anticipated retirement.

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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 2.5 hours Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • Approved for California Board of Behaviorial Sciences (BBS) licensed  MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional  Counselors.   The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG), is an organization, institution, or association, recognized by the BBS as a continuing education provider, because SFG is approved by the American Psychological Association as an approved provider of CE credits. 


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