Psychology: Ethics in Behavioral Health Documentation: Reasons, Risks, and Rewards

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About Course

Release Date: March 28,2019
Expiration Date: March 28, 2024

Too often behavioral health providers are not provided with sufficient training in documentation. This intermediate level course will help novice and seasoned practitioners approach documentation in a way that is guided not solely by what is mandated, but by what is mutually beneficial to the practitioner, the agency, the funding source, and most of all, the clients. Using case examples and referencing the NASW, APA, NBCC, AAMFT, and ACA codes of ethics the course provides strategies for adhering to guidelines and avoiding risks related to documentation. Further, the course discusses digital documentation in private practice, agency, and hospital settings.

Social Workers participating in this course will receive 3 (ethics) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the rationale for high-quality documentation.
  • Describe the content of good clinical documentation.
  • Identify aspects of clinical documentation that present potential ethical problems.
  • Recognize documentation risks specific to digital record keeping.
  • Describe decision making in ethical documentation.

About the Author

Claudia J. Dewane, DEd, LCSW, is a former associate professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia. She received a doctorate in adult education and health psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University. Dr. Dewane is a licensed clinical social worker, maintains board-certified diplomate status in clinical social work, and has a certificate in advanced clinical supervision. She is the founder of Clinical Support Associates, a private firm providing supervision, consultation, and training to professional social workers. She has presented numerous workshops on clinical, supervisory, and ethical issues in social work. Dr. Dewane has also taught and published on ethics and supervision. She serves on the Ethics Committee of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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