Ethics and Legal Issues

Ethics and Legal Issues


Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

ACA Author Session
Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #103, Room 316A
The Counselor and the Law: 60 Minutes of Essential Information for Every Counselor

60-Minute Session
Anne Marie "Nancy" Wheeler, Burt Bertram 
This session will highlight the most important and challenging legal and ethical issues affecting counseling practice today. The authors of one of ACA’s best-selling books, The Counselor and the Law, will offer strategies for identifying and managing the inherent legal risks and ethical complexities of practice. A legal/ethical decision-making model will be presented, along with difficult clinical issues, and the following topics will be addressed: the many implications and permutations of confidentiality (privilege, privacy, HIPAA, HITECH, child custody, and subpoenas); co-occurring/dual relationships; social media practices; records and documentation; reporting and warning duties; and making ethical referrals.


Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #120, Room 305A-B
Distance Mental Health Counseling: The Regulation of Practice Across Jurisdictions

60-Minute Session
Eric Strom 
The standard of care for mental health professionals is evolving toward acceptance of distance counseling including cyber, online, tele, and video counseling services. 
Our professional ethics codes have not yet adequately addressed the variation in state regulatory frameworks. This has left many mental health professionals with inadequate guidance on how to create a sound clinical practice that crosses regulatory and legal jurisdictions.
 After discussing the existing standard of care for distance counseling, we then will review a state-by-state survey of the various legal frameworks relating to the regulation of distance counseling.


Friday, March 28
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #121, Room 306A
Understanding Counselor Liability: A 10-Year Analysis of Counselor Malpractice and Licensing/Regulatory Board Claims

60-Minute Session
Michael Loughran, Bruce Dmytrow 
In 2013, HPSO and CNA released a new claim study looking at the past 10 years of counselor malpractice and licensing/regulatory board claims. In addition, HPSO conducted a survey to counselors with claims and without in order to gain insight into possible conditions and factors that led to an incident. Lastly, the study provides risk management recommendations to help counselors improve client outcomes and reduce risk.


Friday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #138, Room 325A-B
The Laptop That Walked Away and Smartphone-Wielding Students: Ethically Sound Data Management in the Digital Age

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Mark A. Tichon, Michael Hayes 
Enjoy a high-energy and participatory advanced session on the ethics and legal issues involved in records management and protecting confidentiality in the digital age, ideal for mental health clinicians and counselor educators. Put that smartphone in your pocket to use as the session begins with anonymous text-based audience response to several questions on your own data management practices. Hear the story of the “laptop that walked away” in a crowded airport, initiating a HIPPA compliance journey with many headaches and lessons learned. Learn how the counseling program at the host university has developed policies and procedures for recording sessions—including the use of smartphones to tape client sessions.


Friday, March 28
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

ASERVIC Session
Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Spirituality & Religious Values Academy
Program ID #155, Room 319A-B
Spirituality as Part of Cultural Competence: Ethical Issues Related to Integrating Spiritual and/or Religion in Counseling

90-Minute Session, Advanced
Stephanie F. Dailey, Harriet L. Glosoff, Leila Roach 
Recognizing that spirituality and/or religion plays a central role in the development and well-being of people from diverse cultural backgrounds, we will examine the intersection of the ASERVIC Competencies, ACA’s Multicultural and Advocacy Competencies, and the ACA Code of Ethics. The presenters will share common ethical challenges that counselors face when issues of spirituality may relate to clients’ presenting problems and/or resolution to those problems, including the ethical obligation to accurately assess clients’ beliefs, practices, and resources. Through the use of case studies, you will gain experience in effective ways to integrate spirituality and/or religion in the counseling process.


Saturday, March 29
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

ARCA Session
Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #215, Room 325A-B
Sustaining Ethical Boundaries: A Challenge to Delivering Rehabilitation Counseling Services in Clients’ Homes and Communities

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Michael T. Hartley, Vilia M. Tarvydas 
Rehabilitation counselors frequently provide services in clients' homes and communities. While meeting clients within their natural environments has the advantage of assessing how the person is functioning within these environments, the relatively new trend toward community-based services creates unique challenges for rehabilitation counselors in terms of ethics and boundary relationships. This session will examine case scenarios that illustrate a variety of common boundary problems and ethical dilemmas. Be engaged in a discussion of best practices, including strategies to assess, document, monitor, and mitigate common boundary problems.


Saturday, March 29
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #225, Room 313C
A Town Hall Meeting on the New 2014 Code of Ethics: What You Need To Know

90-Minute Session
ACA Ethics Revision Task Force 
ACA has finalized the 2014 Code of Ethics. This town hall meeting is an opportunity for you to review the next edition of the ACA Code of Ethics and to learn about issues that impacted the formation of the new code. The Ethics Revision Task Force will be present to discuss the process of the revision and answer questions about changes to the code.


Saturday, March 29
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #269, Room 313C
Addressing Sexual Attraction in the Counseling Relationship

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Kirsten W. Murray, John Sommers-Flanagan 
Supervisors and counselors typically avoid discussing sexual attraction. Often supervisors even ignore obvious signs of attraction as they observe their supervisees. Interestingly, it has been reported that supervisees are often relieved when their supervisors broach sexual attraction issues in supervision. In this session we will discuss the nature of sexual attraction in counseling, provide a model for broaching sexual attraction in supervision, describe strategies for coping with sexual attraction and preventing sexual acting out, and facilitate a discussion on how you currently manage and address sexual attraction and how you might continue to do so even more effectively in the future.


Saturday, March 29
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

IAMFC Session
Couples & Family Counseling Academy
Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #282, Room 325A-B
Ethical Issues in Couples Counseling

60-Minute Session
Loretta Bradley, Bret Hendricks 
Ethics is the cornerstone for many aspects of counseling. Through the use of case studies, this session will focus on ethical dilemmas experienced by counselors working with families, couples, and children. The case studies will help counselors integrate codes of ethics into sound ethical practice, thereby solving ethical dilemmas. The purpose of the presentation is to help counselors not only be aware of potential ethical issues in couples counseling, but also to be aware of how to solve the issues. The focus of the session will be awareness of how to avoid ethical and legal problems.


Sunday, March 30
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Multicultural and International Counseling Academy
Program ID #321, Room 306A
Tarasoff: 40 Years Later. Ethical Dilemmas of Diversity

60-Minute Session, Advanced
Barbara B. Shortridge 
This session will discuss cultural implications in evaluating threats of harm; look at family systems implications that might assist counselors interrupt threatening scenarios; increase one's awareness of stalking behaviors; and review current trends in our duties to warn and to protect.


Sunday, March 30
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Counseling Ethics & Legal Issues Academy
Program ID #342, Room 306B
Counseling Practice and Technology According To HIPAA: An Update For 2014

90-Minute Session
Roy Huggins 
How do you keep up with a field like tech when the best practices change more frequently than you replace the tissues in your office? Modern counseling practice relies on communications technology more than ever. Our clients want to text, email and Skype with us; pay with credit cards; and connect on social media. We also get an array of conflicting advice for dealing with it. In this Sessionwe'll dispel myths and explore practical realities of how HIPAA views our responsibilities around security and privacy, and what that looks like in practice. We'll focus on communications and storage technology (read texting, email, and videoconferencing as well as computers and mobiles.) This seminar is beginner-friendly. No geekiness required!

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Professional / regular
$480

New Professional / student / retiree
$345

Non-member Attendee
$615

Non-member student
$505

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Preconference Learning Institutes

Advance Rates Thru 2/15/14

Professional / regular
Day: $170
Evening: $125

New Professional / student / retiree
Day: $125
Evening: $100

Non-member Attendee
Day: $230
Evening: $185

Non-member student
Day: $185
Evening: $160

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