Terry Casey – Ethics with Minors for Colorado Mental Health Professionals
WHY WORKING WITH MINORS IS DIFFERENT
Vulnerability and power differentials
Federal and state laws outlining legal responsibilities
Issues involved with older adolescents
CONSENT RULES AND ISSUES INVOLVING MINORS
Consent vs. assent
Who can provide consent?
Parental rights and consent rules
Special rules for older adolescents
Informed consent process
WHEN A MINOR IS (AND IS NOT) A CLIENT
When does an individual become a client?
Ethical vs. legal considerations
CONFIDENTIALITY STANDARDS AND LIMITS WITH MINORS
Limits of confidentiality
Communications with minors and parents
Progressive scenarios technique
PARENTAL RIGHTS…AND WRONGS
CONTROL OF MINORS’ RECORDS
Health care vs. educational records
HIPAA vs. FERPA
Who has access?
Responding to requests for records
Clinical records and psychotherapy notes
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF DIVORCED PARENTS
Informed consent process
Other legal considerations
MANDATORY REPORTING: THE “WHAT”, “WHEN” AND “TO WHOM”
Mandatory reporting laws
Federal definition of child abuse
BOUNDARY ISSUES WITH MINORS
Social media policies
Texting and messaging
When it is appropriate, and when it is not Informed consent
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Those of us who treat minors and their families experience a flood of emotions. There is confusion over changing ethical codes and laws, fear that the actions that we take will lead to long-term developmental damage, and anxiety that at any moment we might unintentionally cross a line that could jeopardize our professional license and put us in legal peril. In this environment, we can find ourselves impaired in our ability to function as professionals and help our clients. We’re left with more questions than answers to the question, “What Should I do”
Combining a step-by-step guide to an effective decision-making model, the most updated ethical codes and legal statutes, and lessons from 30 years in the trenches as a clinician and ethics professor, Terry Casey, PhD, HSP will give you a solid foundation for knowing exactly what to do in situations with minors and their families. You will have much more confidence about the course of action you take involving mandatory reporting, access to minors’ records, parental rights, boundary issues, touch, and others.
Get the peace of mind that you are ethically serving the needs of your most vulnerable clients.