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"NEW TOPIC - Legal and Ethical Issues Workshop"

  • June 22, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


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"Border Wars: Jurisdictional Challenges for Psychotherapists Providing Telehealth"
with David Jensen, JD      
Border Wars: Jurisdictional Challenges for Psychotherapists Providing Telehealth

Whether they realize it or not, the practice of Telehealth creates many different types of jurisdictional challenges for psychotherapists, especially when their patients are from other states or when their patients travel to other states, whether temporarily or permanently. These issues include the possibility of having to defend one's professional conduct in other states; the possibility of committing a crime in other states; and, the possibility of the professional's licensing board taking adverse action against the provider's license for providing such care. On the other hand, in today's complex world, patients may have to travel to other states for work or recreation, or they may experience some sort of personal crisis while visiting another state and need immediate and necessary help. So, how does the law balance the obligations of health care providers to provide adequate care for their patients with the restrictions that states have about practicing without a license issued by that state? This is a very complex area of the law, and practitioners who engage in Telehealth -or are interested in Telehealth- must understand some sophisticated legal principles to make the best decisions for them in terms of orienting their conduct. In this six-hour presentation David G. Jensen, CAMFT Staff Attorney, will review significant statutes and cases that highlight the legal issues in this emerging and ever-expanding area of the mental health milieu.

Learning Objectives
In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Recognize three distinct types of legal jurisdiction affecting mental health professionals.
  2. Describe the rule of law and the rationale of the seminal case of Wright v. Yackley (1972) 490 F.2d. 287.
  3. Describe the rule of law and the rationale of Prince v. Urban (1996) 49 Cal.App.4th 1056.
  4. Describe the rule of law and the rationale of Hageseth v. Superior Court (2007) 150 Cal.App.4th 1399.
  5. Identify three examples of what it means to practice in another jurisdiction without a license.

Dave Jensen, JD has been a Staff Attorney with CAMFT since April 2002. He was born in Flint, Michigan, "Go Tigers!," but was raised in Tustin, California. Dave graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's Degree in History, and he received his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Thereafter, Dave passed the California bar examination in February 1999, and he did it on his first try! In 2016, Dave was awarded a Master of Liberal Studies degree (English concentration) from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As an attorney with CAMFT, Dave consults with its members regarding their legal and ethical dilemmas and obligations, and he is a regular contributor to The Therapist magazine. Dave gives numerous law and ethics presentations to chapters, schools, and agencies, with 8 rotating topics.



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Friday, June 22, 2018

8:30am-9am Registration/Networking/Light Breakfast*
9am-12pm CEU/Speaker Presentation
12pm-1pm Lunch*
1pm-4pm CEU/Speaker Presentation
This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.  Course meets the qualifications for 6 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.
* = non CEU portion of course

Woodland Hills Country Club
The Country Club does not allow denim. This location is ADA compliant.
Room will be chilled; please dress accordingly.

$75 SFV-CAMFT chapter member
$105 non chapter member
Register online by Sunday prior to event 11:59pm.
No phone or email RSVP.
No cash or check, credit cards only.
Includes breakfast and lunch.
Email us for LA and SGV chapter reciprocity.

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Refund Policy 

Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund,

CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
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