When: Any (Distance Learning/Home Study)
Instructor: I. Scott Cohen, LICSW, LMFT
CE’s**: 6 CE’s approved for LMFT’s, LICSW’s, LMHC’s, and Lic. Psychologists
Rate: $85 Regular Rate, $65 Agency Clinician Discount*

This Home Study Program is adapted from Tales From the Licensing Board: Ethical Issues Facing Couple and Family Therapists that was recorded as a live event on December 8, 2017.

Listen to an interview with I. Scott Cohen here.

If you work with more than one member of a family at a time, it is critical to be well informed about the relevant professional ethics, yet how many of us are? This online program brings to life the AAMFT Code Of Ethics as well as some of the ethical guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of MA, in an engaging and thought-provoking way. Topics such as the Guidelines for Dealing with Children Whose Parents are Divorced, Separated or Not Living Together, and Policy on Distance, Online and Other Electronic-Assisted Counseling are examined. In addition, we discuss informed consent, record keeping and how to be compliant with HIPPA and state regulations. Examples and case material from the Board of Registration complaint cases are used, offering guidance to clinicians in avoiding common pitfalls.

Participants will:

  1. Understand Informed Consent and learn how to comply with the Informed Consent in the psychotherapeutic relationship
  2. Review the AAMFT Code of Ethics and understand how they apply to practicing marriage and family therapists
  3. Understand what are the important elements of record keeping
  4. Understand what the marriage and family therapist’s responsibilities are when treating children in MA where parents may be separated, divorced or never married
  5. Learn about developing a Professional Will
  6. Learn about the MA and the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy regulatory Board’s guidelines on teletherapy

0:00-0:04 Introduction
0:04-2:30 AAMFT Code of Ethics
2:30-3:01 Informed Consent
3:01-3:16 Clinical Record Keeping
3:16-3:44 Minors in Therapy
3:44-4:04 On Line or Teletherapy
4:04-4:08 Professional Wills
4:08-4:09 Allied Board of Mental Health
4:09-5:33 Review of Case

I. Scott CohenI. Scott Cohen, LICSW, LMFT is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Since 1978, he has provided couples, family, individual and group therapy. He specializes in working with victims of violent crime and post-traumatic stress disorder, adolescents and their families, and substance abuse and addictions.



Registration coming soon.

*Who qualifies for the Agency Clinician/Student Rate?
We offer this discounted rate to enable students and clinicians working in community mental health settings on a full-time basis to be able to participate. Group practices are not eligible.

**This activity has been certified by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education.

**Continuing Education Credit is approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

  • Psychologists:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Social Workers:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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