Legal Issues in Counselling: Documentation, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting and the Duty to Warn

This On Demand Training is 3 hours. Access information, resources and CEU information will be sent to you shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year.

This webinar was broadcasted live on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The legal environment governing mental health, psychotherapy, and counselling in Canada has become increasingly complex, challenging, and intimidating. The good news is that Canadian law is very supportive of treatment, counselling, and healthcare professionals who act reasonably and in good faith. These two webinars provide you with a practical understanding of the key legal principles governing your counselling practice in order to avoid potential common legal problems.

In this Legal Issues in Counselling webinar, you will learn why proper record-keeping is essential for mental health professionals and why you could be held liable for negligent recordkeeping, recording client sessions, recording information about or from third parties, and even email communication. Robert discusses confidentiality and the legal consequences of breaching it, the meaning of implied and express consent and how to obtain it, and the rights of parents to access their children’s counselling records. This workshop also covers a discussion about the provincial laws that require clinicians to report client information when suspected danger is present.

Robert M. Solomon, LLB, LLM holds the rank of Distinguished University Professor in the Faculty of Law at Western University. He has been involved in research and teaching on healthcare, civil liability and criminal law for more than 46 years. In addition, he has served as a consultant to Health and Welfare Canada, the Law Reform Commission of Canada, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and numerous healthcare and counselling agencies. Robert has also presented and written extensively about the challenging legal environment facing psycho-therapists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals. He is the lead author of A Legal Guide for Social Workers, 3rd edition.

TimeTopic Covered
1st hour
  • Documentation
2nd hour
  • Confidentiality and disclosure
15 Minute Break
3rd hour
  • Mandatory reporting obligations and the duty to warn

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Live Broadcast Attendees

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For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US Participants

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance showing the hours completed will be distributed either following the Live Broadcast or with On-Demand registration (On-Demand participants must pass a post-webinar attendance quiz).  A CE package will be available which includes the full webinar description and details, the speaker’s CV and references.

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
Webinar RateCAD$139.00 (USD$110)
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