ODW Legal & Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice 2024 with Robert Solomon

ODW Legal & Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice 2024 with Robert Solomon



This 6-hour on-demand webinar led by Robert Solomon, LLB, LLM, was originally broadcast live on May 2-3, 2024.

All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

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Embark on a journey through the intricate landscape of legal and ethical issues faced in clinical practice with our updated 2024 series.

This comprehensive series is thoughtfully crafted to address the evolving challenges faced by psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare practitioners.

Join us as legal expert Robert Solomon walks us through the legal dimensions that shape your professional practice and enhance your ability to navigate the complexities of ethical decision-making.

Session 1: Informed Consent, Capacity & Negligence

In Session 1, we delve into the critical preliminary issues surrounding the legal environment for mental health professionals. Part I focuses on the legal principles governing consent to treatment, counseling, and care. We explore the intricacies of consent forms, statutory ages, and the principles governing capacity. Part II guides you through the legal aspects of substitute consent, hierarchy of decision-makers, and safeguards. In Part III, we examine negligence, errors in judgment, and incompetence, emphasizing the standard of care expected in supervision and reference provision.

Session 2: Documentation, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting & Duty to Warn

Session 2 unfolds the importance of documentation, confidentiality, and legal obligations. Part I outlines the principles of documentation and the legal significance of recordkeeping. We discuss liability for negligent recordkeeping, client access, and retention policies. Part II delves into confidentiality obligations, their sources, consequences of breaches, and limits under privacy legislation. Part III unravels the intricate web of mandatory reporting obligations, from federal criminal offenses to child abuse. The section concludes with an exploration of the common law duty to warn in Canada.

Throughout this course, real-life therapeutic examples will be interwoven, providing practical insights into how legal principles manifest in clinical practice. Engage in interactive discussions and gain valuable perspectives on anticipating and avoiding legal challenges.

Join us on this educational journey, with opportunities to pose questions and foster a deeper understanding of the legal landscape governing your profession.

Secure your spot today and enhance your practice with a comprehensive understanding of legal and ethical considerations in therapeutic settings.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze basic issues of consent, capacity to consent and substitute consent to treatment, counselling and care.
  • Identify the types of conduct and situations that gives rise to liability in negligence.
  • Apply the legal principles governing documentation, confidentiality and disclosure of patient information.
  • Demystify their overlapping common law and statutory documentation, confidentiality and disclosure obligations.
  • Determine the mandatory reporting obligations that apply to their practice and assess their potential civil liability for breaching the duty to warn.
  • Better anticipate and avoid common legal problems.


SESSION 1 – MAY 2, 2024

Time Topics Covered
1:00-4:30 pm (includes 15-min break)


  • Consent and capacity
  • Substitute consent
  • Negligence
SESSION 2 – MAY 30, 2024

Time Topics Covered
1:00-4:15 pm (includes 15-min break)


  • Documentation
  • Confidentiality
  • Mandatory reporting and the Duty to Warn

CE Information

This training offers 6 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.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

Get details about CE credits for Canadian and non-US international participants.

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Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

Who Should Attend?

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices