Friday, May 13, 2011

Dr. Federico C. Grosso is Presenting 3 Lectures for Mental Health Clinicians on the Standard of Care for Managing Crisis Issues. These Course are Based on an Actual Legal Cases Faced by Mental Health Clinicians in the Recent Past

Dr. Federico C. Grosso is Presenting 3 Lectures for Mental Health Clinicians on the Standard of Care for Managing Crisis Issues. These Course are Based on an Actual Legal Cases Faced by Mental Health Clinicians in the Recent Past.

Dr. Grosso will lecture on the standard of care in managing mental health crisis issues in Woodland Hills, CA; Paso Robles, CA, and San Francisco Airport, CA. This lecture is of interest to all mental health clinicians who may face a potential client suicide, child abuse reporting, elder abuse reporting, bulimic or anorexic client, or other similar crisis issue when providing psychotherapy.

Santa Barbara, CA (PRWEB) December 5, 2004

Federico C. Grosso, DDS, PhD, MFT, BCFE announces a pivotal presentation for mental health clinicians titled: The Standard of Care in Managing Mental Health Crisis Issues. This course addresses the application of legal and ethical mandates expected of reasonable and prudent mental health clinicians when facing unpredictable and potentially damaging crisis issues, such as the threat of suicide, child abuse accusations, elder abuse issues, anorexia/bulimia, and many others.

Dr. Grosso bases this presentation on a variety of mental health legal cases in which he served as a successful expert witness. He points out that these legal cases reinforce the premise that crisis issues are unpredictable in nature; require an appropriate structure to manage them when they occur; the mental health clinician must have the appropriate training, knowledge, and education to manage these issues; be able to recognize presenting clinical risk factors, apply the appropriate legal and ethical standards, take reasonable steps to protect the life of the client, assess, diagnose, and treat throughout the duration of therapy according to the Standard of Care; and document his or her assessments, diagnoses, and treatment appropriately in the mental health records.

Crisis issues tend to develop unstoppable momentum once they begin and by then, itÂ’s too late to try to go back and change clinical errors or omission and commission. These errors range from not knowing how to assess for risk factors to breaching confidentiality without having an understanding of the legal therapeutic duty regarding mandated or permitted reporting to protect a client from harming him/herself or others. This course presents a detailed structure that would support a reasonable and prudent clinicianÂ’s legal and ethical therapeutic duty to assess, diagnose, and treat according to the standard of care throughout the duration of treatment.

The structure proposed in this course introduces the clinical dangers faced by mental health clinicians when they face crisis issues including, child abuse, elder/dependent abuse, Tarasoff situations, anorexia, bulimia, suicide, spousal abuse, etc. Any of these situations can cause severe physical or emotional harm to the client, his or her family, others outside of the treatment unit, and even the clinician and those associated with him or her. The structure next addresses the necessary and appropriate assessment protocols that would support a clinician’s legal duty to assess appropriately. In conjunction, these serve to provide the clinician to obtain an appropriate 5-Axis diagnosis, which is the standard of care of the profession and supported by many prominent expert witnesses in this arena. The appropriate use of treatment plans, used as a treatment and assessment tool, and other documentation protocols are used extensively throughout the course to support the clinician’s decisions. The course also relies on a variety of clinical vignettes exemplifying the standard of care, errors of omission and commission, and these help clinicians navigate the vagaries of crisis issues. Dr. Grosso’s forensic and clinical experience makes this an extremely useful and valuable course for new and seasoned clinicians. As he frequently reminds clinicians: “Once the crisis has taken place, it’s too late to change clinical decisions.” He also warns clinicians about altering written records: “The technology is such that alterations are easily discernable by forensic experts. Should the clinician be found to have altered a mental health record, he or she can be found guilty of unprofessional conduct and most likely will place his or her license in jeopardy.”

This course will be presented at the following locations: a) The Woodland Hills Hilton Hotel, Friday, March 11th, 2005; b) The Paso Robles Inn, Saturday, March 19th,, 2005, in Paso Robles, CA; and c) the annual conference of the California Chapter of National Association of Social Workers at he San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 22-23, 2005. Clinicians can register for these courses by accessing http://www. FGrosso. com (http://www. FGrosso. com), and clicking on LECTURES. He also provides these courses in online and self-study format. These are available at the same website and clicking on Interactive Online CEU Courses. The self-study course can be found by clicking on Self-Study CEU Courses. Dr. Grosso continues to receive recognition as the leader in these types of courses. Those courses enhancing the safety of clinicians when facing unpredictable and unmanageable clinical issues, such as crisis issues.

Background on FGrosso. com. FGrosso. com provides mental health clinicians with practical and easy-to-use clinical resources including practice enhancement workbooks, online and self-study continuing education, software, consultation as an expert witness, lectures, and academic publications. Dr. Grosso also provides expert witness services in malpractice actions involving marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, certified addictions treatment specialists, and dentists accused of child abuse when providing treatment in the dental office. He also lectures for and consults with mental health organizations. He is an official lecturer on law and ethics and other subjects for the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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