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The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals: An A-Z Guide to Protecting Your Clients, Your Practice and Yourself
     

The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals: An A-Z Guide to Protecting Your Clients, Your Practice and Yourself

by Barton E. Bernstein JD, LMSW, Thomas L. Hartsell Jr., JD, Thomas L. Hartsell
 

Everything you need to know to bullet-proof your practice against legal complications.

The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals is an indispensable survival guide for mental health professionals practicing in these most litigious of times. Written by two attorneys specializing in the legal aspects of the mental health professions, it arms you with the

Overview

Everything you need to know to bullet-proof your practice against legal complications.

The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals is an indispensable survival guide for mental health professionals practicing in these most litigious of times. Written by two attorneys specializing in the legal aspects of the mental health professions, it arms you with the expert knowledge you need to protect yourself and your practice, while serving your clients. Keeping the legal jargon to a bare minimum, Barton Bernstein and Thomas Hartsell, Jr. explain how to handle tricky practice issues such as malpractice allegations, coping with threats of violence, and preserving client confidentiality in a managed care era.

Organized alphabetically for ready reference, this complete A-to-Z guide:

  • Provides clear and concise answers to legal questions
  • Covers key categories, including record-keeping, confidentiality, forensics, malpractice, managed care appeals, client/therapist relationships, and more
  • Features step-by-step guidance, helpful case studies, and "legal lightbulbs" that alert you to crucial do's and don'ts, concepts, and warning signs
  • Supplies you with sample forms and contracts to safeguard your practice against legal complications.

You owe it to yourself and your clients to be up to speed on the important legal issues surrounding your profession. With The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals at your side you always will be.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Aimee St. Pierre, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This reference on legal aspects of clinical practice for mental health professionals includes sample forms and letters for use with clients.
Purpose: It is intended to provide easily accessible legal information for mental health professionals. This is a worthy goal, and this book should be useful for busy clinicians who may refer to it regarding a variety of issues that regularly arise in mental health practices.
Audience: The authors have targeted all mental health professionals. However, psychiatrists will find this book somewhat lacking since it does not address issues related to medical diagnosis and treatment. The credibility of the authors is high; both are attorneys, and one is also a clinical social worker.
Features: This book addresses the fundamentals of clinical practice (e.g., confidentiality, fee arrangements, termination of treatment) and also includes legal aspects of business practice such as incorporation and managed care. Brief clinical vignettes are used to introduce important legal issues, and significant points are bulleted for quick reference. Sample forms are a particularly useful feature. The failure to include the aspects of practice unique to psychiatrists, especially related to somatic treatments, is a particular shortcoming of this book. Also, the lengthy sample incorporation documents are of little utility to the reader.
Assessment: This book is a unique and valuable addition to the paucity of literature addressing the legal aspects of conducting a mental health practice. The quality of the legal information is excellent without being overly detailed or obscure. While the book has obvious usefulness for students and beginning practitioners, its format and organization make it a resource also for busy clinicians who have specific questions or are in need of an update on legal aspects of practice management.
3 Stars from Doody
Aimee St. Pierre
This reference on legal aspects of clinical practice for mental health professionals includes sample forms and letters for use with clients. It is intended to provide easily accessible legal information for mental health professionals. This is a worthy goal, and this book should be useful for busy clinicians who may refer to it regarding a variety of issues that regularly arise in mental health practices. The authors have targeted all mental health professionals. However, psychiatrists will find this book somewhat lacking since it does not address issues related to medical diagnosis and treatment. The credibility of the authors is high; both are attorneys, and one is also a clinical social worker. This book addresses the fundamentals of clinical practice (e.g., confidentiality, fee arrangements, termination of treatment) and also includes legal aspects of business practice such as incorporation and managed care. Brief clinical vignettes are used to introduce important legal issues, and significant points are bulleted for quick reference. Sample forms are a particularly useful feature. The failure to include the aspects of practice unique to psychiatrists, especially related to somatic treatments, is a particular shortcoming of this book. Also, the lengthy sample incorporation documents are of little utility to the reader. This book is a unique and valuable addition to the paucity of literature addressing the legal aspects of conducting a mental health practice. The quality of the legal information is excellent without being overly detailed or obscure. While the book has obvious usefulness for students and beginning practitioners, its format and organization make it a resourcealso for busy clinicians who have specific questions or are in need of an update on legal aspects of practice management.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471248699
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.73(d)

Meet the Author

BARTON E. BERNSTEIN, J.D., LMSW, is an attorney in private practice in Dallas, Texas. He is an adjunct professor at The University of Texas, Arlington, a Licensed Master Social Worker, and the author of numerous articles and book chapters on legal issues affecting mental health practitioners. He conducts workshops and seminars throughout the United States.

THOMAS l. HARTSELL, JR., J.D., maintains a private law practice in Dallas, Texas. He is a board certified specialist in family law. He is a frequent workshop presenter on topics related to ethics, managed care, confidentiality, informed consent, abuse allegations, and other legal aspects of mental health practice, and is an adjunct professor at Northlake College and Texas Woman's University.

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