A Three-Part Ethics Program: Working with Justice-Involved Youth; Ethics in Medical Settings; Understanding the Expanded Duty to Warn in PA

January 26, 2021

This program will offer three, one-hour consecutive ethic presentations on January 26, 2021.These presentations will meet the Ethics requirements for LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT and APA requirements. 

Registration closes at noon on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021

1:00 to 2:00 PM 

Ethics in Practice: An Introductory Guide to Decision Making in The Medical Setting

Darcy Moschenross, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

This course will provide an introduction to ethical principles in the medical setting, including the core principles of medical ethics and how these translate in in the hospital, we will also discuss how to assess capacity in clinical practice , how to document, who to get involved if/when needed.
 

2:10 to 3:10 PM

Ethical Issues and Practical Considerations when Working with Justice-involved Youth

Jessica Gahr, MA
Treatment Clinician
Services for Adolescent and Family Enrichment (SAFE) Program
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Allegheny County Juvenile Court

The Services for Adolescent and Family Enrichment (SAFE) and Services Aimed at Fire Education and Treatment for Youth (SAFETY) Programs strive to provide evidence-based treatment to juvenile justice-involved youth in an outpatient, community setting through intensive collaboration between mental health and juvenile justice professionals.  The current presentation will include an overview of the collaboration between the Allegheny County Juvenile Court and SAFE and SAFETY treatment providers. SAFE clinician Jessica Gahr will (1) present current organizational practices to ensure collaborative services, (2) discuss practical techniques to balance maintaining therapeutic rapport with limits to confidentiality, including what must be reported to the juvenile court and probation, and (3) review the advantages and disadvantages to clinicians’ active participation in multi-disciplinary teams.  Participants will understand how they can better serve their clients through the collaborative efforts of mental health providers and the juvenile justice system.

 

3:20 to 4:20 PM

Making Sense of Maas: Understanding the Expanded Duty to Warn in Pennsylvania

John "Jack" Rozel, MD, MSL
Medical Director, re:solve Crisis Services
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Professor of Law
Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

In July, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a ruling in the Maas v. UPMC case.  In this case, a patient murdered a woman who lived five doors down a hallway from him after making a series of vague threats – including, at one point, “a neighbor” – but never identifying a target in any way.  The Supreme Court ruled that the entire floor, if not the entire apartment building, should have been warned and identified that, in certain circumstances, entire groups may need to be warned if specifically targeted individuals cannot be personally identified.  Maas has expanded mental health professionals’ duties to third parties with little guidance on how such duties (and liabilities) may be limited.  This presentation will explore the newly enumerated duty in the context of Emerich, Tarasoff, and HIPAA. 

 

Target Audience

The conference is designed to disseminate information to a wide audience:  psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians, including nurses, social workers, psychologists, service coordinators, mental health policy administrators and others.

Learning Objectives

Overall Learning Objectives
At the completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the basic ethical principles guiding medical decision making
  2. Accurately document situations involving ethical and challenging medical and clinical decisions
  3. Identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of being an active participant on a multi-disciplinary team.
  4. Describe the essential criteria of duties to third parties in Pennsylvania as enumerated in under Emerich and Maas
  5. Identify three resources to help with clinical decision making when faced by cases with violence risk.

 

Ethics in Practice: An Introductory Guide to Decision Making in The Medical Setting
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the basic ethical principles guiding medical decision making
  2. Recognize methods for tackling challenging clinical decisions
  3. Accurately document situations involving ethical and challenging medical and clinical decisions.  

 

Ethical Issues and Practical Considerations when Working with Justice-involved Youth
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss special considerations to limits to confidentiality when working with juvenile justice-involved youth.
  2. Discuss practical techniques to discuss limits to confidentiality with juvenile justice-involved youth while maintaining therapeutic rapport.
  3. Identify the potential advantages and disadvantages of being an active participant on a multi-disciplinary team.

 

Making Sense of Maas: Understanding the Expanded Duty to Warn in Pennsylvania
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to: 

1. Contrast duties to protect and duties to warn
2. Describe the essential criteria of duties to third parties in Pennsylvania as enumerated in under Emerich and Maas
3. Distinguish liability related to disclosure of information and harm by a third party
4. Identify three resources to help with clinical decision making when faced by cases with violence risk

 

 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 APA
  • 3.00 ASWB
  • 3.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
12/21/2020
Course expires: 
12/31/2021
Event starts: 
01/26/2021 - 1:00pm
Event ends: 
01/26/2021 - 4:20pm
Cost:
$40.00

Schedule

12:30 to 1:00 p.m.                                   Sign into Teams

1:00 to 2:00 p.m.                                     Ethics in Practice: An Introductory Guide to Decision Making in the Medical Setting
                                                                  Darcy Moschenross, MD, PhD

2:00 to 2:10 p.m.                                     Break

2:10-3:10 p.m.                                         Ethical Issues and Practical Considerations when Working with Justice-Involved Youth
                                                                  Jessica Gahr, MA

3:10-3:20                                                 Break                                             

3:20 to 4:20 p.m.                                     Making Sense of Maas: Understanding the Expanded Duty to Warn in Pennsylvania
                                                                  John "Jack" Rozel, MD, MSL

4:20 p.m.                                                 Adjournment

 

For additional information about our speakers and presentation, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at barkowitzdh@upmc.edu. 

Virtual Training
Pittsburgh, PA
United States

 

Course Director

John "Jack" Rozel, MD, MSL

Medical Director, resolve Crisis Services

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC 
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Adjunct Professor of Law, and
Affiliate Faculty of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Faculty

Jessica Gahr, MA

Treatment Clinician
Services for Adolescent and Family Enrichment (SAFE) Program
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA

Darcy Moschenross, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA

 

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

 

Social Work (LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT)

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 3.0 continuing education credits.

 

Psychologists (APA) - 3.0 CE credits

 

Attendance Certificate 

 

General CEU and NCC credits can be obtained by contacting Nancy Mundy at mundnl@upmc.edu.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 APA
  • 3.00 ASWB
  • 3.00 Attendance

Price

Cost:
$40.00
Please login or register to take this course.

Non-UPMC registrants - $40.00

UPMC and related staff - $30.00 
Please use the discount code (ETHICSUPMC.2021) and use your UPMC or affiliated e-mail address (chp, ccbh, magee, University of Pittsburgh, or other UPMC-affiliated e-mail address).