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Legal Issues in Ethics and Boundaries: Informed Consent, Right to Refuse and Involuntary Treatment

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This virtual learning class is being offered remotely at the listed date and time. Details, including instructions for accessing an online learning platform via the internet or dial-in option, will be provided to registrants. Participants earn 2 hours of ethics/boundaries continuing education. Take additional units to meet your requirements for 4 or 6 ethics/boundaries CE hours.

All mental health professional organizations have standards defining ethical practice. These include guidelines about boundaries, principled decision-making and professional behavior. At times, government also weighs in, setting certain legal requirements that mental health professionals must adhere to. Sometimes these standards are consistent with professional standards (confidentiality). Sometimes they add new expectations (Tarasoff duties). And sometimes they conflict (conscience clauses). This workshop looks at the relationship between legislative and professional ethical and practice standards. We will investigate the following legal principles in this context: informed consent, right to refuse treatment and involuntary treatment.


Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • List the basic components of informed consent, and the rights to refuse treatment.
  • Identify forms of physician-assisted suicide.
  • Explore how the Wisconsin commitment standard has evolved along with national norms.

Course Outline

Course outline

  • Informed consent
  • Right to refuse life-saving treatment, psychiatric medication
  • Physicians Assisted Suicide
  • Involuntary treatment

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 2
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .2
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Meghan Wilhelmi at meghan.wilhelmi@wisc.edu or 608-263-2829

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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