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Forensic Conference: Legal Challenges in Clinical Practice
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When: 4/26/2015
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: St. John's University, Queens Campus
Presenter: See Brochure
Contact: Rafael Art. Javier, PhD, ABPP

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In the course of our clinical practice, patients and/or professional entities may ask us to perform functions that require some forensic understanding.

We may be confused about how best to respond and, in trying to help our patients, may unwittingly compromise the integrity of our clinical practice and put our licensing status at risk. This concern led the Conference Planning Committee to organize this conference in order to address the numerous challenges likely to emerge in clinical practices and to provide some professional recommendations for how best to proceed. A number of outstanding experts in clinical and forensic practices will guide our discussion, which will cover the following issues: the scope of competencies in working with children and families regarding custody evaluation and termination of parental rights; employment discrimination and fitness for duty; how to respond to subpoenas, requests for records, and requests for mental health status; duty to warn/protect; requirement for retention and disposal of records; etc. The latter part of the conference will be dedicated to a moot court experience addressing some threats to our licensing that have emerged through licensing complaints. Conference attendees are expected to gain a good understanding of the different threats to one’s licensing and acquire strategies to respond to these challenges in professional and clinically appropriate ways.