Susan Lewis – Utah Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians

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Susan Lewis - Utah Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians

Susan Lewis
6 Hours 3 Minutes
Audio and Video
Feb 16, 2018



Join Susan Lewis, psychologist and attorney, for this must-attend seminar that will prepare you for litigation issues which can put your client, your license and your practice at risk. You will learn how to structure your practice to limit exposure of risk, as well as discover simple records, notes and actions that will protect you in the event of a complaint. Susan will provide you with the following take-home tools to minimize risk:

  • Updates on HIPAA and Utah laws and regulations
  • Risk management strategies
  • How to avoid litigation dilemmas, complaints and malpractice actions
  • Best practices in the professional relationship, informed consent and office policies

You will learn through problem-solving discussions that are representative of actual ethical decisions you encounter in your clinical practice. The blending of Susan’s experience as a lawyer, work within the court system and extensive clinical experience makes her a hands-on, knowledgeable instructor!




  • Clinician-Client Relationship
    • Law vs. ethics
    • Elements of legal informed consent
    • Nuts and bolts of office policies
    • Limitations on confidentiality
      • Utah case law & danger to others
      • Utah duty to warn potential victims
      • HIPAA
      • The latest updates you need to know
  • Practical Approach to Risk Management
    • Elements of consent
    • Competence & scope of practice
    • Boundary violations/crossings
    • Issues with modern technology
      • Texting, cell phones, e-mail, video psychotherapy
    • Perils of supervision
  • Litigation
    • Licensing complaints & malpractice lawsuits
      • Utah-specific statutes
      • Utah rules and regulations
      • Case law and how to find it
  • Navigate the Legal System
    • Roles of attorneys
    • Confidentiality/privilege
    • Subpoena & disclosure of confidential information
    • Depositions, interrogatories, expert testimony
  • Treatment of Minors
    • Utah age of majority
    • Consent to treatment
    • Privilege/confidentiality
    • Separation & divorce
  • Case Studies


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Susan J. Lewis, Ph.D., J.D., is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and lawyer. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice with unique populations that have included female sexual offenders incarcerated at a woman’s prison, self-injurious individuals, forensic patients and individuals who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Lewis has served in leadership roles as clinical director, program manager, and supervisor for psychiatry residents and post-doctoral psychologists.


Currently, Dr. Lewis teaches courses on Law and Ethics in Mental Health that are state specific to the laws of each state. She has also lectured nationwide on the DSM-5® and differential diagnosis. She taught courses at Harvard’s Extension School and Northeastern University on The Psychology of Criminal Behavior. She is the author of Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians: Best Practices for Avoiding Litigation, Complaints and Malpractice (PPM, 2016) and her latest book From Deep Within: A Forensic and Clinical Psychologist’s Journey (2018).


A sought-after consultant, Dr. Lewis works with attorneys on controversial issues such as dangerousness, competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility evaluations, and civil and criminal commitment. She works with attorneys on strategies of how mental illness might impinge on legal decision-making. Dr. Lewis has been adjudicated an expert in almost all of the district and superior courts in Massachusetts.


Her extensive clinical experience makes her a hands-on, knowledgeable instructor. She is engaging and has a wonderful sense of humor, which she brings to her seminars.


Speaker Disclosures:


Financial: Susan Lewis is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Lewis is a member of the American Psychological Association.

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