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Seminar Detail

Legal & Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in North Carolina
Legal & Ethical Issues in Behavioral Health in North Carolina

Where:   RALEIGH, NC

When:  Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This event is not currently available for purchase.

For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

Without the proper legal awareness needed to stay in compliance, you may face grave legal and financial consequences. This seminar will show you how to continue to help the people you’ve been trained to help while still protecting yourself from many legal pitfalls.

If you attend only one seminar this year, make it this one. Join attorney Elizabeth Guzman for an entertaining and enlightening day and leave with a greater understanding of the latest North Carolina law as it relates to mental health. You will take home practical strategies to minimize and manage legal and ethical risks and you will learn how to immediately implement these risk reducing strategies into your practice.

  1. Discuss access to patient records relating to confidentiality and HIPAA.
  2. Identify the rights of minors in mental health treatment and legal determinations.
  3. Describe the role of the mental health professional in the commitment process.
  4. Develop policies on ethical issues such as restraints, seclusions and informed consent.
  5. Explain when one has a legal duty to warn and whom one should warn.
  6. Describe the process for responding to subpoenas and court orders for mental health records and how to respond in the courtroom.


Elizabeth Guzman, J.D., assistant attorney general for Broughton Hospital, conducts weekly commitment hearings and other legal issues for the staff. She also provides legal support and counsel to other Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) facilities in Western North Carolina. Ms. Guzman provides training on commitment issues for Crisis Intervention Teams in regional law enforcement agencies, and has presented legal seminars.

She received her J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law, and she began her legal career as an assistant state attorney in Florida. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office she entered private practice as a litigator in collections law and personal injury. Ms. Guzman became a member of the North Carolina Bar over 20 years ago and continued practice in civil litigation and real estate.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Elizabeth Guzman is an assistant attorney general for Broughton Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Elizabeth Guzman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

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