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Ethical Implications of Loyalty Conflicts & Conflicts of Interest
March 11, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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This workshop explores some of the loyalty conflicts and conflicts of interest inherent in clinical work and considers ways of reducing their impact. We will explore ethical, legal, clinical and personal implications of denying their existence or failing to explain them to patients, as well as resources for helping us respond to them.

Acknowledging Potential Conflicts Across Relationships

A. Patients/Clients
B. Colleagues
C. Agency/Organization/Employer/GroupPractice
D. Contracted Third Party Payer(s)
E. Referral Sources (Professionals; Agencies; Courts)
F. Profession
G. Society
H. Family/Friends
I. Self

Predicting Potential Loyalty Conflicts & Conflicts of Interest

A. Issues Arising When Defining “Client(s)”
B. Loyalty to One Client vs. Loyalty to Other Client(s)
C. Loyalty to Client vs. Loyalty to Agency/Organization/GroupPractice
D. Loyalty to Client vs. Maintaining Standards of Professional Practice
E. Loyalty to Client Obedience to Law
F. Loyalty to a Colleague vs. Professional or Legal Standards of Practice
G. Conflicts of Interest Created By Managed Care Contracts & Other Contracts
H. Conflicts of Interest Created by Personal Finances & Business Decisions
I. Obligations/Duties/Loyalties to Family/Friends
J. Obligations to Self ?

III. Putting it On the Table

A. Personal Assessment

Clarifying Our Own Particular Loyalty Conflicts & Conflicts of Interest
Acknowledging Difficulties in Recognizing/Admitting Conflicts of Interest
Understanding Ethical/Personal/Practical Implications of Denying Them

B. Honest Discussions With Patients/Clients

Ethical Decisions About How Much to Disclose to Patients
Clinical Decisions About How Much to Disclose to Patients
Personal Decisions About How Much to Disclose to Colleagues, Others

C. Personal Risks, Boundary Issues & Confidentiality Limitations

Decisions Re: Disclosing To Colleagues; Family; Others
Decisions Re: Obtaining Formal Consultation

D. Other Difficult Ethical/Personal/Professional Considerations & Decisions


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This workshop offers three (3) Continuing Education (CE) credits in Ethics/Laws.
CE Certificates will be awarded at the completion of workshop attendance.
You may contact your state licensing board to confirm approval for license renewal.

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