Law and Ethics

The posted time is inclusive of the 15 minute registration period. If you arrive later than 30 minutes from the posted time, you will be turned away and unable to attend the training.

Course Description: This course will cover laws and regulations related to the practice of mental health in the State of California; current accepted standards of practice; and application of ethical principles. The training will involve didactic, group discussion, and experiential training methods. This course addresses the legal and ethical responsibilities delivering mental health services as a provider of CRF.


Instructor(s): Dr. Mark Marvin, PhD (Director, Psychiatric Emergency Response Team - PERT) The instructor's expertise in the training content comes from his responsibility as Director to be aware of State and Federal legal issues, as well as professional ethics, related to the provision of mental health services. Dr. Marvin has been an instructor of Law & Ethics to CRF for the past 20 years.

Trish Riley, Esq., Director of Legal Affairs As the Director of Legal Affairs, Trish advises staff on an array of legal issues including the following: all aspects of HIPAA and other state and federal privacy laws; executing the Tarasoff duty to protect; implementing all CRF policies and procedures; assisting in investigations of harassment, discrimination, and all types of substandard employee performance; responding to governmental complaints, litigation, administrative proceedings, and mediation; and contract preparation and implementation 

Jennifer J. Whelan, LMFT (CRF Risk Management & Quality Improvement Specialist) Jennifer was a Program Director at Douglas Young Wellness and Recovery Center for 6.5 years. She has been working in the CRF Quality Improvement Department for over 2 years and helps to facilitate the Critical Incident Review Committee and Root Cause Analysis Committee. As part of her job responsibilities, she provides consultation regarding psychiatric emergencies, CPS/APS reports, Tarasoff reports, and reviews all CRF Serious/Critical Incident Reports; and thus has to be well versed in legal and ethical issues, professional ethics, mandated reporting requirements and State and Federal regulations.

Jack Farmer, PhD, Senior VP of Administration, Privacy Office, Corporate Compliance Office is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the San Diego County public mental health system since 1987. He has served in the capacity of Program Director in several START programs and has coordinated an array of adult outpatient and supportive housing programs. Dr. Farmer is a Past-Chair of the San Diego Mental Health Coalition and regularly represents CRF at their monthly meetings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will discuss the decision making process of law and ethics
  • Describe Informed Consent
  • Explain standards of confidentiality related to adults and minors, including HIPAA
  • Explain the assessment of and response to issues of dangerousness and risk assessment and response
  • Explain the importance of professional boundary adherence

Audience: Basic Level Course; Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, Nurses and Clinical Staff

Community Research Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Research Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

 The information contained in this course/presentation was obtained from existing academic & research literature. There is no commercial support for any of the content. Any limitations and/or risks associated with the content will be addressed by the instructor during the course. 

Individuals in need of special accomodations should contact the CRF Training Coordinator at

Training Date:
January 23, 2019

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Student: $25
Regular: $75

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