Ethical Challenges in an Era of Uncertainty

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This workshop will review the essential ethical and legal background for the provision of psychotherapy by licensed social workers/psychologists in New York State.

Practitioners will be provided with templates for record-keeping, informed consent, HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices, authorizations for the release of patient information, forms for the denial of access to patient information and other clinical/legal documents.  Topics will include:

  • Beginning and planning psychotherapeutic treatment, supervision and consultation, and the basics of record-keeping. Contents of records.  Foundations of standards of care, including statutes, professional regulations, caselaw and NASW/APA Codes of Ethics.
  • Informed consent, adults, adolescents and children. HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices.
  • Issues with child abuse and neglect identification and reporting in NYS.
  • Assessing and managing at-risk patients; the duty to protect, the NY SAFE Act
  • Access to treatment records by patients, Article 18 of NYPHL, HIPAA.
  • Confidentiality and privilege and disclosing treatment information to 3rd parties. Subpoenas.
  • Terminating treatment and avoiding abandonment.
  • Malpractice and professional discipline, risk management, most common complaints.

Workshop Information


October 21, 2022


2:00 pm-5:00 p.m. EST


Online, live via Zoom


3 CEUs available for New York State Psychologists, Social Workers LMFT and LMHC


$75 – General Admission
$50 – Derner Alum, Non-Adelphi psychoanalytic Candidate/student
$25 – Derner student/Postgraduate candidate
Free – Derner Faculty
Please contact for your free registration code

Registration will close 48 hours prior to the start of the event.


Bruce V. Hillowe, JD, PhD

Bruce V. Hillowe, JD, PhD is a mental healthcare attorney with a law practice in Garden City, New York. A graduate of Binghamton University, Duke University School of Law, and Adelphi University Derner Institute (Clinical Psychology and Postdoctoral Programs), he formerly practiced as a psychologist-psychoanalyst, including as a coordinator of clinical training and director of a forensic mental health service. He was a teaching attending psychologist in law and ethics at a major teaching hospital for 15 years. He currently teaches courses in ethics and law as adjunct faculty at the Derner Institute. He is legal counsel to numerous mental health facilities, institutes, and practitioners and sponsors legal plans for professional associations. He has written articles and book chapters including for law reviews and healthcare publications, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in healthcare law and is a “SuperLawyer” featured in the New York Times Magazine.


Ronald Naso, Ph.D., ABPP

Ronald Naso, Ph.D., ABPP is a trained clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst currently licensed in Connecticut and New York, Dr. Naso has been practicing psychotherapy and performing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for more than thirty years.  He received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from New York University, and currently serves as National Examination Chair of the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis as well as its Past-President.  Dr. Naso achieved Diplomate status with specialty board certification in Psychoanalysis granted by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Division 39 (Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology in North America). 

Dr. Naso is Adjunct Professor–Postgraduate Programs in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University.  He also served on the workgroup that authored the child section of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2) and contributed to the educational and training standards for psychoanalysts developed by the Psychoanalytic Specialty Council.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Adelphi University, Derner School of Psychology, is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0024 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0607 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0185 and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0083.

Disclaimer Statement

This continuing education seminar, seminar instructor/s, and the Postgraduate Programs as the seminar’s sponsor, receive no commercial support for the content of instruction (e.g., research grants funding research findings etc.), or benefit for endorsement of products (e.g., books, training, drugs, etc.) that are known to present a conflict of interest.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds are issued for cancellations made up to 7 working days before the event. Cancellations of less than 7 days for any reason, or no-shows are not refunded. Credit towards a future event/workshop are issued for cancellations less than 7 days and up to 24 hours before the event. No credit is issued for cancellations less than 24 hours before the events or no-shows.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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Hy Weinberg Center, 220
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