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The New Rules of Therapy: Ethics in the Modern World

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Allan Tepper, JD, PsyD
4 Hours 12 Minutes
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Mar 10, 2022
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No therapist wants to end up needing legal defence, but earning your ethics CEs doesn’t have to be a bore! In this recording, you’ll dig into the hand-wringing dilemmas surrounding today’s important ethical quandaries with an attorney who’s also a psychologist. Rather than merely focusing on defensive issues, you’ll learn the latest ways of keeping your license free and clear of complaints. You’ll also learn from real-life cases that highlight how to think about the legal and ethical considerations that inevitably pop up when doing the job you love. Understanding these rules is vital to striking a balance between legal requirements and effective clinical practice. You’ll discover how to:

  • Develop strategies to maintain proper clinical boundaries in emotionally laden cases, such as when working with children of divorce and treating high-conflict clients
  • Maintain good record-keeping practices that will benefit your practice and keep you out of court
  • Balance the use of emails, cell phones, and texting during the course of treatment
  • Recognize the appropriate use and inherent limitations of teletherapy



This online program is worth 4.25 hours CPD.



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Allan M. Tepper, JD, PsyD, is engaged in the private practice of both law and psychology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a psychologist, he specializes in forensic matters and has testified on numerous occasions in cases involving civil, criminal, domestic relations, and death penalty issues.


As an attorney, he has extensive trial experience, including the representation of mental health professionals in ethics and licensing board proceedings. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Widener University in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and at the Philadelphia Chapter of Great Lakes Colleges Association, and an adjunct assistant professor at Immaculate College, Graduate School.


Dr. Tepper frequently conducts ethics training for mental health professionals throughout the United States and is well-known for his engaging style and knowledge of each State’s laws and regulations. He publishes frequently in the areas of law and psychology. He is co-author of Pennsylvania Law and Psychology – Third Edition, and Pennsylvania Law, Ethics, and Psychology – Fourth Edition.


He received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School and received M.S. and Psy.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Allan Tepper maintains private law and psychology practices. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He is a published author and receives royalties. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Allan Tepper has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Analyze the sources of the legal and ethical rules that apply to mental health practice.
  2. Appraise the most common areas of legal exposure associated with mental health practice.
  3. Formulate the manner by which nonsexual boundary violations can affect good clinical practice and result in disciplinary proceedings.
  4. Demonstrate how good record keeping practices can enhance continuity of care issues and provide a sound defense to allegations of wrongdoing.
  5. Demonstrate how to navigate the clinical, ethical, and legal issues associated with the provision of electronic mental health practice.


  • Understanding the legal system associated with mental health practice
  • Clinical and ethical nonsexual boundary issues
  • How to decipher who is the patient
  • Clinical interventions with emotionally needy individuals
  • Adjunct use of email correspondence; personal cell phone numbers; text messaging
  • Professional contacts with attorneys affiliated with and clients
  • Current best record keeping practices and what constitutes the record
  • Permissible and mandated release of records
  • Electronic therapy post coronavirus and rules governing electronic therapy
  • Licensure issues and conducting electronic therapy across state lines

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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