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Law and Ethics

1.  Confidentiality is designed to reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health care.
A) True
B) False
2.  Informed consent and confidentiality are important anchors to the principle of autonomy.
A) True
B) False
3.  If a patient believes that the information they share will be disseminated they will be less likely to seek treatment.
A) True
B) False
4.  Tanya Tarasoff's parents filed wrongful death suits based on what?
A) the therapists' failure to detain Poddar
B) failure to warn the Tarasoffs that Poddar was a grave danger
C) both of the above
5.  Extending sessions can be a sign of what?
A) the therapist developing strong feelings for the client
B) a sound therapeutic practice
6.  A report of child abuse is required when a therapist learns of the abuse in a setting outside his or her professional capacity.
A) True
B) False
7.  The requirement to report child abuse and neglect became public policy in all States by?
A) 1955
B) 1965
C) 1975
D) 1985
8.  When is it contra-indicated to inform parents about a child abuse report against themselves?
A) when the parent seems psychotic
B) when the parent has poor impulse control
C) when the parent has an alcohol or drug problem
D) all of the above
9.  Health practitioners, including MFTs, Psychologists, Professional Counselors and Social Workers are legally mandated reporters of child abuse.
A) True
B) False
10.  Mandated reporters have immunity from criminal and civil liability for reporting as required.
A) True
B) False
11.  The Child Abuse Reporting Law takes precedence over laws governing the psychotherapist-patient privilege.
A) True
B) False
12.  Emancipated minors are treated legally as adults and thus may be treated without parental permission.
A) True
B) False
13.  Psychotherapists can be held liable, civilly and criminally, for engaging in sexual relations with their clients.
A) True
B) False
14.  Unprofessional Conduct includes holding oneself out as being able to perform services outside the scope of the license.
A) True
B) False
15.  Compensation, or remuneration for the referral of professional clients is considered unprofessional conduct.
A) True
B) False
16.  Therapists should never go into business with their clients.
A) True
B) False
17.  The failure to keep records consistent with sound clinical judgment is considered unprofessional conduct.
A) True
B) False
18.  It is acceptable for an intern to receive supervision from their own psychotherapist.
A) True
B) False
19.  Unprofessional Conduct includes failing to disclose to the client or prospective client the fee to be charged for the professional services.
A) True
B) False
20.  All health professionals who send information via electronic transmission are considered “Covered Entities” and all HIPAA rules apply to them.
A) True
B) False
21.  It is important to note that regardless of your behavior a patient may decide to sue you for malpractice.
A) True
B) False
22.  To be sued successfully for malpractice in a civil court, the patient must prove that you have breached the standard of care.
A) True
B) False
23.  You should refer the patient when you have no experience or training in treating the presenting problem.
A) True
B) False
24.  Informed consent is key to protecting the counselor from a malpractice lawsuit.
A) True
B) False