Professional Ethics & Boundaries Course


Presenters: Philip C. Hemphill, PhD, LCSW

Location: Lakeview Health, True North Conference Center
1900 Corporate Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Date: January 17, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Continuing Education: 3 unit/credit*

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Event Summary

The single most common cause for disciplinary action among practicing professionals and academics is inappropriate behavior.  Expectations and information can change quickly and being consistent in the ethical decision- making process is imperative in today’s behavior health fields.  Learn more about handling the stress, emotional balance and remaining competent while reacting and responding to situations –  while also reinforcing standards, respecting boundaries and the law.

Additional Information

The lack of professional behavior is the single most common cause for disciplinary action among practicing professionals and academics.  Therefore, attention and vigilance of our dynamic ethics is required given how information and expectations can change suddenly.  Today’s SUD epidemic and behavior health needs has increased the burden on those providing care as daily reminders can import a sense of stress on the professional’s system.  At the same time society must feel and see one’s professional code of ethics demonstrated which is based on a commitment to competence, integrity, morality, altruism, and trustworthiness.  Professionals are expected to be governed by a promotion of the public good within their domain. Professionals must rely on internal guides of character while external guides such as laws, policies, and ethical codes of conduct are fashioned into a practice.

At times circumstances outside of one’s control, can result in overwhelming stress yet the ability to self-manage, lead, and remain competent are demands which are expected to be met despite the strain.  Malpractice investigations and lawsuits are almost predictable in the current litigious climate, and these circumstances are quite stressful and even traumatic for the professional involved and his/her family.  The maintenance of high levels of positive affect and well-being in the face of significant adversity are expected in professional practice. It is the ability to maintain emotional balance and flexibility, while reacting and responding to situations with mental and emotional acumen.

This workshop will explore professionalism in both individuals and groups while reinforcing standards and ethics.  Through didactic and interacting in small group discussions on self-care, boundaries and professionalism you will learn effective tools and processes for managing relationships and distressing life events.  It will focus on the influence and integration of temperament, character, and distinctive qualities which cross sect professional development and the life cycle.  These factors are blended to create one’s professional self.  The expectations of respecting professional boundaries and the law within everyday practice will be presented with case examples for discussion.

About the presenter

Philip C. Hemphill, PhD, LCSW

headshot of Philip C. Hemphill, PhD, LCSWDr. Hemphill is a licensed clinical social worker who has practiced as a clinician, manager, consultant, and executive leader for the past 26 years. He’s considered a thought leader in the behavioral health/addiction industry and has developed premier national programs for the evaluation, treatment, and monitoring of individuals with these needs. As a leader, he has always been committed to assuring clinical efficacy while working collaboratively with organizational and funding leaders. He has been the lead person for innovation and implementation for provisions of patient care services, policies and procedures, recruitment of talent, and fidelity measures. He’s pioneered some of the assessment and treatment of licensed professionals with co-occurring disorders and co-authored a book with Marty Martin, PhD in 2013 entitled, Taming Disruptive Behavior published by American College of Physician Executives (ACPE.) He’s currently authoring a second book on Integrated Health in Addiction Treatment.

He has presented papers and workshops at national conferences and recently published articles in the field of trauma, personality disorders, professional sexual misconduct, and addictions during the past 26 years.

Currently, he is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University School of Social Work where he has taught for the past 20 years and Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry for the past 18 years. He has had faculty appointments at Jacksonville University and Loyola University as well. He received his master and doctoral degrees from Tulane University.

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