Speaker Bio & Presentations

pamela harmell

Special Speaker

Dr. Pamela Harmell

“Dr. Pamela Harmell is a national lecturer specializing in legal and ethical issues in clinical practice. She is a Clinical Professor at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and has written extensively in professional publications on ethical practice and has formally studied law. She is the Past President of the Board of Psychology. Dr. Harmell is former Chair of the California State Ethics Committee and former Chair of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Ethics Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of the California Psychological Association and is Past President of the Los Angeles County Psychological Association.”

Presentations & Workshops

Current perspectives on critical legal and ethical issues for psychotherapists: Best practices

This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensure patient welfare in all aspects of practice.  Participants will learn about ethical concerns such as (1)  Ethical decision making and introduction to law and ethics (2) relationship among suicide, social media, and substance abuse including suicide assessment  (2 hours), (3) cultural humility, intersectionality, and ethical guidelines. Literature updates,  along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. This program overviews the current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to list the four ways psychotherapists are held accountable for our actions as clinicians 
  • Participants will be able to explain why cultural humility is mandatory for ethical practice
  • Participants will be able to discuss and explain why NSSI is so important when working with teens.
  • Participants will be able to list two reasons why Kimberle Crenshaw’s intersectionality is important for understanding cultural issues.

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