Legal and Ethical Issues with Technology in Mental Health
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Legal and Ethical Issues with Technology in Mental Health

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Susan Lewis |  Lois Fenner |  Allan M. Tepper |  Andrea L. Daly |  Biron Bedard |  Shane Bengoechea |  R. Alan Powell
150 Hours
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Sep 01, 2017
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*Course Component CE

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Susan Lewis Related seminars and products: 2

Ph.D., J.D.

Susan J. Lewis, Ph.D., J.D., is a multi-credentialed mental health professional, with the unique combination as a licensed psychologist, forensic psychologist and attorney. She has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice with unique populations that have included female sexual offenders incarcerated at a woman’s prison, self-injurious individuals, forensic patients and individuals who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Lewis has served in leadership roles as clinical director, program manager, supervisor for psychiatry residents and post-doctoral psychology interns. 

Currently, Dr. Lewis teaches courses on Law and Ethics in Mental Health that are state specific to the laws of each state. She has also lectured nationwide on the DSM-5® and differential diagnosis. She taught courses at Harvard’s Extension School and Northeastern University on The Psychology of Criminal Behavior. She is the author of Legal and Ethical Issues for Mental Health Clinicians: Best Practices for Avoiding Litigation, Complaints and Malpractice (PESI, 2016) and her latest book From Deep Within: A Forensic and Clinical Psychologist's Journey (MacMillan, 2018)

A sought after consultant, Dr. Lewis works with attorneys on controversial issues such as dangerousness, competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility evaluations, and civil and criminal commitment. She works with attorneys on strategies of how mental illness might impinge on legal decision-making. Dr. Lewis has been adjudicated an expert in almost all of the district and superior courts in Massachusetts. 

Her extensive clinical experience makes her a hands-on, knowledgeable instructor. She is engaging and has a wonderful sense of humor, which she brings to her seminars. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Lewis is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Susan Lewis is a member of the American Psychological Association. She does not receive compensation.

Lois Fenner Related seminars and products: 1

RN, MS, Attorn.

LOIS FENNER, R.N., M.S., Attorney at Law, is an honors graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing Graduate School and the University of Maryland School of Law. She is an attorney and Registered Nurse, Certified Clinical Specialist. Ms. Fenner is a member of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, The American Nurse Attorneys Association, Women’s Bar Association, past president of the Monumental City Bar Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Societies and the National Exchange Club.

She has been recognized by the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys with the 1997 Distinguished Women in Law Award, the Baltimore Marketing Association Harold Young Leadership Award in 2000, and the Baltimore County Diversity Award in 2001. Additionally, she is a three-time recipient of the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland Award, and has been recognized as a Baltimore Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Law in 2003.

She was selected as one of the Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2010. Her practice focuses on medical litigation and health care to include medical malpractice, personal injury, accreditation, workers compensation, wrongful death and licensure issues.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lois A. Fenner is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Lois A. Fenner has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose. 

Allan M. Tepper's Profile

Allan M. Tepper Related seminars and products: 2

J.D., Psy.D., Attorney at Law/ Licensed Psychologist

Private Practice

Allan M. Tepper, J.D., Psy.D., 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 conducts ethical training for mental health professionals throughout the United States and is well-known for his engaging style. 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. Visit his website at

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Allan Tepper is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Allan Tepper has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

Andrea L. Daly Related seminars and products: 1


ANDREA L. DALY is a shareholder and director in the litigation department with the law firm of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, Professional Association, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of mental health law and probate litigation. She has extensive experience defending licensed mental health professionals before the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice. Ms. Daly has also represented patients who have brought claims of extreme professional boundary violations against organizations and individual practitioners. Additionally, she has substantial experience providing risk management advice to mental health professionals. Ms. Daly recently completed a six year term as a member of the board of directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Hampshire. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, and received her J.D. degree from Vermont Law School. Ms. Daly is admitted to practice in the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. She is a member of the New Hampshire and American Bar Associations. For more information, see

Biron Bedard Related seminars and products: 1


BIRON BEDARD is a director and shareholder with the law firm Ransmeier & Spellman, P.C., in Concord, New Hampshire. He represents a number of mental healthcare providers and skilled nursing facilities in his practice. The focus areas of his practice include litigation, business and commercial transactions, as well as mental health law. Mr. Bedard is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Maine, as well as the United States District Court, District of New Hampshire, and District of Vermont, and the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Hampshire. He was first admitted to the Bar over 20 years ago following receipt of his J.D. degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and a B.A. degree, with honors, from St. Anselm College.

Shane Bengoechea's Profile

Shane Bengoechea Related seminars and products: 1

Bengoechea Law Office, PLLC

Shane O. Bengoechea is the owner of the law firm of Bengoechea Law Office, PLLC, in Boise, where he has a general practice and specializes in the area of health care, insurance, personal injury, business, contracts and corporate law. Prior to being in private practice, Mr. Bengoechea was of counsel for Saetrum Law Offices, the Chief staff attorney for Blue Cross of Idaho, city attorney for the City of Twin Falls, ID and taught business law as an adjunct professor for 10 years. Mr. Bengoechea received his law degree from Gonzaga School of Law and is a member of the Idaho Bar and the United State District Court of Idaho. He is a frequent speaker on various legal topics including governmental law.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Shane Bengoechea is the owner of Bengoechea Law Office, PLLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Shane Bengoechea is a member of the Idaho Bar; and the United State District Court of Idaho.

R. Alan Powell Related seminars and products: 1

J.D., Attorney at Law

SCDMH Assistant General Counsel

R. Alan Powell, JD received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and his undergraduate degree also from the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Powell is General Counsel for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH).  Mr. Powell supervises the Office of General Counsel, including its several attorneys, law clerks, SCDMH Risk Manager, and related administrative personnel.  Mr. Powell otherwise advises and represents SCDMH, its officials and employees, facilities, and programs statewide.

Mr. Powell has presented numerous seminars for SCDMH staff and other public agencies, as well as the S.C. Association of Counties, S.C. Hospital Association, S.C. Bar Association, S.C. Probate Judges Association, S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, S.C. Sheriffs Association, and local hospitals.  Mr. Powell has provided training through SCETV broadcasts and the SCDMH/USC “Emergency Department Crisis Stabilization Training” DVD Series. 

Mr. Powell also serves as Assistant Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  In this capacity, Mr. Powell provides instruction to residents, students and fellows on medical-legal topics in forensic, emergency, child and adolescent, and general psychiatry and behavioral health. 



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