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Annual Waugh Counseling Seminar to Examine Ethical Issues and the Law

April 3, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Annual Waugh Counseling Seminar to Examine Ethical Issues and the Law

CANYON, Texas—Attorney and author Nancy Wheeler will be the keynote speaker at West Texas A&M University’s 28th annual Waugh Counseling Seminar from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 12 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall on campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

This year’s seminar, “Ethical Issues and the Law: Guidelines and Boundaries within the Mental Health Field,” will offer a day full of information ranging from confidentiality, privilege and privacy issues to the use of a legal/ethical decision-making model. Wheeler will use theory, de-identified real life examples and small-group discussions to address problems and other issues faced by counselors, social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals. Wheeler also will examine the 2013 changes in the law related to HIPPA and HITECH.

Wheeler coordinates the risk-management helpline for the American Counseling Association and a consultation service for members of the American Psychiatric Association. She presents seminars nationwide on health-care malpractice, risk management, privacy, social media and managed care. She represents physicians, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health and health-care professionals on state and federal legal and regulatory matters. Wheeler also has extensive experience in managed-care contracting, licensure and health-care privacy issues, including HIPAA. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Graduate Pastoral Counseling Program of Loyola University Maryland and a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars.

She is a graduate of George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1980) and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of The Catholic University of America, where she graduated summa cum laude (B.A., Psychology, 1976). She is co-author of The Counselor and the Law, published by the American Counseling Association.

The Waugh Counseling Seminar is named for Dr. Ken Waugh who gave many years of service to the counseling program at WTAMU. The seminar offers six hours of continuing education units that will meet requirements for the majority of licensure, certification and continuing education boards and agencies.

Cost of the seminar is $95. Preregistration is available through Monday, April 8, and a $10 fee will be added to the cost for those registering after April 12. Discounts are available for WTAMU students. For more information about the Waugh Counseling Seminar, contact Dr. Yvette Castillo, chair of the WTAMU Counselor Education Program at ycastillo@wtamu.edu or call the Office of Continuing Education at 806-651-2037.



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