May 10 2018
May 10 2018: 8:45am–12:00pm

The Intersection of Ethics and Clinical Care in a Polarizing Political Environment

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.


Jonathan Kole, MD, MBe, FAAP is in the fifth and final year of his triple board residency, completing training in pediatrics, adult psychiatry and child psychiatry.  He received his masters in bioethics, and undergraduate all at the University of Pennsylvania.  During his training at Brown, he has published in areas of clinical ethics, substance abuse, eating disorders and juvenile detention.  He has also won multiple teaching awards at Brown and has been invited to present his work at several national conferences.  His most recent projects of interest including developing a psychotherapy curriculum for primary care pediatric residents and founding a medical ethics course for preclinical Brown medical students.  As a member of the National Health Serivice Corps, he will begin July 2017 as the Providence Community Healthy Center’s first staff psychiatrist, helping to champion an integrative care model to provide behavioral health services for the city’s federally qualified health centers.

Wendy Plante, PhD is staff psychologist and director of outpatient services in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and clinical associate professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is associate clinical director of SibLink, a clinical research program dedicated to the adjustment of healthy siblings to medical, developmental, and psychiatric disorders in their brothers and sisters.  Her clinical interests include child and family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness and pain, and child and family management of stress and anxiety.  Dr. Plante participates in the teaching of residents and fellows in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, and pediatric gastroenterology. She has an interest in bioethics and psychology practice issues, serving on several hospital, state psychological association, and national psychological association committees devoted to ethics, disaster mental health, and colleague assistance.

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD is professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College.  His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, health care, and public policy.  Dr. Reamer chaired the national task force that wrote the NASW Code of Ethics and served on the code revision committee.  He lectures on professional ethics frequently nationally and internationally.  Dr. Reamer is the author of many books and articles on professional ethics.  His books include Social Work Values and Ethics; Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services; Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action; The Social Work Ethics Casebook; Ethical Standards in Social Work; and The Social Work Ethics Audit, among others.  Dr. Reamer has served as an expert witness and consultant in more than 100 malpractice and licensing board cases throughout the U.S.

Beverly Waldman Rich, MS, APRN, BC is an advanced practice nurse with more than 25 years of experience as an outpatient therapist and prescriber at Bradley Hospital. She is also an adjunct professor of nursing at Rhode Island College. She has an interest in family advocacy and psychoeducation, is part of the PediPRN team and co-directs the iFriend social skills programs, leading the parent group.


This conference seeks to provide attendees with a forum in which to reflect upon the impact of the current polarizing national climate which has the potential to influence our work as child and adolescent behavioral health providers. Ethical dilemma and challenge presents as a natural outgrowth of the current political discourse.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify at least two potential impacts of the polarizing national political and social climate upon child and adolescent behavioral health providers.
  2. Discuss potential impacts of the polarizing national political and social climate upon the provision of clinical care.
  3. Discuss at least three examples of situations in which the polarizing climate presents ethical challenges to behavioral health providers.


  • Target audience: Psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • 3.0 CE hours/credits (see below) 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered 

Registration Information

  • Program fee: $59  Lifespan employee discounted rate: $49
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, May 9
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-432-1087. 
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-432-1087.
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.  

Register Online

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of a maximum of 3.0 CE’s in Professional Ethics.