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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips IV

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP; Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD; Eric A. Harris, JD, EdD; L. Tien, PsyD; Martin H. Williams, PhD; Philip Hickey, PhD; Thomas W. White, PhD

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips IV is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics.

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 12 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: the risks and benefits of alternative treatment; Medicare puts providers in peril; the treatment of children whose parents are in the process of divorcing; keeping client needs uppermost in termination; the pitfalls facing psychologists who become involved in their patients’ custody disputes; security is necessary for test validity; tips for working with the duty to protect; are anger, violence and radical ideologies mental illness or different beliefs?; the role of the psychologist; issues in determining top authorship in publications; managing multiple relationships; and LGBQT issues in psychotherapy. This course is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties.

Closeout Course #20-41 | 2010 | 25 pages | 16 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Identify the risks and benefits of alternative treatment
2.List strategies for working ethically with children whose parents are divorcing
3.Differentiate between the needs of the client and the needs of the therapist during termination
4.Describe appropriate security measures to be used in preserving test validity
5.Name seven tips for working with the duty to protect
6.Differentiate between ideologies that constitute different beliefs and those that constitute mental illnesses
7.Name strategies for identifying and managing multiple relationships

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. He also has an independent practice in Arnold, MD. His e-mail is jbarnett@loyola.edu.

Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist practicing in Rolling Hills Estates, CA. He is also a clinical professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. His e-mail is jeffyounggren@earthlink.net.

Eric A. Harris, JD, EdD, is a lawyer and psychologist. He is in part-time clinical practice. He is a consultant and has lectured on risk management and managed care issues. He may be reached by e-mail at: Jegseah@aol.com


Financial: No relevant financial relationship exists.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

L. Tien, PsyD, is a practicing psychologist in Issaquah, WA, and a professor at Antioch University Seattle. See www.antiochsea.edu/about/OurFaculty_list.html.

Martin H. Williams, PhD, is a forensic psychologist who testifies in licensing board matters involving psychologists and other mental health professionals. He is a founding partner of Williams Psychological Services with offices in San Jose and Los Angeles. Email: mw@drmwilliams.com

Philip Hickey, PhD, is a retired psychologist living in Gill, CO. He has worked in prisons, mental health centers, addiction units and private practice. Blog: http://behaviorismandmentalhealth.com Email: phil.hickey1@gmail.com

Thomas W. White, PhD, is a principal with Training and Consulting Services, Shawnee Mission, KS. He retired as regional administrator of psychology services from the Federal Bureau of Prisons and now provides a variety of professional training, consulting and litigation support services in the public and private sector. He is the author of How to Identify Suicidal People and may be contacted through his website at http://www.suicideconsultant.com/.

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