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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips V

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP; Ofer Zur, PhD; Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD; Edward Zuckerman, PhD; Eric C. Marine; Linda Campbell, PhD; Ann Steiner, PhD, MFT, CGP; Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP

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 V is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: (1) Is it kosher for a psychotherapist to serve as an expert witness? (2) Weighing patient’s rights against psychologist’s rights (3) Techno breaches could cost practitioners big bucks (4) Custody cases require special training (5) Too many rules – Risk Management (6) Pay me now, pay me later (7) Business of Practice and Ethics (8) Not all nations share APA’s ethics standards (9) Student/professor dating always questionable (10) Therapists need a strong back-up plan (11) Ethics primer addresses core issues (12) Wintering south can create ethics problems (13) Confidentiality in the 21st Century – Risk Management (14) The fiduciary heart of ethics. This course is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties.

TBD Course #20-69 | 2012 | 27 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Identify the ethical issues involved in serving as an expert witness
2.List strategies for keeping patients’ rights ahead of psychologists’ rights
3.Name skill sets that are required for competency in custody evaluations
4.List measures that should be taken to assure sound ethics and risk management in billing issues
5.Identify the ethical issues that make student/professor dating a questionable practice
6.List ethical issues involved when a therapist “winters south”
7.Explain how legal and ethical requirements are empowering and clinically useful to clients

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.

Ofer Zur, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, writer, forensic consultant and lecturer from Sonoma, CA. He conducts workshops and seminars through the Zur Institute: www.drzur.com

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.

Edward Zuckerman, PhD, has worked in community mental health, taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon and was in independent practice for almost 20 years. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Zuckerman is the author of the best-selling The Paper Office, which contains all the forms and guidance one needs to operate a private practice legally, ethically, and profitably (see www.theclinicianstoolbox.com). Dr. Zuckerman also edits the series of books called The Clinician's Toolbox for Guilford Press.

Financial: Dr. Zuckerman is an author for Professional Development Resources and receives royalties on sales of his courses.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

Eric C. Marine is vice president of claims and risk management for the American Professional Agency Inc. He has more than 35 years involved in the insurance claims business and more than 20 years in all facets of professional liability claims. He writes and speaks nationally on the subject.

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

Linda Campbell, PhD, is a professor at the University of Georgia and director of the Doctoral Training Clinic that serves northeast Georgia. She is past chair of the ethics committees of both the APA and the Georgia Psychological Association. She is an APA Council Representative for Division 29 and vice president of the Georgia Board of Examiners of Psychologists. 

Ann Steiner, PhD, MFT, CGP, has a private practice in Lafayette, Calif. She provides continuing education, consults to therapists and has published articles about the Therapist’s Professional Will and Steiner Continuity Guides for more than 10 years. She presents programs for national and international societies, including the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the California Psychological Association. 

Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP, is professional affairs director for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. 

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