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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips I

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP; Edward Zuckerman, PhD; Martin H. Williams, PhD; Thomas W. White, PhD; Michael Kandle, PsyD; Robert Gordon, PhD, ABPP; O. Brandt Caudill Jr.,J.D.; Lynn Collins, 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 I is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics.

This course for psychotherapists of all specialties addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 11 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Included are monographs on special handling for high-risk clients, risks of online therapy, identification of high-risk clients, protecting privacy, a HIPAA update, ethics in teaching, therapist/patient sex, the psychological autopsy as a risk management tool, insurance and the ethics of termination, and privacy concerns in group therapy.

Closeout Course #20-28 | 2008 | 22 pages | 18 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Identify the two types of clients most commonly identified in licensing board complaints and malpractice suits
2.List four risks involved in the practice of online therapy
3.Name two aspects of HIPAA's privacy rule that have benefits for psychotherapists
4.Identify a significant causal factor in the rise of lawsuits over non-sexual boundary violations
5.Describe the circumstances under which a psychologist's obligation for a client's well being ends
6.List three strategies for preserving privacy in group therapy

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.

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.

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

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/.

Michael R. Kandle, PsyD is a licensed psychologist practicing in Durham, NH. He is a founding member of the New Hampshire Mental Health Coalition. His work with the coalition led to a banding together of professional and consumer groups advocationg better mental health care and earned him a gubernatorial citation. 

Robert M. Gordon Ph.D. ABPP is a Diplomate of Clinical Psychology and a Diplomate of Psychoanalysis in Psychology, as well as Fellow of the Division of Psychoanalysis, and served on the governing council of the American Psychological Association. He was president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association and received its Distinguished Service Award. He authored many scholarly articles and books in the areas of psychotherapy, relationships, forensic psychology, personality assessment, diagnoses, the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, ethics and the MMPI-2. He has a consulting practice in Allentown, PA.

O. Brandt Caudill Jr., J.D., is a prominent attorney in southern California who represents psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health workers in malpractice suits, licensing board actions and other legal matters. He is co-author of Law and Mental Health Professionals, California (1999) published by the American Psychological Association. 

Lynn H. Collins, Ph.D., is associate professor of psychology at La Salle University and a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. She currently serves on the Pennsylvania

Psychological Association’s Electronic Media Communication Committee and is the moderator of several local, national and international listservs.

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