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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips VI

Ofer Zur, PhD; Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD; Eric A. Harris, JD, EdD; Edward Zuckerman, PhD; Janet Thomas, PsyD

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 VI is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 15 archived articles from The National Psychologist and is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties. Topics include:

  • Running the gauntlet: The treating psychologist in court
  • But the Judge ordered me to do it
  • Peace of mind: Keeping medical records safe
  • Multiple relationships not always bad
  • Licensing boards often enforce codes of conduct
  • Now you see it … now you see something else
  • Ethical dimensions of clinical supervision
  • What supervisors need to know
  • One more time: therapist duty and patient responsibility
  • Ethics and the new media
  • Subsequent Therapist Syndrome: Are we each our own worst enemy?
  • Gifts in therapy: Some are appropriate
  • Training makes psychologists vulnerable defendants
  • Digital age creates new hazards
  • Ethical and risk-managed telepsychology practice: A beginner’s guide
  • Many credentials in mental health are questionable

TBD Course #20-79 | 2014 | 27 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the ethical issues and risks involved in court appearances
2. List strategies for keeping medical records safe
3. Name ethical considerations to be observed in clinical supervision
4. Describe the therapist’s essential duties when working with dangerous clients
5. List ethical issues surrounding multiple relationships and gifts in psychotherapy
6. Identify risks posed by telepsychology practice and the digital age
7. List unethical practices involving misrepresentation of professional credentials

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC ACEP #5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


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)
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.

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.

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.

Janet T. Thomas, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Saint Paul, Minn., where she specializes in ethics consultation and supervision. She is on the adjunct faculties of graduate programs at the University of Saint Thomas in Minneapolis and Argosy University/Twin Cities. Thomas is the author of The Ethics of Supervision and Consultation: Practical Guidance for Mental Health Professionals (2010), APA Books.

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