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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips 7

Eric A. Harris, JD, EdD; Edward Zuckerman, PhD; Bruce Borkosky, PsyD; et al.

CE Credit: 3 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 7 is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 22 archived articles from The National Psychologist and is intended for psychotherapists of all specialties. Topics include:
  • Why the Mismatch and What Do I Do?
  • What Malpractice Insurance Isn’t
  • An Ethical Prohibition That Isn’t – And Never Really Was
  • Documentation, Lawyers and Common Sense
  • Hot Topics in Psychological Practice
  • Self-Care Important for Psychologists and Graduate Students
  • I Confess ... 
  • Forensic Psychology IS a Specialty 
  • Ethics with Feeling
  • Vague Standards, Guidelines, Laws Create Telepsychology Risks 
  • Patient Access to Records: The Invisible Confidentiality Right
  • The Minefield of Divorce Counseling 
  • Ethics, Psychology and the Prison Mess
  • Risks Accompany Benefits of Telecommunications
  • Most Psychologists Misinformed on ‘Duty to Warn’
  • Legal Pitfalls in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Ethical Issues in Assessing & Treating Elite Athletes
  • Electronic Health Records Raise New Ethical Concerns
  • Legal, Clinical, and Ethical Implications of Legalized Marijuana
  • Test Security Must be Maintained
  • No Thinking Allowed: Ethics in Reverse
  • Employ Spiritual Practices Ethically

Course #30-81 | 2015 |  43 pages | 34 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the ethical issues and risks involved in divorce and child custody cases
2. List strategies for keeping test data, medical records, and other documentation safe
3. Name unique skills required for the specialty practice of forensic psychology
4. Describe ethical issues and risks involved in work with borderline personality disorder and dangerous clients
5. Identify ethical risks posed by telecommunications, telepsychology, and electronic health records
6. List legal, clinical, and ethical issues associated with the legalization of marijuana

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 Provider #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (#BAP346), 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. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

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.

Bruce Borkosky, PsyD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist in Sebring, FL. He is available for consultation in the areas of licensing complaints, ethics, informed consent, records, confidentiality, privilege, access and HIPAA. His website is: http://www.fl-forensic.com/ (Note: his article with citations is available at http://bit.ly/19lsHZC)


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

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