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Sequence VIII: Ethics and Risk Management in a Digital World 2.0
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This workshop is a next-generation discussion of digital world issues. After a brief introduction describing The Trust Risk Management Philosophy and Strategy, this workshop will provide a review and update on the ethical, legal, and risk management dimensions of technology.

When: Friday, June 8, 2018
8:30 AM
Where: Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel
1850 Post Rd
Warwick, Rhode Island  02886
United States
Contact: Jack Hutson

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Technology is advancing at a dizzying pace and is becoming increasingly central to the provision of psychological services. From portable devices to digital records to interjurisdictional practice to mental health apps, technology has brought remarkable benefits to our work; and at the same time created an increasingly complex set of ethical, legal, and regulatory challenges. In this rapidly evolving environment, the need to maintain an active risk management strategy is perhaps even more central than ever.

This workshop is a next-generation discussion of digital world issues. After a brief introduction describing The Trust Risk Management Philosophy and Strategy, this workshop will provide a review and update on the ethical, legal, and risk management dimensions of technology. We will focus broadly on these issues related to digital record keeping, telepsychology, digital communications, and social media. The workshop is applicable to all sites where health services are provided.  This workshop will also discuss relevant Rhode Island laws and regulations as they apply to the digital world.  A panel of Rhode Island clinicians will discuss implementation of psychology via digital formats.


Amanda Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney.  Dr. Zelechoski received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, her M.S. and Ph.D. from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (Brookline, MA) and is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has worked clinically with adults, children, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings.

Dr. Zelechoski is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Valparaiso University, where she also serves as coordinator of the Dual Degree Graduate Programs in Law and Psychology. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including ethics and professional development in psychology, and provides clinical supervision to graduate students. Her primary research interests include forensic and mental health assessment, at-risk, delinquent, and traumatized youth, child custody and child welfare, and the intersection of psychology, law, and public policy. She also conducts research related to best practices in teaching and training in the areas of psychology, law, and trauma. In addition to her teaching and research interests, Dr. Zelechoski conducts forensic and psychological evaluations and has provided training and consultation to numerous mental health, law enforcement, and correctional agencies.


Peter M. Oppenheimer, PhD, graduated from Brown University in 1979 with an A.B with Honors in Psychology and from the University of Virginia's School/Clinical Child Psychology Program with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1986. He interned at the Upstate Medical Center (now the SUNY Health Sciences Center) in Syracuse 1983-84. After his internship he worked in mental health centers and a group private practice before he opened his own practice in 1992. In 1994 he co-founded Feil and Oppenheimer Psychological Services in Barrington, RI. His clinical work focuses on children and families.

Dr. Oppenheimer has been active in the Rhode Island Psychological Association since 1992. He served two terms as President of the Association. He is now serving as the Director of Professional Affairs. He has also served as Treasurer, Council Representative and; Chair of the Legislative and Insurance and Manage Care, and Membership Committees. His primary focus is on RIPA's legislative and policy advocacy.

Dr. Oppenheimer is a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice at the American Psychological Association Practice Organization. At the American Psychological Association he currently serves as the Council Representative for Division 31, State Territorial and Provincial Affairs, and he chairs the Caucus of State Territorial and Provincial Representatives. Dr. Oppenheimer is a member of the Board of Directors of Division 42, Psychologists in Independent Practice, and he chairs the Division's Advocacy Committee.

Dr. Oppenheimer has served on the Rhode Island Board of Psychology since 2004 and as Chair since 2005. He is Chair of the Rhode Island Primary Care Physicians Corporation Behavioral Health Network. In 1994 Dr. Oppenheimer along with fellow RIPA members co-founded the Coalition of Mental Health Professions of Rhode Island, a coalition of all the mental health professional associations, to coordinate our advocacy efforts. He currently chairs that group.

In 2015 Dr. Oppenheimer was presented the Rhode Island Psychological Association's Musiker-Meranda Award. In 2017 he was named Division 31's Psychologist of the Year, and awarded the Heiser Award and accepted as a fellow by the American Psychological Association.

Anne-Marie Tripodi, LICSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Trauma Recovery Services clinic at the Providence, RI VA Medical Center and has a private practice. She received her Master's in Social Work from Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. Her primary clinical practice is treating veterans with PTSD in addition to other comorbid diagnoses using evidence-based psychotherapies. She is a VA Regional Cognitive Processing Therapy trainer and consultant. She treats patients in person as well as using Clinical Video Teleconferencing (Tele-Mental Health).

(6.5 CE Credits)


At the conclusion of the workshop, participants:

1. Summarize The Trust’s Risk Management Philosophy, including strategies for identifying high risk situations and managing professional practice risks.
2. Develop and review strategies for managing digital record keeping challenges.
3. Describe risks regarding emerging approaches to telepsychology practice.
4. Identify strategies for managing online and social media risks.


NOTE: Receive a 15% premium discount on your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance for your next 2 consecutive policy periods

• Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. • Workshop begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. • Workshop concludes at 4:30 p.m.

• For RIPA members the fee is $130. • For non-members the fee is $195. • For student members the fee is $65. • For student non-members the fee is $97.50.



• A handling fee of $30 is deducted for cancellation prior to Friday, June 1, 2018. No refund will be made thereafter.
• Fee includes refreshment breaks.
• Participants arriving late or departing early will not receive credit or documentation of attendance.
• No partial credit provided. • Please submit any special needs requirements to the RIPA CPE Committee, 401-732-2400.
• Written grievances about the workshop may be addressed to the RIPA CPE Committee. • For more information about the workshop, please call the RIPA CPE Committee at 401-732-2400.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: For Psychologists: The Continuing Professional Education Committee of the Rhode Island Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Professional Education Committee maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants earn 6.5 credits for this program. For Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors: Applications for continuing education credits have been mailed to specific regulatory boards for approval for this workshop. Participants earn 6.5 credits for this program. For Other Disciplines: Call the RIPA office at 401-732-2400.