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The Trust's Sequence IX: Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums
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For almost 25 years, The Trust has been providing continuing education workshops and individual consultations, with a focus on improving psychologists’ risk management skills and strategies. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has been converted to an online virtual program via Zoom.

When: May 8, 2020
8:30 am
Where: Virtual Program via Zoom
See Program Description for Further Details
United States
Contact: Jack Hutson

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IMPORTANT NOTE: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has been converted from an in person presentation to a virtual online presentation via Zoom.  Specific details regarding the program's Zoom URL and password will be supplied to registered attendees only on May 7, 2020.  If you have not yet had the opportunity to participate in a Zoom conference it is important to note that participation is not complicated.  The participant simply clicks on the URL provided via email from the comfort of your home or office, which will launch the Zoom program.  Live questions can be sent to the presenter via the program's chat feature.  Further details will be emailed to registered participants.


For almost 25 years, The Trust has been providing continuing education workshops and individual consultations, with a focus on improving psychologists’ risk management skills and strategies.  

For this program, The Trust Risk Management Program reviewed data from over 70,000 consultations provided to date in order to determine which issues and questions are most pressing for today’s psychologists.  Topics will include boundaries and multiple relationships, challenging terminations, working with children in the midst of family conflict, coping with disciplinary complaints, and psychotherapy patient requests for legally-related documentation.  This program is appropriate primarily for psychologists and psychology students, but may also be useful for other related behavioral health practitioners.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Describe basic principles of risk management, as applied to several specific clinical situations that frequently arise in professional practice.
2. Identify high risk boundary violations and multiple relationship situations.
3. Recall important considerations when making therapeutic termination decisions.
4. Evaluate potential risks when working with children in high conflict families.
5. Formulate a plan for responding to disciplinary or legal complaints.
6. Identify issues and strategies when psychotherapy patients make quasi-forensic requests.

Amanda D. 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.  

15% off your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Policy premium (for 2 consecutive years at policy renewal).
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. via the Zoom waiting room • Workshop begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. • Workshop concludes at 4:00 p.m.
For RIPA members the fee is $119. • For non-members the fee is $179. • For student members the fee is $59.50. • For student non-members the fee is $89.50.
• A handling fee of $30 is deducted for cancellation prior to Friday, May 1, 2020. No refund will be made thereafter.
• Participants arriving late or departing early will not receive credit or documentation of attendance, and will not be eligible for the 15% premium discount.
• 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.
Participants earn 6 credits for this program.
Program Location:  Live presentation via Zoom.  Zoom sign in credentials will be sent on May 7, 2020

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 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 credits for this program. For Other Disciplines: Call the RIPA office at 401-732-2400.