Perplexing Problems in Psychological Practice: Decision Science, Ethics & Risk Management – Sequence XFriday, April 17, 2020
For over two decades, The Trust has worked to educate and support psychologists in improving their risk management skills and strategies by providing live workshops, webinars, risk management consultation and expanding resources. The 10th workshop in our Sequence series will continue to emphasize more applied, integrated and strategic methods to help you protect yourself from adverse disciplinary and legal actions, and stay grounded in ethical principles and practices. The Trust Risk Management Consultants have culled subject matter from some 80,000 consultations provided to date to focus this workshop on problems practitioners often encounter. Topics will include how decision science can inform clinical and ethical decision-making; interjurisdictional practice challenges and navigating the PSYPACT era; complexities in structuring and conducting supervision; managing technology and privacy concerns in practice; and handling subpoenas and depositions. The workshop is designed for an intermediate level.
*This course will not fulfill requirements of all jurisdictions. It is important that potential participants review their respective state licensing board requirements prior to registering for this workshop.
- Describe basic principles of risk management, as applied to several specific clinical situations that frequently arise in professional practice.
- Identify core heuristics and biasing processes that can interfere with appropriate risk management and ethical decision-making.
- List three strategies to ameliorate decision-making challenges.
- Describe preliminary considerations prior to engaging in inter jurisdictional practice.
- Evaluate potential issues and preventive responses to supervisory risks.
- Identify three methods for reducing privacy risks when using technology in clinical practice and responding appropriately to breaches if they occur.
- Name three strategies for handling subpoenas and deposition demands.
Amanda D. Zelechoski 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 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.