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Sequence V: Hot Topics in Ethics and Risk Management in Psychological Practice



Sequence V: Hot Topics in Ethics and Risk Management in Psychological Practice

  • 6 Ethics Continuing Education Credits*
  • 15% off Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Policy premium
    (for 2 consecutive renewals at policy renewal).

Hot Topics in Ethics and Risk Management in Psychological Practice

Since 1994, The Trust has produced continuing education workshops with the goal of increasing the risk management skills and strategies employed by professional psychologists, helping them protect themselves from adverse disciplinary actions. Over time, as thousands of psychologists have attended these presentations, the workshops have moved from basic concepts and strategies towards a more applied, integrated, and strategic approach.

In addition to the workshops, The Trust Risk Management Program has provided more than 50,000 consultations to The Trust’s insureds over its 20-year history. This workshop, “Hot Topics in Ethics and Risk Management in Psychological Practice,” focuses on specific areas of professional conduct that have consistently surfaced during these consultations. Topic areas covered include multiple roles and relationships, record keeping, patient suicide, limit setting and impasse resolution with clients, new challenges when working in settings where psychologists occupy multiple roles, conduct and conflict when
operating in a legal arena, dealing with contentious child custody disputes, and how to reduce risk in the digital age.


  • Summarize the basic principles of The Trust’s risk management strategy.
  • Apply the risk management strategy to identifying and managing complex, high-risk dilemmas that arise in professional practice, including:
    • risk management and self care after the loss of a patient to suicide,
    • managing clinical and legal issues in high conflict child custody.
  • Develop a documentation strategy that meets the needs of patients, providers and third party payors and provide a framework for releasing information in response to requests for information.
  • Discuss how to deal with challenges presented by the digital, online world including online reviews, patient requests for distance therapy, and electronic information compromise.
  • Discuss a risk management framework for managing difficult, uncooperative, high risk patients in a developing impasse.

Continuing Education Credits:

The Trust is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Trust maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

* Please check your state’s continuing education requirements to determine this webinar’s eligibility for ethics continuing education credit.


Because this webinar is on-demand, once you are registered and have created a login account, you can view the webinar at any time in whatever time increments are most convenient (e.g., all 6 hours at once; 3, 2, or 1-hour increments) as often as is needed to complete the sequence. However, APA rules require that in order to download your CE certificate, receive 6 CE credits, and become eligible for the Trust professional liability policy premium discount, you must:

  • view the entire webinar sequence,
  • pass a webinar exam, and,
  • complete a brief evaluation form.

You are required to achieve a passing score of 75 percent or higher. You are allowed three attempts to successfully complete the exam. If you are unsuccessful on the third attempt, you must re-purchase the course to try again.

Eligibility for Insurance Premium Discounts:

Completing one of The Trust’s Ethics and Risk Management Webinar sequences earns 6 CE credits and eligibility to receive a 15% premium discount on Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance for the next 2 consecutive policy periods. To obtain CE discounts, download and submit CE certification for this webinar (completed within the previous 15 months) with your insurance application/renewal. The 15% discount is not applicable to Researcher/Academician or Student policies. Group policies become eligible for the CE discount when at least 50% of those insured under the group policy submit CE certification. All applications are individually underwritten and submission of CE certification will not guarantee insurance policy issuance or renewal.

Continuing Education Grievance Policy

The Trust is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. The Trust will comply with all legal and ethical guidelines for non-discrimination in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of CE participants. The Trust CE Director is responsible for complying with these standards.

While the Trust strives to assure fair treatment for all participants and to anticipate problems before they occur, occasionally grievances may be filed. In cases where a participant files a written or oral grievance, the following actions are taken:

  • If the grievance concerns the content of the workshop, webinar, book or the continuing education test, a Trust representative will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the CE Director or a Trust representative will either provide a credit for a subsequent CE offering or provide a partial or full refund of the CE fee already paid.
  • Actions involving a credit or a refund will require a written note documenting the grievance for record-keeping purposes. The aggrieved individual need not sign the note. If the grievance specifically concerns The Trust, the CE Director or Trust representative will attempt to arbitrate.

Direct correspondence to:

Continuing Education
The Trust
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (800) 477-1200


Continuing Education

6.0 CE
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