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First Friday Forum: Accountability in the Practice of Mental Health
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
Friday, March 03, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: First Friday Forums

Accountability in the Practice of Mental Health

Friday, March 3, 2017
Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the
Metropolitan State University Psychology Department

About the Program

The goal of this program is to teach participants how to clearly and efficiently document the intake, treatment plans, progress notes and therapy outcomes in a manner that would satisfy the most discriminating auditor.  Topics include:  measuring and quantifying behavior, diagnostic interviewing, and writing treatment plans and progress notes.  The presentation is based on Dr. Wiger’s book, The Clinical Documentation Primer, which is used in many graduate schools.  This program is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health providers.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply specific interview techniques to maximize client information and provide adequate baseline data for outcome measurement.
  2. Write measurable and objective treatment plans which clearly meet client problem areas and incorporate client strengths.
  3. Discuss how to incorporate treatment plan objectives into each session and provide outcome measures.
  4. Write progress notes which preserve confidentiality, validate medical necessity and clearly follow the treatment plan.
  5. Explain how to integrate the above procedures into demonstrating the outcomes of therapy.

About the Presenter:

Donald E. Wiger, Ph.D., LP, is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in St. Paul.  He has conducted seminars and consultations in documentation since the 1990s.  He has written several books on topics such as clinical documentation, practice management, clinical interviewing, and record keeping.  Dr. Wiger earned his Ph.D. in 1989 from Fordham University in New York City from the Department of Psychology, specializing in psychometrics.  He has an MA (1986) in experimental psychology/psychometrics from Fordham University and an MS (Ed.) (1984) degree in counselor education from the State University of New York. 

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

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu

To Register:

Register Online

Click here for a pdf Registration Form 

Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.


Contact: Rhea Sullivan, (952) 564-3048


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.