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Friday Forum Encore: Accountability in the Practice of Mental Health
Metropolitan State University, Midway Campus (Lower Level, Room P)
1450 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108
Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: Friday Forum Encores

Accountability in the Practice of Mental Health

Friday, May 11, 2018

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 training will also help participants save much time that is often taken after the session or at the end of the day. Most therapists do not write progress notes during the session. Their reason is often that it takes away from focusing on the client. This training will emphasize ways to write this material during sessions in a manner so that it does not take away from the session rapport and disclosure, but actually enhances these effects.

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. Write progress notes which preserve confidentiality, validate medical necessity and clearly follow the treatment plan.
  4. 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 private practices in St. Paul and Anoka, Minnesota, in which he specializes in psychological evaluations in areas of neuropsychometric evaluations, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental delays, vocational, mental health, and disability. Dr. Wiger earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from New York’s Fordham University, specializing in psychometrics. He also has an M.S. (Ed) degree in counselor education from the State University of New York. Dr. Wiger received his B.A. in psychology from Roberts Wesleyan College. He taught doctoral level students for 18 years, and has been a practicum supervisor for about 15 years. He has conducted over 50 nationwide seminars in documenting psychological services since the 1990s. Dr. Wiger has written several books on topics such as clinical documentation, practice management, clinical interviewing, psychological practice forms, and record-keeping.

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 [email protected]

To Register:

Online registration is now closed. Walk-ups are welcome!

Click here for a PDF Registration Form and Flyer

Walk-up registrations are welcome the day of, but pre-registration is preferred.

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by April 27 $45 $65 $15
Regular Registration - Register after April 27 $55 $75 $25


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.

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.