President's Conference - Ethics & Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums (The Trust)

Cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Department of Psychology

Full Day Program - 6.0 Continuing Education Credits - You must attend the entire six hour program. No partial credit will be granted.

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus Auditorium, 700 East Seventh St., St. Paul, MN 55106

Lunch is included with registration.

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About the Program

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. These workshops have evolved from basic concepts and strategies, to a more applied, integrated, and strategic approach to help you protect yourself from adverse disciplinary and legal actions.

For this newest workshop, 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.

The workshop is applicable to psychologists and other related behavioral health practitioners working in all types of settings where health services are provided.

15% off your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Policy premium (for 2 consecutive years at policy renewal) if insured by the Trust.

This session is at the intermediate level and is designed for psychologists and other mental health professionals.

You must attend the entire six hour program. No partial credit will be granted.

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.


8:30 a.m.              Registration and Continental Breakfast*

9:00 a.m.              Welcome & Introduction
                               Program by Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D., J.D.

10:15 a.m.            Break*

10:25 a.m.            Next Topics

12:00 p.m.            Lunch* (box lunches will be served in the New Main building adjacent to the auditorium)

1:00 p.m.              Program

2:25 p.m.               Break*

2:35 p.m.               Program

4:00 p.m.               Adjourn/pick up CE certificates*

You must attend the full six hour program to receive credit. No partial credit will be given.
*CE credits not awarded for these activities.

About the Presenter:

Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D., J.D., 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.

The presenter has reported the following conflict of interest:
Dr. Zelechoski is a consultant for The Trust.


Registration Details:

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by September 27 $140 $155 $30
Regular Registration - Register after September 27 $150 $180 $30

Registration includes 6 continuing education credits, a continental breakfast, a boxed lunch, and a CE certificate.

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

Click here for a PDF registration form and flyer.

REFUND POLICY: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, 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.

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].