Legal and Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice (The Trust)

Cosponsored with the Metropolitan State University Department of Psychology

Full Day Program - Six Continuing Education Credits

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus Auditorium, 700 East Seventh St., St. Paul, MN 55106

Lunch is included with registration and will be served in Room 115 in the Science Education Center.

About the Program

The times they are a changing. The continued dominance of managed care companies over third party reimbursement and the new uncertainty created by the Affordable Care Act in both the private and public sectors have increased the complexity of the legal and regulatory environment faced by psychologists. In this unpredictable environment, the need to avoid adverse disciplinary events remains an important priority. An active risk management strategy is still an essential element of professional practice. After a brief introduction describing The Trust’s Risk Management Philosophy and Strategy, this workshop will focus on three specific topic areas: working with couples and families, working with potentially suicidal clients, and the ethical and legal challenges of developing a professionally and personally appropriate retirement strategy.

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.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss The Trust Risk Management Philosophy, including strategies for identifying high risk situations and managing professional practice risks.
  2. Identify strategies for managing potential conflicts in conjoint treatment with couples and families.
  3. Identify risk management strategies in working with children with particular emphasis on the risks associated with divorced or divorcing families.
  4. Identify essential risk management strategies for assessing and managing outpatient suicide risk.
  5. Identify “post-vention” strategies for managing risk after a patient suicide.
  6. Identify “self-care” strategies for psychologists who have suffered the loss of a patient to suicide.
  7. Describe the different professional retirement pathways.
  8. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of various strategies in planning for your own personal and professional retirement.
  9. Describe how to effectively and ethically close a professional practice.


8:30 a.m.              Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.              Program Begins

10:15 a.m.            Break

10:25 a.m.            Next Topics

12:00 p.m.            Lunch (box lunches will be served in the Science Education Center Room 115 across the skyway from 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

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.

Registration Details:

Pricing MPA Member Non-Member Student
Early Bird Registration - Register by August 24 $115 $130 $30
Regular Registration - Register after August 24 $125 $155 $30

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

Online registration is now closed.

Click here for a printable flyer and registration form.

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].


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.