With the first consultation on July 1, 1994, the Advocate 800 Program was launched to provide Trust policyholders with a resource to help avoid or reduce the risk of malpractice actions and disciplinary complaints. We're proud to share that on September 22, 2021, the Advocate 800 Program has reached 100,000 calls, proving to be a valuable resource to our insureds.
Being a clinician with a practice brings a lot of responsibility, and there are just some questions you can't (and shouldn't!) rely on Google to answer. The Advocate 800 Program is a one-of-a-kind and confidential service that allows you as a Trust policyholder to consult with a knowledgeable Risk Management Consultant. Trust Risk Management Consultants are licensed psychologists with extensive legal, ethical, and risk management expertise.
The current team includes Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D.; Jeffrey N. Younggren, Ph.D., J.D., ABPP; Joe Scroppo, J.D., Ph.D.; Daniel Taube, J.D., Ph.D.; Leisl Bryant, Ph.D., ABPP; Julie Jacobs, Psy.D., J.D.; Marc A. Martinez, Ph.D., ABPP and David L. Shapiro, Ph.D., ABPP. Their professional experience as practitioners in addition to their expertise is what makes this service priceless and once again reinforces our tagline, For Psychologists, By Psychologists.
As a clinician, chances are you may one day confront a problem that has legal or ethical ramifications for your day-to-day practice. That's where the Advocate 800 Program comes in. A benefit of owning a Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance policy is the ability to schedule unlimited 20-minute consultations and ask questions that may be generic or specific.
Psychologists who believe they are at risk of a lawsuit or have been notified of circumstances that might result in a licensing board complaint, should contact The Trust's Advocate 800 Program for consultation on procedures to reduce the possibility or mitigate potential damages.
Trust policyholders can rest assured knowing that this service is available when they need it. But don't wait until a problem grows and develops – waiting too long can make it challenging to limit the potential damage. Call the Advocate 800 Program at (800) 477-1200 at the first sign of a potential problem.
For more details about the Advocate 800 Program, including what types of issues are covered and how to prepare for a call, visit https://www.trustinsurance.com/Risk-Management/Advocate-800-Service.
The Trust looks forward to supporting and protecting psychologists for the next 100,000 consultations!