Ethics and Risk Management: Legal and Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Practice
Experts agree that regardless of what happens with healthcare reform legislation at the state and national level, the industrialization of the healthcare system is going to continue. New practice models will require psychologists to confront an increasingly complex legal environment. The development of an effective risk management strategy will be essential for career and economic survival.
These are a few of the developments that have increased the liability and disciplinary exposure that psychologists now face. At the same time, many sources report an increase in the number of complaints to licensing boards and professional ethics committees, where even a minor disciplinary sanction can seriously damage or even destroy a career. It is not uncommon for managed care to reject practitioners who have been sanctioned by any disciplinary body or have lost or agreed to non-nuisance settlements in a malpractice case.
Amanda Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP Joe Scroppo, Ph.D., J.D., and Daniel O. Taube, J.D., Ph.D. draw upon their extensive experience in law and clinical practice as well as consultations to psychologists in all aspects of professional practice to develop these nationally acclaimed risk management workshops, specifically designed for psychologists. In addition to reducing the risk of a successful malpractice action, these workshops will show practitioners how to cope with potential complaints to licensing boards and ethics committees, as well as how to respond to the increasing accountability requirements mandated by third party reimbursement sources.
The Trust and The Trust Practice and Risk Management Association (TrustPARMA) currently provide risk management workshops in eight sequences, each with core learning objectives as well as more specific issues and objectives related to the particular sequence. The workshops are often produced in conjunction with state psychological associations, state licensing boards, and other related organizations.
Workshops are designed to help you:
- Recognize the major elements of disciplinary complaints and malpractice suits;
- Identify situations that present the greatest risk to practitioners, both now and in the future;
- Implement a system of specific procedural strategies that will reduce the risk of malpractice actions and disciplinary complaints;
- Recognize essential information about laws governing therapeutic confidentiality and its exceptions;
- Implement an effective procedure of providing "informed consent" to clients, including a sample psychologist/patient contract; and,
- Determine how and when to consult with others to reduce the risk of malpractice.