As a psychologist, having professional liability insurance, also known as malpractice insurance, is critical for your financial well-being, but the kind of coverage will depend on your needs.

January 27, 2021 - FAQ on Telehealth Enforcement Exceptions by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Dr. Jana Martin, CEO of The Trust, joins Dr. Graham Taylor to address ethics and considerations around the medium of video conferencing and how that can affect your patients and practice. They look further into the recent explosion in telehealth and how it can allow practitioners to extend their services and provide patients greater access to treatment.

We have received a large volume of calls from our insureds about how to manage the risks the corona virus pandemic poses to patients and to themselves. As risk managers, we are committed to supporting you in ethical, safe practice. We provide general risk guidance based on current knowledge and conditions. Of course, we are unable to provide medical advice. If you have specific questions about your individual situation, please feel free to schedule a call to speak with one of The Trust’s Advocate 800 Program's risk managers.

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Supervising trainees can be a meaningful and fulfilling part of clinical practice. However, we don’t always consider the fact that supervision requires different skills and experience than therapy or assessment. It is sometimes presumed that good clinicians are good supervisors, but this is not always the case. This article will explore some specific skills and considerations for becoming a good supervisor and can help you manage the risks that come along with taking on this important role.

Supervision is a vital part of training as a mental health provider, and some amount of supervised experience is required for almost any mental health credential. However, students and trainees don’t always have positive supervision experiences, and there is not a lot of information in our training programs about how to effectively use supervision to improve our performance as clinicians. This article will briefly discuss some basics of how to be a good supervisee and get the most out of this essential part of your education and training as well as how to help manage the risks of supervision.

This article provides an overview of several risk management practices for psychologists who work with divorced or divorcing families, particularly the children of divorcing families. It is based on the author’s 20-plus years’ experience of providing risk management consultations to those insured through the American Insurance Trust, formerly the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust.

This document provides one model for agreement between the therapist and the parents or guardians of a child undergoing treatment. Such an agreement can help establish ground rules that clarify the psychologist's role in therapy and define the limits of parental involvement.

The reader is strongly advised to have his/her personal attorney review the Sample Outpatient Services Agreement for Collaterals document prior to implementation. The document should be in compliance with state and local statutes regulating the practice of psychology and should be clear of language that could be interpreted as a guarantee or implied warranty regarding the services rendered.

This Draft Forensic Informed Consent contract has been prepared for two reasons. First, it allows the psychologist to comply with the requirement that informed consent must be a part of professional psychological practice (Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, 1992, Standard 4.02). Second, it allows the psychologist to establish a legally enforceable business relationship with his or her clients and minimize the risks that such business issues may become the bases for malpractice suits and ethics or licensing board complaints. Most risk management commentators advise that full informed consent is both ethically necessary and a good risk management strategy.

NOTE: This information is provided as a risk management resource and is not legal advice or an individualized personal consultation. At the time this resource was prepared, all information was as current and accurate as possible; however, regulations, laws, or prevailing professional practice standards may have changed since the posting or recording of this resource. Accordingly, it is your responsibility to confirm whether regulatory or legal issues that are relevant to you have since been updated and/or to consult with your professional advisors or legal counsel for timely guidance specific to your situation. As with all professional use of material, please explicitly cite The Trust Companies as the source if you reproduce or distribute any portion of these resources. Reproduction or distribution of this resource without the express written permission of The Trust Companies is strictly prohibited.