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Rockville, MD (May 21, 2019) – The Trust Companies announce the addition of Lynn Jenkins, J.D., CPCU, RPLU, CCEP, ARM-E, as The Trust’s Chief Operating Officer and Associate General Counsel, and Kristen Lambert, J.D., MSW, LICSW, CPHRM, FASHRM, as Trust Risk Management Services’ (TRMS) newly created Healthcare Practice and Risk Management Innovation Officer.


You may know that for coverage to be triggered for claims-made policies, the alleged malpractice or incident must happen while the policy is in force, and the claim must also be reported or made while the policy is in force.


In the last 10 years, coaching has become quite popular with individuals who wish to improve their work performance and/or live more meaningful lives. Many psychologists and other mental health professionals have expressed interest in adding this expertise to their professional practice offerings. This has led to a large volume of calls to The Trust’s Advocate 800 Program’s risk management consultation service about whether and/or how to practice within existing regulations and minimize risks. Coaching is asserted by some to be an integral part of psychological practice; others insist that it is a separate field entirely and should not be regulated by psychology licensing boards. There is a paucity of legal and regulatory history on coaching.


Triad Behavioral Health and The Trust have formed a strategic partnership to provide essential career development and financial security programs to mental and behavioral health professionals. This partnership will enable both companies to distribute exclusive educational resources and a full line of insurance services that will help meet the needs of both current and future providers...


Your most important asset isn't the house or investments...it's your earning power. If you have a spouse and dependents you need to take steps to ensure their financial well being by replacing your earning power in the event of your premature death.


Animals can be a great addition to a mental health practice, but there are many things to consider before adding your beloved pet to your practice. First, understand that animal-assisted therapy is not appropriate for all clients. Contraindications include: allergies, fear or dislike of animals, and cultural considerations related to dogs or other animals. Be sure your decision to include your pet in therapy is focused on the needs and interests of your client. One aspect of assuring that your clients’ needs are addressed is to include the issue in your informed consent form. Give clients the option to say no, and use the form to open an initial conversation about their preferences and potential positive and negative responses...


Social media has come to play a central role in marketing worldwide, and professional services are no exception. It has significant benefits: it allows a flexible platform for different kinds of communications (i.e., text, sound, video, images), a way to link visitors to relevant information and resources, a wider reach for advertising, and can be accessible from many different devices. That said, whether practitioners develop a social media presence is largely a business decision...


What is the difference between Continuing Education (CE) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)? How do you create a CPD plan?


By Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D. 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...


Professional Liability Insurance Professional Liability insurance (also called Malpractice or Errors and Omissions insurance) is coverage that protects a qualified professional against claims alleging negligent acts, errors, or omissions in the performance of providing professional services...


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 as the source if you reproduce or distribute any portion of these resources.