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Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums

Sequence IX: Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums

When: 7/24/2020
From 9:00am until 4:00pm
Where: Virtual Workshop
United States
Presenter: Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D., J.D.
Contact: Kelley Durrance

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Sequence IX: Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums



The Presenter—Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D., J.D.

Amanda D. Zelechoski 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.



For almost 25 years, The Trust has been providing continuing education workshops and individual consultations, with a focus on improving psychologists’ risk management skills and strategies. These workshops have evolved from basic concepts and strategies, to a more applied, integrated, and strategic approach to help you protect yourself from adverse disciplinary and legal actions.

For this newest workshop, The Trust Risk Management Program reviewed data from over 70,000 consultations provided to date in order to determine which issues and questions are most pressing for today’s psychologists. Topics will include boundaries and multiple relationships, challenging terminations, working with children in the midst of family conflict, coping with disciplinary complaints, and psychotherapy patient requests for legally-related documentation.


Learning Objectives

    • Describe basic principles of risk management, as applied to several specific clinical situations that frequently arise in professional practice.
    • Identify high risk boundary violations and multiple relationship situations.
    • Recall important considerations when making therapeutic termination decisions.
    • Evaluate potential risks when working with children in high conflict families.
    • Formulate a plan for responding to disciplinary or legal complaints.
    • Identify issues and strategies when psychotherapy patients make quasi-forensic requests.

Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums is sponsored by the Alabama Psychological Association (aPA).  

The aPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The aPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


Alabama Psychological Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provide, ACEP No. 6914.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Alabama Psychological Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.



Target Audience:
The Trust’s workshops and webinars are appropriate primarily for psychologists and psychology students, but are also are also useful for licensed counselors, social workers and other mental health providers.


Registration Fees:

Member Early Bird Fee (until 7/20/2020) - $90.00
*3 or more registrants $80.00 (contact aPA at for discount code)

Non-Member Early Bird Fee (until 7/20/2020) - $120.00
* 3 or more registrants $100.00 (contact aPA at for discount code)

Student Early Bird Fee (until 7/20/2020) - $30.00

After 7/20/2020 - Late fee $15.00

Members must sign in to get member rate


After 7/15/2020, no refunds will be offered for this workshop. 


Grievances about the workshop may be addressed to aPA in writing. 

aPA, P.O. Box 97. Montgomery, AL  36101


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the workshop and complete the Trust evaluation form will receive six continuing education credits.  Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits and will not be eligible for the 15% premium discount described below.

Eligibility for Insurance Premium discounts

Workshop completion earns 6 CE Credits and eligibility to receive a 15% premium discount on your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance for your next 2 consecutive policy periods.  To obtain CE Discounts, submit CE certification from an organization approved by APA to offer CE Credit (must have been completed within the previous 15 months) with the insurance application.  Discounts cannot be combined and are not applicable to Researcher/Academician or Student policies.  Group policies become eligible for the CE Discount when at least 50% of those insured under the group policy submit E certification.  All applications are individually underwritten and submission of CE certification will not guarantee insurance policy issuance or renewal.

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Alabama Psychological Association
P. O. Box 97
Montgomery, AL 36101
Phone: 334-262-8245
Fax: 334-460-8330