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Event Name:Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues presented by Retirement
Michigan Psychological Association

Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient,
and Legal and Ethical Issues presented by Retirement

Dr. Amanda D. Zelechoski

 Friday, February 8, 2019
Schoolcraft College - VistaTech Center,  Livonia MI

6 Ethics Continuing Education Credits
Friday, February 8, 2018
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.      Registration

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.      Introductions and opening remarks – Christopher Sterling, Psy.D., MPA Programs Chair

8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   The Trust Risk Management Review
                                        Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Risk Management with Couples, Children, and Families
                                        Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.     Working with Potentially Suicidal Patients
                                        Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.     Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.    Risk Mangement Considerations for Retirement
                                      Amanda D. Zelechoski, Ph.D.

3:45 p.m.                       Questions and Answers

4:00 p.m.                       Closing Remarks - Christopher Sterling, Psy.D.  

Workshop Description
The times they are a changing. The continued dominance of managed care companies over third party reimbursement and the new uncertainty created by the Affordable Care Act in both the private and public sectors have increased the complexity of the legal and regulatory environment faced by psychologists. In this unpredictable environment, the need to avoid adverse disciplinary events remains an important priority and an active risk management strategy is still an essential element of professional practice.

Presenter's Bio

Amanda D. Zelechoski, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP Consultant

Amanda D. ZelechoskiAmanda 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.  

 Learning objectives include:
  • Discuss The Trust risk management philosophy, including strategies for identifying high risk situations and managing professional practice risks.
  • Identify strategies for managing potential conflicts in conjoint treatment with couples and families.
  • Identify risk management strategies in working with children with an emphasis on the risks associated with divorced or divorcing families.
  • Identify essential risk management strategies for assessing and managing outpatient suicide risk.
  • Identify “post-vention” strategies for managing risk after a patient suicide.
  • Identify “self care” strategies for psychologists who have suffered the loss of a patient to suicide.
  • Describe the different professional retirement pathways.
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of various strategies in planning for your own personal and professional retirement.
  • Describe how to effectively and ethically close a professional practice.

    Continuing Education Credit
    Participants in this program are eligible for 6 hours of continuing education credit. The program must be completed in its entirety to qualify for the credit (i.e., partial hours cannot be accommodated.) MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The MPA maintains the responsibility for the program and its content. In accordance with APA rules, those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving more than 15 minutes early will not qualify for continuing education credits.

    Attend a workshop, earn 6 CE credits, and take 15% off your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Policy premium (for 2 consecutive renewals at your next policy renewal).
Event Date:2/8/2019
Location:Schoolcraft College, VistaTech Center
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152-269

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