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by William F. Doverspike
by William F. Doverspike

Risk Management: Clinical, Ethical, & Legal Guidelines for Successful Practice - Second Edition (Book w/CD-ROM)

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• 2015  406pp paperback with CD-ROM   ISBN: 9781568872148
• The book contains a CD-ROM with 57 useful forms and a Powerpoint® presentation

For those already in practice or for students who will become practitioners, the revised and expanded second edition of this practical guide addresses ethics from a risk-management perspective. With the idea that it is easier to avoid an ethics complaint than it is to defend one, Dr. Doverspike presents some basic common sense principles.  Incorporating these principles into your practice patterns can offer you a greater degree of protection while offering your clients a higher standard of care.  This edition also includes a CD-ROM with 57 reproducible practice forms along with a Powerpoint® file containing slides that provide an outline of the chapters. These can be used to print handouts and create presentations for use in the classroom and in ethics seminars.  The files may be easily modified by the user to suit his or her instructional needs.

"This book is written for everyone... this claim is often made and means one size fits all.  The Doverspike book really is written for everyone at an individualized and personalized level.  How can that be?  We are familiar with competency models for training.  This book is a competency model for practice.  Practitioners at all levels of expertise, all subject matter areas, and all phases of practice from early career to the very experienced will find specific, unique, and comprehensive direction for their practices in ways that have not occurred to them.  For example, even those not intending to practice telepsychology find themselves in a phone conversation or responding to a text from a client.  How to decide about fees, boundaries, acceptable topics, and record retention are questions thoroughly explained.  In each chapter, Doverspike provides essential concepts for thinking about the subject and then walks the reader through, step by step.  Regardless of the reader’s level of expertise, it is not possible to read a page of this book without learning something.”
     -Linda Campbell
, PhD,
Professor and Director, Center for Counseling and Evaluation, University of Georgia

“Once again Bill Doverspike has created a book that should be sitting on the desk of every mental health professional.  From beginning to end, the second edition of Risk Management: Clinical, Ethical, & Legal Guidelines for Successful Practice is filled with practical advice on how to safely practice psychology in a fashion that is not only in the best interest of the client but also that of the practicing psychologist.  Chock-full of valuable resources, this is a must read.”
     -Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Professor, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

“Dr. Doverspike has written a comprehensive, intelligent and thoughtful guide to dealing with the complex ethical, legal and clinical issues that frequently confront the mental health  professional.  It is filled with both in-depth analysis of the issues and practical advice on proper and effective risk management.  I highly recommend it.”
     -Robert B. Remar, JD, Partner, Rogers & Hardin LLP, Atlanta; Legal Counsel, Georgia Psychological Association

Table of Contents
Chapter One

Understand Ethical and Legal Standards • Practice Within Your Area of Competence • Supervise Only What You Know • Obtain Adequately Informed Consent • Beware of Child Custody Evaluations • Maintain Clear Boundaries With Clients • Use Projective Retrospective Thinking • Consult Regularly With Colleagues • Document Your Decisions in Writing • Keep Communication Channels Open • Aspire to a Standard of Excellence • Ethical Risk Management Made Ridiculously Simple • Summary of Ethical Risk-Management Considerations • Points to Remember
Chapter Two
An Overview of Informed Consent • Understand the Ethical Principles • Determine Capacity to Consent • Provide Significant Information • Avoid Coercion or Undue Influence • Obtain Written Documentation • Note Exceptions to Informed Consent • Consider Legal Standards • Consider Federal Regulations • Consider Managed Care • Use Informed Consent Forms • Informed Consent Made Ridiculously Simple • Summary of Informed Consent Considerations • Points to Remember
Chapter Three

Privacy, Confidentiality, and Privilege • Boundary Crossings • Dual Relationships • Risk Factors and Unhealthy Boundaries • Sexual Impropriety • Special Considerations • Boundary Management Made Ridiculously Simple • Summary of Managing Boundaries • Points to Remember
Chapter Four
Principle Ethics and Virtue Ethics • Teleological and Deontological Ethics • Some Basic Decision-Making Models • An Ethical Decision-Making Model • Integrate Ethical and Legal Standards • Solve Ethical Problems Before They Arise • Ethical Decision Making Made Ridiculously Simple • Summary of Decision-Making Guidelines • Points to Remember
Chapter Five
Common Ethical Dichotomies • Top 10 Reasons Not to Consult a Colleague • Top Reasons to Consult a Colleague • Psychological vs. Legal Consultations • Consulting With Colleagues Made Ridiculously Simple • Summary of Consulting With Colleagues • Points to Remember
Chapter Six

Record Retention • Child Records • Protected Health Information • Psychotherapy Notes • Progress Notes • Risk-Managed Notes • Summary of Records • Disclosure of Information • Client Access • Written Reports • Record Keeping Made Meticulously Simple • Summary of Documentation and Record Keeping • Points to Remember
Chapter Seven  
Respond to the Notice of Investigation • Remember There is No Such Thing as a Frivolous Complaint • Be a Colleague, Not an Adversary • Be a Behaviorist When Explaining Details • Explain in Writing What You Did and Why You Did It • Be Sure to Cite the Standards • Do Not Blame the Client • Show Concern for Your Client’s Welfare • Learn How to Turn Errors Into Amends • Be Able to Note Peer Consultations • Think In Terms of Aspirational Behavior • Be Aware of Procedures and Deadlines • Understand the Committee Findings • Turn a Negative Into a Positive • Responding to Complaints Made Ridiculously Simple • Summary of Responding to Ethics Complaints • Points to Remember
Chapter Eight  
The Myth of Risk Management • The Curse of Risk Management • The Worst of Risk Management • Summary of an Alternative View of Risk Management • Points to Remember

CD-ROM Forms

  1.  Office Policies and Procedures
  2.  Electronic Communication Policy
  3.  Client Registration
  4.  Client’s Rights and Responsibilities
  5.  Informed Consent Checklist
  6.  Informed Consent for Psychological Services
  7.  Informed Consent for Financial Responsibility
  8.  Statement of Understanding for Unauthorized Services and for Services Beyond Medical Necessity
  9.  Statement of Understanding for Appointments that are Unkept, Canceled, or Rescheduled With Less Than
       24 Hours’ Notice
10.  Statement of Understanding for Telephone Conferences
11.  Record of Phone Conversation
12.  Record of Text Message
13.  Consultation Note
14.  Progress Note
15.  Psychotherapy Note
16.  Client Background Information
17.  Client History
18.  Mental Status Examination
19.  Problem List
20.  Treatment Plan Worksheet
21.  Behavioral Changes Worksheet
22.  Commitment to Treatment
23.  Collaterals Consent Form
24.  Policy on Differences Between Therapeutic and Forensic Roles with Clients Undergoing Divorce and
       Custody Disputes
25.  Policy on Sharing Information About Child Clients With Courts
26.  Child Therapy Contract
27.  Informed Consent for Special Circumstances: Couples and Family Therapy
28.  Informed Consent for Special Circumstances: Children and Adolescents Ages 15 and Under
29.  Informed Consent for Special Circumstances: Adolescents Ages 16 to 17 Years Old
30.  Informed Consent for Special Circumstances: Young Adults Ages 18 Years and Older
31.  Informed Consent for Psychological Testing
32.  Informed Consent for Neuropsychological Testing
33.  Informed Consent for Counseling and Psychotherapy
34.  Informed Consent for Termination of Professional Services
35.  Informed Consent for Independent Consultative Examination by Licensed Psychologist
36.  Informed Consent for Independent Consultative Examination by MH Professional
37.  Informed Consent for Limited Scope of Treatment Excluding Independent Consultative Examination
38.  Sample Letter of Agreement Regarding Financial Responsibility for Expert Testimony
39.  Sample Letter for Response to Request for Production of Documents
40.  Sample Letter for Response to Subpoena (for Licensed Psychologists)
41.  Sample Letter for Response to Subpoena (for Licensed Professional Counselors)
42.  Sample Letter for Response to Subpoena (for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists)
43.  Motion to Quash Court Order [Psychologist]
44.  Motion to Quash Court Order [Mental Health Professional]
45.  Waiver of the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege [Licensed Psychologist]
46.  Waiver of the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege [Licensed Professional Counselor]
47.  Waiver of the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege [Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist]
48.  Telephone Reply to Telephone Requests for Information
49.  Release of Information
50.  HIPAA-Compliant Authorization
51.  HIPAA-Compliant Authorization Checklist: Audit Form
52.  Georgia Records Documentation Checklist: Audit Forms
53.  APA Documentation Checklist: Audit Form
54.  Closing Summary
55.  Treatment Outcome Measure
56.  Client Satisfaction Survey
57.  Professional Plan for the Sudden Termination of Practice                   

CD-ROM also contains Powerpoint® file of outline of chapters.

CE Program
A supplemental 12-credit, 75 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), click here: Risk Management (Second Edition) - CE Program (12 Credits)

For information about our approved continuing education sponsorships 
and acceptance by state boards, please click here: 
Continuing Education

About the Author
William F. Doverspike, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and Diplomate in Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABPN).  He is an Adjunct Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, where he teaches professional ethics and legal standards in the clinical psychology doctoral program.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, where he teaches professional ethics, psychopathology, and addictions in the professional counseling program.  Dr. Doverspike is currently a member of the Georgia licensing board for psychologists.  He is a former President of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and has served on the GPA Ethics Committee.  He has authored over 100 articles and chapters on a variety of topics ranging from professional ethics and spirituality to neuropsychology and psychotherapy.  He maintains a private practice at the Atlanta Counseling Center.

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