Ethically Based Risk Management Strategies

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Presented by Dr. Samuel Knapp

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The most effective risk management strategy is to deliver and document good clinical services. Any purported risk management strategy that fails to promote patient well-being or fails to adhere to an overarching ethical principle is a false risk management strategy that must be questioned. This workshop reviews the basics of professional liability, ethically based risk management strategies (expanding one’s resources, empowering patients, documentation, and enhanced monitoring of one’s work), and ways that psychologists can improve the quality of their services through self-reflection, self-care, and deliberate practice. The workshop gives participants the opportunity for self-reflection.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • List common facts about risk management and the quality of patient care.
  • Apply ethically based risk management strategies.
  • Describe how self-care and self-reflection reduce practice risks.


Presented by Dr. Samuel Knapp

Samuel Knapp is a retired psychologist and was formerly the director of professional affairs for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. Dr. Knapp frequently writes and presents on ethical issues and suicide prevention and wrote Practical Ethics for Psychologists: A positive approach and Ethical Dilemmas in Psychotherapy, both published by the American Psychological Association, and was the lead author in Assessing and Managing Risk in Psychological Practice, published by the Trust.