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September 2019 Ethics Training

Updated: Jul 17


Seated on the mock board from L to R: Dr. Fred Wechlser, Dr. Ramona Mellott, Joseph Donaldson, Dr. Bob Bohanske, Jeanne Galvin, and Cindy Olvey. Presenting to the Board from L to R: Dr. Andy Hogg and Dr. Faren Akins

On Friday, September 27th NAPS hosted its biannual 4 hour ethics training. This year we invited an ‘All Star’ team to engage a mock board hearing with four vignettes. Our guests that formed the board included Dr. Ramona Mellott, Dr. Fred Wechsler, Dr. Bob Bohanske, Cindy Olvey, Jeanne Galvin, and Joe Donaldson, and Dr. Faren Akins as our psychologist/attorney.  We are grateful to Dr. Andy Hogg, Dr. Sherri Ruggiero, and Dr. Daniel Phillips for being willing to participate as licensees to the mock board.  Attendees were engaged in the process with questions and insightful comments. Many were replaying parts of the presentation afterward, posing questions, and talking about potential changes they would make to their paperwork and practice. A few take-home points included not to practice beyond our training, experience, and abilities. In addition, not resting on one’s laurels, but critically thinking through each step, each case, identifying each client and then getting informed consent specifically from the client. One board member said psychologists tend to get themselves in trouble from a desire “to be helpful,” but let that get in the way of sound judgment regarding what is safe and in alignment with our code of ethics.

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