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MPA is pleased to announce a Spring Series 2012 Workshop

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Adventures on the Electronic Frontier:
Ethics and Risk Management in the Digital Era (6CE)

Presented by Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D.
Friday, March 23rd, 2012
9:00am – 4:30pm
The Four Points Sheraton
Norwood MA

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$150 for MPA Members / $250 for Non Members / $60 for Life & Student Members
Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and parking!

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply basic ethical principles to evaluate risks, benefits and appropriateness of using various electronic communication and social networking media in their professional practice in a variety of situations.
  • dentify ethical, legal and disciplinary trends concerning electronic communication that will allow them to anticipate, plan and adjust their practices accordingly.
  • Evaluate when and how to provide remote professional services, therapeutic and otherwise to clients in a way that minimizes disciplinary risk.
  • Understand, apply and integrate the laws and legal principles governing remote practice within and between states.
  • Identify various kinds of professional credentials that will enable them to increase their professional mobility.
  • Develop amendments to their informed consent and documentation and professional consultation policies to accommodate remote practice and electronic communication.
  • Identify important issues regarding privacy and confidentiality issues created by electronic communication mediums and technologies that present risks to clients so they can clearly discuss these risks with clients who wish to utilize these technologies.
  • Evaluate and improve their competency to utilize electronic technology and provide remote services to their clients.
  • Discuss and apply specific, positive, ethically based, strategies to manage the disciplinary risks presented by remote electronic communication and professional service delivery based on documentation, consultation, informed consent and demonstration of competency.

The Presenter

Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D., a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1970, received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1969 and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from the Harvard University in 1978. In addition to his part time private clinical practice since 1982, Dr. Harris has served as a consultant to the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Division of the APA Practice Directorate and was Legal Counsel for Choate Health Management. He is a faculty member at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Harris has served as a member of the APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP), the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI), the Board of Directors Task Force on Child Issues, and as Treasurer of Division 31. Dr. Harris served as the Director of Professional Affairs for the Massachusetts Psychological Association for 10 years.

Dr. Harris has consulted and lectured throughout the country on risk management and managed care. He has represented psychologists before both ethics committees and state licensing boards and has been a consultant to both plaintiffs and defendants in mental health malpractice actions.

BONUS! Psychologists insured through the Trust-sponsored Professional Liability Program receive a 15% premium discount on professional liability insurance for the next two policy years for attending the workshop. (For group practices, 50% or more of the group must attend for the discount to apply. Discount not applicable for student and researcher/academician insureds).

The Massachusetts Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. Please note that according to APA policy, you must attend the event in its entirety. Partial credit will not be granted, no exceptions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Fee minus $30 administrative charge for all cancellations made five (5) business days prior to event. No refund for cancellations less than five (5) business days prior to event.

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