Sequence XII: Navigating Challenging Conversations: Ethics and Risk Management - Zoom Webinar

Friday, May 12th, from 9AM-4:15PM

6 CE Ethics Credits

Presented by Leisl Bryant, Ph.D.

Program Brochure

Registration closes May 11th at 2PM. Please email if you are interested in joining after registration closes.


For over two decades, The Trust has worked to educate and support psychologists in improving their ethics and risk management skills and strategies by providing live workshops, webinars, risk management consultation, and expanding resources. This 12th workshop in our Sequence series continues to emphasize applied, integrated and strategic methods to help you stay grounded in ethical principles and practices and to protect yourself from adverse disciplinary and legal actions.

The Trust Risk Management Consultants have culled subject matter from some 110,000 consultations provided to date to focus this workshop on problems practitioners often encounter. The overarching theme of Workshop 12 is on the ethics and risk management of navigating various types of challenging conversations that arise in professional practice. Specific ally, topics will include: the possibly impaired or unethical colleague; race and microaggressions; record keeping and the Information Blocking Rule; mandated child abuse reporting; multiple relationships and conflicts of interest in collateral versus conjoint services; managing risks of cross-jurisdictional telepsychology; and the ethics and risk management of responding to patients/clients who engaging in stalking, threatening, or harassing behaviors.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe at least five basic principles of ethics and risk management, as applied to several specific clinical situations that frequently arise in professional practice.
  • Identify three risk factors and warning signs of distress/impairment in ourselves and our colleagues, and list three primary interventions for managing professional distress/impairment, and delineate two factors to consider when preparing for a conversation with a potentially impaired colleague and for deciding the appropriateness of a formal or informal ethical resolution.
  • Describe two methods for effectively engaging in challenging conversations regarding race and ethnicity with colleagues, supervisors/supervisees, and patients/clients.
  • Define the Information Blocking Rule and explain two strategies for ethically managing risk related to this rule.
  • Identify three types of immunity provisions that protect psychologists who make mandated child abuse reports; and list three steps psychologists can take to minimize their risk in these situations.
  • Apply at least two risk management strategies for decreasing risks when involving collaterals in treatment and/or providing conjoint psychological services.
  •  List four broad categories of factors to consider when determining whether to provide cross-jurisdictional telepsychological services.
  • Discuss four strategies for ethically and safely managing patients/clients who exhibit stalking, threatening, or harassing behaviors


Dr. Bryant is licensed New Hampshire and Massachusetts-based clinical and forensic psychologist, with board certification in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She received her B.A. from the University of West Florida, her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duquesne University, and completed a forensic postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Law and Psychiatry Program.

Working in both criminal and civil arenas, Dr. Bryant has maintained a private practice in clinical and forensic psychology for nearly two decades and has provided psychological services in a variety of forensic and therapeutic settings.

Dr. Bryant is a Fellow with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and formerly served as President and Executive Director of the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA).

She also served on the NHPA Ethics Committee for over ten years, received the Margaret M. Riggs Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in the State of New Hampshire, and was awarded the Karl F. Heiser APA Presidential Award for Advocacy. Dr. Bryant brings extensive experience in forensic, clinical, and ethical consultation, academic instruction, and professional presentation to her role on the risk management team.