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Being Prepared for Crisis Moments in Clinical Practice: How to Avoid Potential Problems


Being Prepared for Crisis Moments in Clinical Practice:

How to Avoid Potential Problems

Saturday, May 14th @ 10:00  – 12:00 PM, 2CE, Via Zoom Webinar

Presented by Michael Kerner, Ph.D. and Murphy Alafoginis, MBA, MS


Course Description

Many therapists experience significant stress when confronted with challenging ethical decisions, management of suicidal and high risk patients, board complaints, malpractice allegations, and dealing with subpoenas. This presentation will cover a variety of these topics to foster a clearer understanding of these complex issues, and recommendations for best practices to avoid future problems.  Topics covered will include models of decision making that address ethical, legal, clinical, socio-cultural, and risk management considerations.  Many additional resources on all these topics will also be provided.

Michael J. Kerner, Ph.D.,
 is a clinical and forensic psychologist in San Jose, California, with over 30 years experience. Dr. Kerner specializes in forensic and psychological assessments, & serves as a consultant/expert to family law attorneys, He was the past educational director for AATBS, where he taught and authored law and ethics material for psychologists, and has been a continuing education presenter for psychologists and lawyers on numerous occasions. 

Murphy Alafoginis, MBA, MS, is a PhD candidate at Palo Alto University with research interests in the intersection of ethics, severe mental illness, and forensic assessment. She has worked in various forensic settings and is currently providing acute mental health care in a hospital. 

SCCPA & SMCPA Members Free
Non-Members $60 
Students $15

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to:

List 5 components to consider in managing difficult situations with clients.
Explain the differences between being required to break confidentiality vs. being permitted to break confidentiality.
Identify required information which should be included in clinical record of suicidal patients and damaging information to avoid.

CPA is co-sponsoring with SCCPA & SMCPA. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.     Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation forms will receive 2 continuing education credits.  Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Via Zoom, REGISTER for Zoom portion via link in confirmation email.

Videoconference information will be provided in an email once payment is received.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Barbara Kirsch
Programs Chair
Annette Taylor
408-757-7720 (p)
408-757-7720 (c)
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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