An Ethics Update: Managing Risk by Practicing Ethically

Michael B. Donner, Ph.D.

11/02/2018 at 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

University of Nevada Reno, PME 12
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557

6 Ethics CE Credits

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NPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Approved for Nevada Psychologists and MFTs. Approval pending: LCSWs



Sponsored by:

WestPac Wealth Partners

    About the Workshop:

    This program will approach this continuing education program by applying a clinical perspective to legal and ethical practice. We will begin by reviewing a model for legal and ethical decision making based on the broad ethical principles that form the basis for most professional ethics codes.

    We will discuss some of the topics that most clinicians confront and struggle with in everyday practice. Rather than establishing defensive rules, we will consider privilege and confidentiality, technology in and out of the office, and the interface between the clinician and the courtroom (records, subpoenas, letters of support) from the position of what makes sense clinically and ethically. We will be keeping our focus on the needs of the patient and the goals of our work together.


    Workshop Objectives:

  1. Apply an ethical model across a range of legal, clinical and ethical dilemmas.
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the difference between confidentiality, privacy and privilege.
  3. Differentiate between culture, poverty and abuse in child abuse reporting.
  4. Review the ethical dimensions of telepsychology in the context of psychotherapy.
  5. Demonstrate how to integrate and consider social media in the context of psychotherapy.
  6. Utilize some of the basic guidelines for responding to subpoenas, records requests and testifying.


    This presentation is intended for psychologists, other licensed mental health providers, and graduate students of psychology. Seating is limited, so register early!


     About The Presenter:

    Michael B. Donner, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and clinical and forensic psychologist in Oakland, California. He is the immediate Past-President of the San Francisco Center for Psychanalysis (SFCP) and the past chair of the California Psychological Association (CPA Division o Clinical and Professional Practice). He has also chaired the CPA Ethics Committee, the Alameda County Psychological Association Ethics and Impairment Committee and was a member of the SFCP Ethics and Impairment Committee.

    He teaches, publishes and  consults on Legal and Ethical issues for Mental Health Professionals and on matters relating to Child Custody Evaluations to Family Law Professionals in California and across the country. He has served as a court appointed Special Master, Chemical Dependency Evaluator, a Child Custody Evaluator, and as an expert witness for matters before the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and Board of Psychology. Dr.Donner’s CV


    Program Schedule:

    Friday, November 2nd

    8:30- 9:00am Registration
    9:00-10:30am An Ethical Model
    10:30 – 10:45am Break Morning Break (refreshments and coffee will be provided)
    10:45-12:15pm  Protecting the Frame:
    Privacy, Privilege and Confidentiality
    Distinguishing Culture and Poverty from Abuse
    12:15-1:30pm Lunch on Your Own
    1:30-3:00pm Technology in Clinical Practice-Servicing the underserved:
    Phone, Texting, Email and the Internet
    3:00-3:15pm Break Afternoon Break (beverages and snacks will be provided)
    3:15-4:45pm  Clinicians and the Courtroom:  Writing “letters”, reports and testimony



    Download Brochure:

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    Fax to:
    (888) 654-0050 (for credit cards)
    Mail with check to:
    PO Box 400671, Las Vegas, NV 89140

    General Information:

    Handout Materials

    Handout materials will be sent out electronically to all attendees no later than October 26th, 2018. Printed handout materials are available upon request for an extra fee. Requests should be submitted by email to our Executive Director, Wendi O’Connor to no later than Tuesday, October 30th, 2018.

    Workshop Location

    The workshop will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Pennington Medical Education Building (PME) 12.
    Parking is available in Silver 10. Parking permits are required and can be purchased from kiosk in the parking lot for $7.00. Click here to view map.
    From N. McCarran Blvd, turn right on Evans Ave, right on Enterprise Road and turn left at stop sign before CMM Building. Silver 10 lot is located on your left. Kiosk for purchasing parking permits will be on your left as you enter the parking lot (accepts cash or credit card as payment methods).

    Refunds & Grievance Policies

    Participants may direct questions or complaints to NPA to 888-654-0050. An administrative fee of $30 will be charged for cancellation of registration. Please note, no refunds will be granted after 10/19/2018.


    Approved by Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners. Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. NPA will issue certificates of completion. APA CE rules require that we only issue credits to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes late or leaving before the entire workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

    Additional Information

    NPA will provide accommodations for person with special needs, when notified at the time of registration and at least one week prior to workshop. Please email us at

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