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2018 Ethics Workshop: Ethical Challenges and Safety Issues for Clinicians Presentation plus Vignettes and Discussion
Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:45 PM - 4:15 PM MDT
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2018 Ethics Workshop: Ethical Challenges and Safety Issues for Clinicians Presentation; plus, Vignettes and Discussion

Time: 12:45 pm- 4:15 pm
Location: COPIC Insurance 7351 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230
Attendance Fees:

  • Non-Member: $120
  • CPA Member: $90
  • Student Non-Member: $45
  • Student Member: $30
Register Here!

Schedule of Events:

  • 12:45pm -- Registration/ CE Sign-In
  • 1:00pm -- Program Starts Promptly
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm -- John Nicoletti's Presentation
  • 2:30-2:45pm -- Break (Snacks and Drinks Provided)
  • 2:45pm - 4:15pm -- Vignettes/Discussion Panel
  • 4:15pm -- Wrap-up/Sign-Out

3 CEs Available!


Ethical Challenges and Safety Issues for Clinicians: Strategies for Navigating Confidentiality and Acting Effectively Around Threats from Clients


Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this training, participants will:

  • Be able to describe why it is clinically important and identify 3 ways to establish boundaries that maintain physical and emotional safety during client meetings
  • Be able to specify which high level risks for harm to clinicians may be presented by clients during sessions

Featured Speaker:

John Nicoletti, PhD, ABPP, received his doctorate in psychology from Colorado State University.  Dr. Nicoletti is a Board Certified Specialist in Police and Public Safety Psychology. Dr. Nicoletti specializes in detecting and disrupting proactive and reactive attack behaviors, trauma recovery, psychological incident command issues and high stress occupational interventions.  Dr. Nicoletti authored three books on violence prevention and intervention including: Violence Goes to Work (1994); Violence Goes to College (2001) and Violence Goes to School (2002).  Dr. Nicoletti was a professional responder for numerous school tragedies (i.e., Columbine, Platte Canyon, Arapahoe) as well as the Aurora Theater shootings.  He has been a member of the Colorado Governor's Task Force on Expert Emergency Response and is past Chair of the Police Psychologist Section for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  His firm, Nicoletti-Flater &  Associates, offers a range of evaluation and consultation services in addition to training and supervising the new clinicians in the Denver Metro Area.

Vignettes and Discussion

2:45 - 4:15pm

The vignettes will guide participants to evaluate dangerous and complex client presentations and assess those situations through legal, ethical and clinical lenses to action steps. Examples of vignette topics include: families dealing with armed mentally diagnosed clients, threats of violence against the clinician, boundary violating contacts from clients and unwelcome client contact post-termination.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this training, participants will:

  • Be able to identify the steps to take when ending a professional relationship with a client who poses a physical threat to the clinician
  • When acutely threatened by a client, be able to identify why breaching confidentiality (to a degree) is necessary, which authorities are contacted and what information is to be shared 

Featured Speakers:

  • Jennifer A Cornish, Ph.D., ABPP
  • John R. Holmberg, Psy.D. PC
  • Randyl "Randi" Smith, MSW, Ph.D.
  • Natalie Vona, Ph.D.
  • Mary Ann Watson, Ph.D.
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The Colorado Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.