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LIVE Webinar: The Ethical and Legal Practice of Psychology
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When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
9 - 11 a.m.
Where: LIVE Webinar | Zoom Platform
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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2 CE-Ethics for psychologists

Important Notes:

  • This is a LIVE webinar and will NOT be recorded. 
  • Participants will be required to complete an online evaluation form and CE Quiz following the webinar and receive an 80% or higher on the quiz to receive CE credit.
  • Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the session. 

Registration Information:

Registration deadline is June 2, 2020... Save $10 by registering on or before May 22, 2020 with the Early Bird Discount!

OPA Member Fee: $70 | OPA Student Member Fee: $40 | Non-OPA Member Fee: $95  


Instructions to Join the Online Webinar:

Once the registration process is complete, you will receive instructions on how to join the call.

Attendees are required to view the webinar through the online Zoom platform via a computer or tablet. Phone only access will not be allowed as attendees will need to be able to see the presenters' slides.



Program Description:
This workshop is presented by the OPA Ethics Committee. Through vignettes written for this year’s convention theme of "Emerging Trends," participants will identify and apply pertinent sections of governing documents (the APA Principles and Code of Conduct, Ohio Psychology Laws, and Rules Governing Psychologists and APA Specialty Guidelines). The vignettes are designed to elucidate the ethical and legal practice of psychology. Particular attention is devoted to areas of practice that pose additional liability and yield frequent conduct complaints to the State Board of Psychology. The interplay of ethical practice and cultural competence will be discussed.

Learning Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and apply pertinent sections of the APA Ethical
  2. Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct to vignettes related to the practice of psychology, 
  3. Identify and apply pertinent sections of the Ohio Psychology Laws and Rules Governing Psychologists to vignettes related to the practice of psychology, 
  4. Identify and apply relevant APA specialty guidelines, and 
  5. Understand ethical and legal implications related to areas of practice that pose additional liability or yield frequent conduct complaints.

About the Speakers:

Elizabeth Swenson, PhD, JD is a professor of psychology at John Carroll University. She earned her BS from Tufts University, MA and PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She teaches professional ethics and forensic psychology to undergraduates. Dr. Swenson is a fellow or the American Psychological Association, the Midwestern Psychological Association and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She is a specialized peer reviewer and team chair for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Currently she is chair of the OPA Ethics Committee and has been a member of the APA Ethics Committee, the APA Ethics Code Revision Task Force and the APA Continuing Professional Education Committee.

Richard Ashbrook, PhD
is a professor of psychology at Capital University since 1986. He previously served as department chair, dean of the College, and provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. He earned his BS from the University of Maryland, and his MA and PhD (clinical psychology), and MFA (creative writing) from The Ohio State University. He completed his internship at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, and received postdoctoral training in pediatric and health psychology. Dr. Ashbrook, a licensed psychologist in Ohio and North Carolina, is affiliated with a medical and behavioral health consulting practice that specializes in publicly funded demonstration grants, outsourced services for public, governmental, and nonprofit agencies, and contract forensic, corrections, diagnostic, and disability services.

Marianne Bowden, PhD
received her and her doctorate in counseling/ clinical psychology from Kent State University. She completed her clinical internship at Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine and her residency at The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties. Dr. Bowden has extensive experience with psychological evaluations as well as custody and parenting evaluations, having completed over 3500 evaluations in her career. She also provides court/expert testimony and treats mental health issues for all ages and problems. She specializes in the areas of trauma, child sexual abuse, ethics, anxiety/panic disorders, and forensic psychology. She is the owner of Bowden & Associates Psychological and Counseling Services LLC.

Howard Fradkin, PhD, LICDC-CS
has counseled over 1500 male and female survivors of sexual victimization over the course of his 37-year career as a Psychologist. As a professional trainer, he has educated over 2,500 professional colleagues on male sexual trauma. He provides expert consultation for the Ohio and Federal Public Defenders Office. In 2018, he retired after serving 15 years as Co-Chairperson of the Weekends of Recovery program and retired from his private practice, Affirmations Psychological Services where he worked for 35 years. He authored Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive, published in 2012. He serves as Chairperson of the OPA Colleague Assistance Program and is a member of the Ethics Committee.

Kay Levine, PhD
earned her Special Education/Educational Psychology PhD from University of Southern California, and trained as a child psychoanalyst at Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, Los Angeles. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is clinical assistant professor, School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University. She is on OPA’s Ethics Committee and was formerly on Colleague Assistance Committee, and is an APA member. She is a Disaster Mental Health Supervisor- Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, and holds Ohio and California Psychologist and California Marriage and Family Therapist licenses. She primarily works with couples and individual adults in her private practice.

Christine Muller-Held, PsyD
is an Early Career member of the OPA Ethics Committee. She obtained her doctoral degree from Xavier University, and is currently a senior staff psychologist and coordinator of mental health services at University of Cincinnati’s University Health Service. Dr. Muller-Held’s professional interests include ethical and legal issues in professional psychology, collaborative medical and mental health care, and the mental health needs of college and graduate/ professional school students. In her personal time, Dr. Muller-Held enjoys reading, cooking and baking, traveling, meandering drives with her husband, and cheering on the New York Yankees.

Debjani Sinha, PhD
is a practicing psychologist with a background in neuropsychology. She has a PhD from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and post-doctoral training at UC’s Behavioral Neuropsychology Clinic. Currently Dr. Sinha divides her professional time between her private practice and as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Sinha offers psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment services. Dr. Sinha also specializes in psycho-educational evaluations for ADHD and LD for adolescents and adults. Dr. Sinha is past 2-term President of Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology and has served as Ethics Chair for CAPO for 10 years. She is currently a member of Ohio Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee.

Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., LICDC-CS, ABPP
, is a board-certified forensic psychologist, an attorney at law, and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor – clinical supervisor. Dr. Stinson is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and a Diplomate in forensic psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Stinson worked for 15 years on a forensic unit at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (an inpatient psychiatric hospital), where he also served on the hospital’s Ethics Committee for a number of years, chairing it for his last two years. Dr. Stinson served as the Chief of Behavioral Health Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services for over 3 years. He lectures across the country in the areas of mental health law and ethics. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University Department of Psychology, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. He also serves on the faculty of the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP). Dr. Stinson holds membership in several legal and psychological professional associations, including APA (and several of its divisions), OPA (where he is a Past-President and is a member and past-chair of the Ethics Committee), COPA (where he is a Past-President), the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (where he is President-Elect), and the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA).  In his law practice, he represents professionals as it relates to licensing board issues and related matters.

Key Literary References:

  • APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct 
  • Ohio Revised Code
  • Relevant APA Specialty Guidelines


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