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OPA Ethics Committee: Ethical Issues in the Business of Psychology WEBINAR

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Credits: 1 CE - Ethics  (after successful completion of webinar quiz)

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Richard Ashbrook, PhD
Amy Boland, PhD
Terry Imar, MA
Kay Levine, PhD
Christine Muller-Held, PhD
Debjani Sinha, PhD
Elizabeth Swenson, PhD,JD


Level: Intermediate

Credits: 1 CE - Ethics (after successful completion of webinar quiz)

Cost: OPA Member: $25 | Nonmember:$40 | Student: $10


Participants identify and apply pertinent sections of governing documents (e.g., the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Ohio Psychology Laws and Rules Governing Psychologists, related Ohio statutes, Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists, etc.) to a vignette(s) designed to elucidate the ethical and legal practice of psychology. Particular attention is devoted to areas of practice that pose additional liability such as contractual issues in leaving a practice, interruption of therapy, and referral payment.


Learning Objectives - This workshop is designed to teach participants to:

  • Identify & apply pertinent sections of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and code of Conduct to a vignette related to the practice of psychology.
  • Understand the role of the OPA Ethics Committee in member ethics consults.
  • Determine what to look for in signing a group practice contract.
  • Understand how to decide whether a referral payment is ethical.

About the Presenters:

Richard Ashbrook, PhD
- A faculty member at Capital University (Columbus, OH) since 1986, Dr. Ashbrook, a professor of psychology, previously served as department chair, acting dean of Adult Learning and Assessment, dean of the College, and most recently as provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs (2010-2016). He earned his B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland, and his M.A. and Ph.D. (clinical psychology), and M.F.A. (creative writing) from The Ohio State University.  He completed his internship at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, and received post-doctoral 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.

Amy Boland, PhD -  Dr. Amy Boland has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from DePaul University and a Master's degree in developmental psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2011. She is now both a licensed psychologist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who works in private practice and consults with public school systems. Dr. Boland specializes in providing evaluations, counseling, social skills groups, behavior management services, and school consultation for children with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Anxiety Disorder, and Behavior Disorders. She is also the co-founder of Behavior Buddies Visual Tools for Positive Parenting, is a Lecturer for The Ohio State University School Psychology program, and was recently appointed to the School Psychology Oral Exam Committee for the Ohio Board of Psychology.

Terry Imar, MA - Terry Imar received his graduate degree from Kent State University in 1971 and has been in practice in Ohio since 1975. Prior to entering full-time private practice in 1981, he was Clinical Director of North Central Mental Health Center in Columbus. Mr. Imar is in general practice in Delaware, working with adults, adolescents, and children. He has special interests in ADHD and substance abuse disorders. Mr. Imar is a member of the medical staff of Grady Memorial Hospital, where he is Chief of the Psychology service. He is a member, and former chair, of the Ohio Psychological Association’s Mandatory Continuing Education Committee. He also is a member of the Ethics Committee, which he previously chaired. In addition to his membership in OPA, Mr. Imar is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for the Advancement of Psychology, and the Central Ohio Psychological Association. Mr. Imar is a Charter Patron of the Academy for Education and Research in Professional Psychology, the organization that created the school of professional psychology at Wright State University.

Kay Levine, PhD
- Dr. Levine received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Syracuse University, received her M.A. in Education from Case Western Reserve University, and Ph.D. in Special Education/Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California.  While getting her doctorate, she was also being trained as a child psychoanalyst at Reiss-Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles, and currently is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and California.  Also, she is a licensed Marriage, Child and Family Therapist in California.  To mention some of her work experiences, she has worked as a special education teacher, a childcare worker at a residential treatment facility, a child life worker in the ICU of a children's hospital, has been the consultant for a residential drug treatment program in which addict mothers and their children resided, worked as a staff psychologist in various clinical settings, and was the Treatment Team Leader for the locked unit at a residential treatment center.  Currently, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and teaches and supervises both child and adult psychiatry residents here at UH Cleveland Medical Center, and provides direct clinical service thru our department of psychiatry. In her private practice she primarily works with adults and couples. She is on the Ethics Committee of the Ohio Psychological Assn., past OCAP member, and is a supervisor on the Cleveland Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team. 

Christine Muller-Held, PsyD
- Dr. Muller-Held is an Early Career Psychologist member of the OPA Ethics Committee. She earned her B.S., M.A., and Psy.D. at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Muller-Held completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at University of Cincinnati Student Health Services, as well as in the private practice Kathleen Mack, PsyD, where she received advanced training in neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Muller-Held is a Senior Staff Psychologist and Mental Health Service Coordinator at the UC Health Student Health Services clinic, which serves the medical and mental health needs of University of Cincinnati’s student population. In addition, she recruits and supervises intern and post-doctoral level psychology trainees with the student health clinic. Dr. Muller-Held is an active member of OPA. In addition to her interest in professional ethics, she has maintained an active professional interest in the intersection between medical and mental healthcare, specifically related to collaborative relationships between physicians and mental health providers.

Debjani Sinha, PhD
- Dr. Sinha is a practicing psychologist with a background in neuropsychology.  She graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati (UC) and completed post-doctoral work at UC’s Behavioral Neuropsychology Clinic.  Her work history extends from the Alzheimer’s Research Center and Dementia Clinic at UC Medical School to the Psychological Services Center at UC.  Dr. Sinha divides her professional time between her private practice and as Adjunct Associate Professor at UC Department of Psychology, teaching psychobiology, cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, testing and measurement, and developmental psychology courses.  Dr. Sinha’s practice offers individual and couples psychotherapy, and assessment services (neuropsychological and psycho-educational).  Dr. Sinha is past President of Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology (2 terms) and has served as Ethics Chair for CAPP for 10 years.  She is currently part of OPA Ethics Committee.

Elizabeth V. Swenson, PhD, JD
- Dr. Swenson is Professor of Psychology at John Carroll University. She earned her B.S. from Tufts University, M.A. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in educational psychology, and J.D. from Cleveland State University. Her primary occupation is teaching professional ethics, the effects of hospitalization on children’s development, planning for careers and graduate school, and legal issues in psychology to undergraduate students. Dr. Swenson is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Midwestern Psychological Association, and  the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She has served as a consultant‐evaluator and Accreditation Review Council member for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Her professional service includes being a member of the Ethics Committees of both the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association. She has also been a member of the APA Continuing Professional Education Committee, the Ethics Code Revision Task Force, and the Council of Representatives from Division Two.