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Laura Knudtson Elected State Representative to APA Council

 Posted: June 18, 2019

Laura Knudtson, PhD, has been elected state representative of the APA Council of Representatives, the legislative body of APA comprised of Representatives of Divisions, Representatives of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations (SPTAs) and the members of the Board of Directors. The Council manages the affairs and funds of the association.

Laura has been a leader with the Colorado Psychological Associations, serving on the CPA Board of Directors and most recently as an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellow through the American Association of the Advancement of Science that places doctoral level experts in the offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress.


Dancing to the (Algo)rithm?

Posted: June 18, 2019

Dancing to the (Algo)rithm?
Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP
Executive Officer of the National Register of Health Services Psychologists

Telehealth is suddenly a hot property. According to the Global Telemedicine Market Outlook for 2020, the market for telemedicine is projected to grow from $26B in 2018 to over $40B in 2020, although these estimates seem to be at the high end of projections. The investment website Investopedia ranked the firms CareClix, Doctor on Demand, myTelemedicine, Teladoc, and iCliniq as proven industry leaders in telemedicine. All of these sites offer, with varying degrees of access, almost immediate virtual consultation with a healthcare provider via smartphones, specialized apps, or websites. Some connect with billing portals to coordinate covered payments for services.

As usual, the market for psychological services is much smaller than that for medical services, but as you are all aware, telepsychology has captured the interest of mental health professionals and entrepreneurs for some time. Recently, a New York company called TalkSpace announced a partnership with Optum Behavioral Health (a UnitedHealthcare subsidiary, and the subject of recent high-profile lawsuits as discussed in my May 2019 column) to provide covered services to 2 million Optum insured patients. The company has raised capital of more than $100M to fund expansion, and reportedly contracts with over 5,000 therapists. Patients can text or leave voice/video messages for a flat fee of $49/monthly. Live video interactions cost more. 


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Risk Management Workshop - July 15, 2019

Posted: May 22, 2019

Join CPA on July 15, 2019 for Sequence IX: Ethics & Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums, sponsored by The Trust, from 9:00 am- 4:30 pm. Six CE credits will be available!

Register Here!

CPA will be having it’s Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony from 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Monday, 7/15, during the Trust Workshop. All are welcome to attend!

Workshop Description:

For almost 25 years, The Trust has been providing continuing education workshops and individual consultations, with a focus on improving psychologists’ risk management skills and strategies. These workshops have evolved from basic concepts and strategies, to a more applied, integrated, and strategic approach to help you protect yourself from adverse disciplinary and legal actions. For this newest workshop, The Trust Risk Management Program reviewed data from over 70,000 consultations provided to date in order to determine which issues and questions are most pressing for today’s psychologists. Topics will include boundaries and multiple relationships, challenging terminations, working with children in the midst of family conflict, coping with disciplinary complaints, and psychotherapy patient requests for legally-related documentation.

Level of Programming: Intermediate

Course Objectives:

  • Describe basic principles of risk management, as applied to several specific clinical situations that frequently arise in professional practice;

  • Identify high risk boundary violations and multiple relationship situations;

  • Recall important considerations when making therapeutic termination decisions;

  • Evaluate potential risks when working with children in high- conflict families;

  • Formulate a plan for responding to disciplinary or legal complaints; and

  • Identify issues and strategies when psychotherapy patients make quasi-forensic requests.

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Amanda Zelechoski

Amanda D. Zelechoski is a licensed clinical and forensic psychologist and attorney. Dr. Zelechoski received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, her M.S. and Ph.D. from Drexel University, and her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (Brookline, MA) and is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has worked clinically with adults, children, and families in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings.

Dr. Zelechoski is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Valparaiso University, where she also serves as coordinator of the Dual Degree Graduate Programs in Law and Psychology. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including ethics and professional development in psychology, and provides clinical supervision to graduate students. Her primary research interests include forensic and mental health assessment, at-risk, delinquent, and traumatized youth, child custody and child welfare, and the intersection of psychology, law, and public policy. She also conducts research related to best practices in teaching and training in the areas of psychology, law, and trauma. In addition to her teaching and research interests, Dr. Zelechoski conducts forensic and psychological evaluations and has provided training and consultation to numerous mental health, law enforcement, and correctional agencies.

Sequence IX: Ethics & Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums is sponsored by:

The Trust. The Trust is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Trust maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


2019 CPA Election Results

Posted: June 6, 2019

The results of the election are in! The following individuals have been elected to the positions noted: 

Erin Baurle, President-Elect

Kate Colon, ECP Chair

Jonathan Muther, At-Large Member

Congratulations to those nominated and to those who were selected! 


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