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April 21, 2018

Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028

The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations

CE credits: 3.0 Ethics

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 63
Location: Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028


*This popular workshop was presented at our 2017 Fall convention at 1.5 CE credits. The content has been expanded for 3.0 CE ethics credits


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Learning Objectives:

In light of the judicial activism that changed to duty to protect in Washington, participants will be able to meet the new standard by:

  1. engaging in sufficient assessment of the threats of violence, even vague threats, and its documentation;
  2. implementing appropriate interventions based upon the assessment; and
  3. creating sufficient ongoing documentation of the interventions.
Program Description:

Volk v Demeerleer changed how psychologists in Washington must work with a client who threatens any type of physical violence, even a vague threat of violence. During this three hour workshop participants will learn how to assess the risk of violence, even a vague threat. The workshop will focus on what type of data should be obtained and how to document the assessment adequately. Based upon the assessment, appropriate steps must be delineated for addressing the risk of violence. Further documentation of these steps as well as a justification for the steps taken must also occur.

About the Presenters, G. Andrew H. Benjamin, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP and Stephen Feldman, J.D., Ph.D.:

Andy Benjamin, PH.D.

G. Andrew H. Benjamin J.D., Ph.D., ABPP was elected to serve as President of the Washington State Psychological Association and later his colleagues there created an Association award named after him for "outstanding and tireless contributions." He was honored by the Puyallup Indian Nation's Health Authority for serving as a "modern day warrior fighting the mental illnesses, drug-alcohol addictions" of the people served by the Nation's program. After being elected representative of Washington to the APA’s Council for two terms, he was appointed the Council’s Parliamentarian, and served in that capacity during four terms. He has served as a member and a Chair of the APA’s Committee on Legal Issues, and the APA’s Policy and Planning Board. He also served as a member of the APA Board of Educational Affairs. He is the Past-President of APA’s Division for States, Provinces and Territories. Dr. Benjamin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 18, 31, 41, 42, 43, 45, 49, and 55). The APA conferred the Karl F. Heiser Award in recognition of his record of public service and advocacy in numerous areas of professional activity.

Dr. Benjamin has published 63 peer reviewed articles in Psychology, Law, and Psychiatry journals. He is the author of six books published by APA- Law and Mental Health Professionals; Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation: Reducing Risks of Ethical Infractions and Malpractice (editions I & II); Educational Evaluations of Children With Special Needs: Clinical and Forensic Considerations; and The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations for Mental Health Professionals; and one book published by Sage- Ethics for Psychologists: A Casebook Approach. One of his lectures about issues related to child custody is posted at this link:

Dr. Stephen Feldman

Dr. Feldman has practiced and taught law for over 30 years. He has served on the law faculties of Harvard, Georgetown, Nebraska, and Seattle Universities. He is a consultant to the Washington State Bar Association as a clinician with legal expertise, and reversing hats, as a consultant to the Washington State Psychological Association as an attorney with clinical expertise. He also consults with counseling services and private practitioners throughout the state.

What You Should Know: Psychopharmacology for Psychologists

CE credits: 3.0

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 63

Location: Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
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Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify three reasons describing how a basic understanding of psychopharmacology can enhance psychology practice.
  2. Participants will be able to name the principle organ of drug metabolism.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least three common side effects of SSRIs.
  4. Participants will be able to identify what percentage of patient with depression reach remission on antidepressant medication.
Program Description:

This program will address why psychologists should have a general and applicable understanding of psychopharmacology. In pursuit of this goal the presentation will cover topics including: basic psychopharmacology; a review of common psychotropic medications for disorders including mood disorders, anxiety, and insomnia; understanding medical culture and terminology; strategies for communicating effectively with prescribing providers; and other must-know tips and pearls about the medications our patients are taking.

About the Presenter, David S. Shearer, Ph.D., M.S.:

David S. Shearer, Ph.D., M.S. is a clinical and prescribing psychologist working as a civilian at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) in Tacoma, Washington. He is embedded in a large family practice clinic and has been actively prescribing for the past nine years. Dr. Shearer is the Director of Behavioral Sciences and a faculty member for the Department of Family Medicine Residency Program at MAMC. He is a faculty member of the Army Psychology Internship Program also at Madigan. Research interests include psychopharmacology education and the combination of psychological and psychopharmacological treatments.

Full Day - Both Courses
Early Bird
5% discount
ends Mar. 25
Regular Pricing
starts Mar.26
Ends Apr. 14
Late Pricing
starts Apr.15
Non-Member 164.05 175.00 193.00
Basic Member 156.40 167.00 184.00
Premium Member 140.25 150.00 165.00
Platinum Member 140.25 150.00 165.00
Post Doc/Retired/Emeritus Member 126.65 135.00 149.00
Post Grad 95.00 100.00 110.00
Member Student 56.10 60.00 66.00
Half Day - One Course
Early Bird
5% discount
ends Mar. 25
Regular Pricing
starts Mar.26
Ends Apr. 14
Late Pricing
starts Apr.15
Non-Member 114.75 123.00 135.00
Basic Member 109.65 117.00 129.00
Premium Member 99.75 105.00 116.00
Platinum Member 99.75 105.00 116.00
Post Doc/Retired/Emeritus Member 89.25 95.00 105.00
Post Grad 66.50 70.00 77.00
Member Student 39.10 42.00 46.20


Cancellation policies

  • WSPA now offers event cancellation insurance at the time of CE ticket purchase.  You can view more information about this policy and what qualifies for a refund here.

  • During early bird registration period 100% refund of registration

  • During regular registration period a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed for full day pricing, $25 cancellation fee for half day pricing

  • During late registration period no fees will be refunded. Circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis if a refund is possible during this time

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Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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