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1 Risk Management for Psychologist Parenting Coordinators Matthew J. Sullivan, Ph.D. APA, 2008

2 Risky Business The Legal/Psychological Hybrid Role Demanding specialized knowledge and skill in legal domains Legal procedure, relevant case law, legal writing Demanding specialized knowledge and skill in psychological domains H-C family systems, child development, etc. Dispute Resolution mediation, settlement processes, arbitration,

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4 Two PC Stories The Santa Clara County experience ( ) A California Psychologist PC (2006-8) Sullivan, M.J., Ethical, Legal and Professional Practice Issues Involved in Practicing as a Psychologist Parent Coordinator in Child Custody Cases, FCR, 42 (3) 2004

5 Multiple Review Agencies Legal Court review Judicial codes Psychological Professional licensing boards Board of consumer affairs Professional organizations APA ethics committee

6 Multiple Standards Legal Grievances, Appeals Legislation Psychological APA Forensic Specialty, APA Ethics, PC standards (forthcoming) AFCC PC guidelines Licensing standards

7 Common areas of Risk Informed Consent Multiple Roles Competence Record Keeping Due process (legal) Impartiality/Bias - procedural, substantive

8 Risk Management for the PC Practitioner Court-sanctioned Role Quasi-judicial immunity Qualified and Competent Consultation Case load, self-care Maximum Liability coverage


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