Course Description

*This complete Online Course includes a PDF of the book, Ethical Risk Management: Guidelines for Practice (Second Edition), and the Final Exam. If you have access to the book and want to purchase the Final Exam only, click here.

Ethical practices and procedures are a necessity in any successful practice. Dr. Doverspike presents a proactive, positive approach to maintaining them. This program demonstrates the basic principles underlying the ethics of professional practice and the concept of risk management; discusses the concept of informed consent; provides guidelines for arriving at ethical decisions; illustrates conflict of interest and sexual misconduct issues; and explains how, if you do receive a complaint, you can best respond ethically to such complaints.

3 ethics & boundary issues CE credits/hours, 30 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Explain basic principles underlying the ethics of professional practice.
  • Describe basic principles underlying the concept of risk management.
  • Discuss basic issues related to the concept of informed consent.
  • Follow decision-making guidelines for arriving at ethical decisions.
  • Present guidelines for responding to complaints and investigations.


  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • PDF Book (downloadable/printable)

  3. 3
    • "Ethical Risk Management: Guidelines for Practice (Second Edition)" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  4. 4
    • Evaluation Questionnarie

About the Presenter

William F. Doverspike, PhD

William F. Doverspike, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and Diplomate in Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABPN).  He is an Adjunct Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, where he teaches professional ethics and legal standards in the clinical psychology doctoral program.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, where he teaches professional ethics, psychopathology, and addictions in the professional counseling program.  Dr. Doverspike is currently a member of the Georgia licensing board for psychologists.  He is a former President of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and has served on the GPA Ethics Committee.  He has authored over 100 articles and chapters on a variety of topics ranging from professional ethics and spirituality to neuropsychology and psychotherapy.  He maintains a private practice at the Atlanta Counseling Center.