AzPA CE Presentation: Risk Management, Ethics and Professional Liability (Malpractice) Insurance

April 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Risk Management, Ethics and Professional Liability (Malpractice) Insurance

Presented By: Faren Akins, PhD, JD, Daniel O. Taube, JD, PhD and Melissa Flint, PsyD

Event Schedule
11:45 - 12:00 Check-in
12:00 - 1:30 pm CE Program 

Program Description
This workshop is formatted as a Question and Answer program discussing malpractice insurance questions of interest to psychologists and other mental health professionals. In addition, the program will cover brief practice management rules and responsibilities. Example questions to be addressed include:

  • What factors should you consider in deciding upon how much insurance to purchase?
  • If your employer offers insurance is that sufficient or do you need something more?
  • Does the practitioner get to pick the attorney who will defend or is that determined by the insurance company?
  • What’s the difference between coverage for getting sued versus coverage to pay cost of legal fees to defend against a Board complaint?
  • What is tort coverage versus complaint defense coverage?
  • What is a “claims made” policy versus an “occurrence” policy?
  • What is a single claim maximum versus an aggregate maximum?
  • Are there potential problems to watch out for if you change insurance companies?
  • What is an insurance “tail” and when might you need one?
  • What happens to your coverage if/when you retire?

Program Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors

Learning Objectives
1. Explain the difference between a “claims made” policy versus an “occurrence” policy.
2. Describe what is meant by an insurance “tail” and when might you need one. 
3. Identify 3 or more factors you should consider when deciding how much insurance you may need. 
4. Describe 3 or more differences in the type and extent of coverage commonly available in the insurance market.

CE Credits
1.5 credit hours will be available
This presentation is intended to qualify for Ethics credit, however final determination is made by the Arizona BoPE. 

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



$30.00 AzPA Full Member

$11.25 AzPA Student/Postdoc/Retired Member

$60.00 Non-member Professionals

$22.50 Non-Member Student/Postdoc/Retired