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Managing Situations We’d Rather Avoid: An introduction to responding to and working with lawyers, police, investigators, and the Courts.

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT

Psychological practice invariably leads to encounters with third parties and organizations requesting access to our work: From a client requesting a simple treatment summary letter, to a lawyer’s request for a copy of a clinical file and even a subpoena to appear in Court. Most of us practice with the hopes of avoiding these types of situations—leaving us ill prepared to respond to them when they do and potentially exposing us to professional disciplinary action.

In this presentation, a forensic psychologist leads an interactive discussion of how to respond when faced with situations that make us uncomfortable and presents helpful strategies for successfully thinking your way through these requests. Discussion of clinical risks and actions that may lead to professional complaints and discipline will be considered. Real practice examples of good, bad, and even ugly responses will be presented and discussed, and participants will have opportunities to submit questions regarding situations that they have encountered for further discussion.

Intended Audience

This presentation is designed for Registered Psychologists, Provisionally Registered Psychologists, Students, and mental health professionals with little to no interest in forensic practice, and for those who are interested but have little to no experience.

Learning Objective

1. Learn about Standards of Practice, Alberta legislation, and case law relevant to their practice.
2. Increase their awareness of risk management strategies in psychological practice.
3. Understand the nature—and limits—of legal authority related to a psychologist’s files.
4. Engage in discussion of helpful do’s and don’ts of responding to client and third-party requests.

Format and Schedule

In Person 

9-12 PM: Session 1

12-1 PM: Lunch 

1-4 PM: Session 2 


Dr. Terry Singh

Dr. Terry Singh is a Registered Psychologist at Alberta Forensic Psychology who practises primarily in the areas of forensic and clinical psychology. His areas of special interest include conducting complex assessments, working with high-conflict families, consideration of cultural factors in psychological practice, and the treatment of severe and persistent psychopathology.

He currently serves on the boards of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Family Psychology section, the American Board of Professional Psychology’s Couple and Family section, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He has served as an international trainer on the topic of child custody evaluations, and has made a habit of publishing regularly and presenting annually at conferences regarding forensic and clinical issues.

CE Credits

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for six (6.0) hours of CE Credit. Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits. PAA maintains responsibility for the program.

Credits: 6.0

Cancellation and Refunds

Cancellation and refunds may be applied for by email or phone call to the PAA Membership Officer. Cancellations received fourteen (14) days prior to the Continuing Professional Development activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a $35.00 + GST processing fee. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full refund of the registration fee will be provided.

PAA is proud to partner up with AFCC for this workshop! 


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Managing Situations We’d Rather Avoid-20092024
$ 450.00
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September 20
9:00 am - 4:00 pm MDT


Edmonton, Alberta Canada + Google Map