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Ethical Issues if Retiring, Moving, or Closing a Practice

Date - Monday, August 9, 2021
10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Zoom Interactive Workshop [1]

CE Credits: 2
Price: $ 60

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Retiring, Moving, or Closing a Practice:
Ethical & Practical Considerations

A ZOOM Interactive Workshop led by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist,
Executive Director of the Center for Ethical Practice



I. Ethical Standards re: Termination or Relocation

II. Legal Regulations & Legally-Binding Contracts
      A. Virginia Laws Re: Termination, Record Retention, Relocation
      B. HIPAA
      C. Managed Care Contracts & Other Third-Party Contracts

III.  Professional Recommendations
       A. Koocher (2003). “Ethical & Legal Issues in Professional Practice Transitions”
       B. Manosevitz & Hays (2003). “Relocating Your Psychotherapy Practice”
       C. Thomas (2015). “Closing a Practice: Practical, Ethical, & Clinical Dimensions
       D. APA (2005). “Checklist for Closing a Practice”
       E. Holloway (2003). “Shutting Down a Practice”
       F. Fisher (2005). Sample Professional Will #1
       G. San Diego Psychological Associates (nd). Sample Professional Will #2

IV. References & Resources



APA Ethics Code (2017) [4]

NASW Ethics Code (2017) [5]

ACA Ethics Code (2014) [6]


Learning Objectives:

  1. List some of the ethical issues that might arise when retiring, relocating, or closing a practice.

  2. List some of the state or federal legal regulations that might apply if you retire or relocate.

  3. Name some ethical and clinical considerations that require advance planning about closing a clinical practice.


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