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Risk Management

  1. William F. Doverspike

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0800

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Doverspike, W. F. 2010. Risk Management. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Atlanta, GA

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Risk management refers to the basic premise that ethical problems can be prevented and legal liability can be reduced through the use of some commonsense ethical principles. These principles include understanding relevant ethical and legal standards, practicing within one's area of competence, supervising only what one knows, obtaining adequate informed consent, being aware of the risks inherent in child custody evaluations, maintaining clear boundaries with clients, using projective retrospective thinking, consulting with a colleague, documenting decisions in writing, maintaining open communication, and aspiring to excellence (Doverspike, 2008). Good risk management involves putting these principles into practice.


  • psychological therapy;
  • risk management;
  • risk-taking behavior;
  • treatment methods