Course: Risk Management Rounds: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2nd Edition
Author: Rosemary Gafner and James Schutte
AMA PRA Category 1 credits: 5
Estimated Hours to Complete Course: 4.50
Estimated Minutes to Complete Test: 30
Course Release Date: 11/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Liability issues for child and adolescent psychiatrists.

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Risk Management Rounds
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2nd Edition


The liability issues confronting child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs) are even more challenging than those of general psychiatrists. Because your patients are minors, they cannot consent to treatment and often don’t understand what their therapy is intended to accomplish in the first place. Unlike a pediatrician, however, you cannot freely discuss your findings with the parents or guardian on whom you rely for permission for treatment and to pay your fees. To further complicate matters, the interests of your patient may be adverse to those of the parents, yet there are circumstances in which you may owe a duty to the parents as well as to your patient. For these and other reasons, the risk management issues that a child and adolescent psychiatrist must contend with warrant the special treatment that this course was designed to provide.


Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:

1.  Understand the most common reasons why CAPS get sued for malpractice.
2.  Explain your obligations to maintain patient confidentiality under federal and state laws and list circumstances that would justify your breaching patient confidentiality.
3.  Explain the role of a forensic evaluator, and the importance of remaining neutral and nonpartisan in your testimony.
4.  Understand the medical and legal benefits of conforming to AACAP Practice Parameters when diagnosing and treating your patients.
5.  Use documentation practices that will reduce your liability while improving patient care.
6. Take steps that will reduce the chances of making a medication error.

Target Audience
This course is designed for psychiatrists who treat children and adolescents.


This is a self-study course consisting of text and CME test.  Physicians should read the course content, answer the test questions and submit the answers for scoring.  Those who complete the course with a score of 80 percent or higher will earn a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.


This course was developed by Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. and James E. Schutte, Ph.D.  Their CVs are available at

CME Information

Medical Risk Management, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.  Medical Risk Management, Inc. designates this  enduring material  for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Estimated time to complete this activity: 5 hours.

Commercial Support

This activity was developed solely by Medical Risk Management, Inc. without any commercial support.


Neither Dr. Gafner nor Dr. Schutte have anything to disclose.

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