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Confidentiality and privacy issues for psychologists who work in schools

Event number: 18855
1.5 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD
Presenter(s): Dr Monica Thielking/Sophie Robinson
Please note: the registration to this webinar has now closed.

This will be an 'in conversation' style webinar between a lawyer with expertise in child and adolescent safety and protection, and a psychologist with extensive experience working in schools and with children and young people.  Through case studies they will explore the complexities of the interface between a school's duty of care obligations, legislative framework, psychologist professional and ethical obligations and psychologist employment obligations.

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge about the ways in which privacy law applies and is implemented in schools and by a school psychologist contracting entity, for example a private provider.
  • Understand the responsibilities and obligations of school-employed and contracted psychologists in regard to file management and privacy law in the school setting.
  • Understand the interface of privacy law, a school's duty of care and the limits of a school-employed and contracted psychologist's duty of care.
  • Understand the relationship between the APS Code of Ethics, the legal obligations of schools and the legal obligations of a school psychologist contracting entity.

The 4 webinars on the topic of  School psychology, ethics and the law are: 

  • Ethical challenges for school psychologists and problem solving models for ethical dilemmas: Thursday 3 August 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST
  • Confidentiality and privacy issues for psychologists who work in schools:  Thursday 17 August 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST
  • Negotiating the legal frameworks that apply to schools and school psychology; what every psychologist should know:  Thursday 31 August 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST
  • Best practice case notes and report writing to address legal issues and risks for school psychologists: Thursday 14 September 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST


 For over ten years Dr Monica Thielking worked in Melbourne secondary schools, first as a youth worker; then careers counsellor; and finally as a school psychologist after completing a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology researching issues associated with the role of school psychologists. In 2006, she joined the Australian Psychological Society as the National Advisor to Psychologists in Schools where she provided ethical and professional guidance to school psychologists Australia-wide, developed landmark resources to support their work, and chaired the APS National School Psychology Reference Group. In 2010, Monica began an academic career at Swinburne University, teaching and researching issues related to school psychology, homelessness, marginalised youth, education equity and ethical psychological practice. In 2011, Monica founded and convened the APS Psychologists in Schools Interest Group, quickly growing to over 500 members in the first year of operation. Monica has just recently co-edited the Handbook of Australian School Psychology: Integrating International Research, Practice, and Policy with Springer, in which many Australian school psychologists co-author chapters. Her work, over the years, has had significant national impact on government policy, school psychology, and the delivery of homelessness, forensic and welfare services. 

Sophie Robinson is currently a Senior Advisor (Policy and Legal) with the Australian Psychological Society.  Sophie is admitted to practice as a lawyer.  She has more than 20 years in Senior Policy and Legal roles, including as a Policy Analyst employed by the Victorian Government in the former Department of Human Services, where she was part of the team responsible for legislative reform to the child protection program. Sophie has developed an extensive knowledge of the law and practice relevant to child protection.

Sophie's current role with the APS involves advocating for the profession of psychology by identifying and critically analysing government initiatives, policy and proposed and current legislation that impact on the profession of psychology and access by the community to psychological support services.


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  • Windows 7-10; or MacOS X 10.9 (Mavericks) - 10.11 (El Capitan)
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  • 1Mbps Internet connection or better (broadband internet connection recommended)
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  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2 and up (latest version preferred)
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REGISTER FOR ALL FOUR (and receive a substancial discount)


Start date: 17/8/2017
End date: 17/8/2017
Time: 7.00 - 8.30 pm AEST


APS Member: $80
APS Non Member: $120


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