Policy and Procedures Concerning Potential Conflict of Interest
As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, Phoenix Wellness Services LLC is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair his or her objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.
Potential Conflicts of Interest in the Planning of Continuing Education
The Continuing Education Coordinator is responsible to identify, declare, and resolve any potential conflict of interest the Phoenix Wellness Services LLC may have in offering any specific program of continuing education. In the event of a potential conflict of interest, the Continuing Education Coordinator will assume responsibility to resolve the potential conflict by addressing the issue with individuals involved and taking active steps to address/rectify any conflict. Phoenix Wellness Services LLC requires that professionals participating in the planning of continuing education identify any potential conflict of interest they may have in the review, selection, development, delivery, or evaluation of that program and disclose the conflict or recuse themselves from any decision-making concerning that program. In the event of a potential conflict of interest, the Continuing Education Coordinator will ensure that the individual recuses him or herself from the planning process.
Potential Conflicts of Interest in the Promotion of Continuing Education
When preparing promotional material for continuing education, Phoenix Wellness Services LLC includes information concerning any financial support, including in-kind support, provided by another party. Phoenix Wellness Services LLC also informs potential participants of any potential conflicts of interest an instructor. If there is no financial support or any potential conflict of interest or commercial support, Phoenix Wellness Services LLC will ensure that is clearly stated in the promotional material. If information about financial support or any potential conflict of interest is not included in the promotional material prepared for continuing education, Phoenix Wellness Services LLC will clearly indicate how a potential participant can secure that information.
Potential Conflicts of Interest in the Delivery of Continuing Education
Phoenix Wellness Services LLC requires that there is a process to clearly describe any financial support for a continuing education program at the time the continuing education program begins. Any other relationship that could be reasonably construed as a conflict of interest will also be
disclosed. If there is no financial support or potential conflict of interest, Phoenix Wellness Services LLC will ensure there is a process (e.g., a designated individual or a slide at the start of the presentation, documentation in materials) to clearly state any potential conflicts at the time
the continuing education program begins.