127 – The Ethical Dilemmas No One Talks About

Clarifying Boundaries in 21st-Century Practice

The ethical rules for therapists used to be straightforward and unambiguous: no gifts, no dual relationships, no out-of-session contact, and of course, no sex. But the ease of digital connection and the shift in our profession’s norms have introduced new questions about professional boundaries many of us are unprepared for. How exactly do we manage relationships through email, texting, Facebook, and social media? Should we Google clients before our first session? How do we deal with rating sites like Healthgrades? In this workshop, we’ll explore ethical dilemmas, old and new, including:

  • How to set the ground rules for therapy that establish norms for transparency and client empowerment from the very first contact
  • The do’s and don’ts of therapist self-disclosure and participating in client celebrations and ritual occasions
  • How to maintain our energy to ensure we make wise ethical decisions

Note: This workshop fulfills many state-board requirements for training in ethics and risk management.

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, Executive Director and Founder, The Center for Contextual Change.  Creator of The Collaborative Change Model; A Meta Model for the Treatment of Complex Trauma.  Co-author of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change.

Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University, is the author of Nurturing Queer Youth.

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408/508 – Ethics Made Fun

A Game Show Approach

We all want to do what’s ethical, but slogging through most ethics courses can be a tiresome bore. Not this time! This workshop (back by popular demand) features a game show that we promise will be entertaining, engaging, and high-spirited. Participants will be divided into teams and equipped with electronic remotes for shooting answers to a computer-generated scoring system. Along the way, you’ll explore some of the most perplexing legal and ethical quandaries, including:

  • Aspirational ethics, insurance fraud, treatment mandates, advertising, and duty to treat
  • Informed consent, confidentiality, court records, dual relationships, duty to warn, confidentiality, informed consent and malpractice
  • Child abuse, statutory rape, suicide, duty to warn, and scope of practice

Continued with workshop 508.

NOTE: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in ethics and risk management. It repeats the game show format used in previous years.

Clifton Mitchell, PhD, is an international clinical trainer with over 24 years of training experience. He’s a professor at East Tennessee State University and the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients.

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