Clarifying Boundaries in 21st-Century Practice
MARY JO BARRETT & LINDA STONE FISH
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.