A New Ethical Frontier for Therapists
Clients bring all kinds of ethical dilemmas into therapy: to remain in an affair or end it, to cut off or stay connected to difficult family members, to tell the truth or lie to avoid hurting someone—the list is long. But because we’ve been taught to be “neutral” and avoid values-based conversations, we’re often silent rather than helpful in these scenarios. In addition to showing how to do “ethical consultations” on personal matters, this workshop will delve into a new frontier for therapists—how to create a space for conversations about the public and political stresses that are affecting so many of our clients. You’ll discover:
- The new psychology of how emotion affects ethical beliefs, and how it can benefit your clients
- Practical strategies for helping clients who present with ethical dilemmas, including constructively challenging actions that negatively affect others
- New ways to address political stress in today’s clients and to think about the role of clients—and therapists—as citizens of wider communities
Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in ethics and risk management.
William Doherty, PhD, is director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota, coauthor of Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce, and cofounder of Better Angels, an initiative to depolarize America.