December 8, 2020

105 - The Ethical Dilemmas in Today's Therapy

Clarifying Boundaries

The ethical rules for therapists used to be straightforward and unambiguous: no gifts, no dual relationships, and no out-of-session contact. But with the ease of virtual connection and the many ways in which the current tumult of politics and societal foment makes its way into therapy and challenges our boundaries, shifts in our profession’s norms have introduced new questions about professional boundaries. In this workshop, you’ll explore:

  • The impact of these times on therapists, and how fatigue and dysregulation affects ethical decision-making
  • How to establish norms for transparency and client empowerment
  • The do’s and don’ts of therapist self-disclosure
  • How to handle ever-shifting online and social media boundaries with clients
  • Best methods for dealing with ethical decisions when considering virtual vs in-person support

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change and the coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and The Systemic Treatment of Incest.

Note: This is workshop is live. It also fulfills many state board requirements for training in cultural competency.

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