Complex Ethics Cases in Therapy: Risk Management Implications and Interventions

Presented by Frederic G. Reamer, PhD on 04-28-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

As our world becomes more complicated so do ethical dilemmas, especially in the field of mental health. Risk management, professional conflicts, and boundary issues now involve digital data and online communication. As a result, clinicians want to move beyond introductory ethics concepts and explore difficult cases that involve contemporary scenarios and their outcomes.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Frederic Reamer will provide attendees with an in-depth examination of compelling ethics cases in therapy involving conflicting professional duties, risk management, and interventions. Attendees will learn practical steps clinicians can take to manage ethical issues skillfully while being aware of relevant ethical standards, including statutes, regulations, and case law.

Attendees will also learn strategies designed to protect individuals in therapy as well as practitioners. Key topics will include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, clients’ rights, documentation, use of technology in clinical work, termination of services, and impaired professionals. In addition, Dr. Reamer will discuss ethics cases relating to supervision and consultation.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify key ethics risk areas and their interventions.
  2. Apply risk management strategies for electronic communication and web-based therapy.
  3. Describe termination guidelines that serve to protect clients and minimize risk.
  4. Create a social media policy that protects the clinician and individuals in therapy.
  5. Explain the ethical challenges of web-based therapy, including self-guided interventions.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within legal, ethical, and professional development. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD has been a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College for over 30 years. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer received his PhD from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker and administrator in correctional and mental health settings.

Dr. Reamer has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of social work and received the Excellence in Ethics Award from the National Association of Social Workers in 2016. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University, Simmons College, and Smith College. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force that wrote the current Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers. 

Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has been an essayist, host, commentator, and producer on several NPR and PBS programs. He has published 20 books and more than 125 journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Reamer’s most recent books include: 

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • ace
    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.