This presentation will review the clinical and ethical complexities of therapeutic boundaries, such as self-disclosure, physical touch, gifts, bartering, telehealth (e-therapy), jointly engaging in activities outside the office (i.e., home visits, attending a wedding, hospital visits, or adventure therapy), length and place of sessions, and various forms of dual or multiple relationships. Also to be discussed: modern-day digital and virtual therapeutic challenges, such as telehealth or e-therapy, the appropriate use of e-mail in therapy, therapists Googling their clients, clients Googling their therapists, and clients receiving and sending cell phone messages and texts during sessions. Special attention will be given to dual relationships in small communities, such as church, LGBT, minorities, rural, disabled, etc. The presentation will also cover issues of standard of care, risk management, and ethical decision-making. Therapists will be able to participate in discussions and pose question and ideas during the conference. The hope is that therapists will learn how to operate ethically and with clinical integrity rather than fear and trepidation.
Ofer Zur, PhD
Ofer Zur, PhD is a licensed psychologist and forensic consultant practicing in Sonoma, CA, a fellow of American Psychological Association (APA), Div. 42. He is the director of the Zur Institute, which offers over 100 online courses and is one of the most extensive online CE programs for psychologists, counselors, social workers, MFTs, and nurses. His teaching, consulting with therapists, and writing focus on private practice outside managed care, ethics, standard of care, boundaries, dual relationships, and internet addiction. His books include Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy (Springer, 2002, co-edited with A. Lazarus), HIPPA Friendly (Norton, 2005), Private Practice Handbook (ZI, 2007), and Boundaries in Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2007). Dr. Zur is deeply concerned about the harm inflicted by dogmatic, inflexible, and ideologically rigid psychotherapeutic practices. His website at www.zurinstitute.com provides dozens of free articles and guidelines for psychotherapists and the public.
1.5 CE credits will be provided for attending this teleconference in its entirety. GoodTherapy.org is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
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