Ethics in Therapy: When Therapists Care Too Much

Presented by Kati Morton, LMFT on 01-06-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Now that technology has integrated itself into every aspect of daily life, clinicians must be vigilant in order to stay ethically sound. As social media platforms provide more ways to connect, communicate, and share, we confront contemporary dilemmas and ethical questions such as:

  • What is considered too much communication between counseling sessions?
  • Can we send clients a quick text to just “check in”? 
  • Can clients follow us on Twitter? 
  • What about using email to communicate outside of sessions? 
  • When are we crossing a boundary from therapist to friend? 

As lines blur and connectivity becomes easier, we need to thoughtfully consider questions such as these and understand how our answers will impact individuals in therapy. 

It is important for clinicians to have an open dialogue in the first session to discuss limits and expectations in the therapeutic relationship. It is easy to assume that individuals seeking therapy understand the counseling process but many have no idea what therapy is supposed to look like, what their rights are, or that there is a standard of care in place to protect them. Boundaries are the clinician’s responsibility and vital to the success of therapy, but what should a clinician do when they are tested?

In this two hour continuing education web conference, Kati Morton, LMFT will discuss a wide range of ethical issues that impact mental health professionals every day. With almost 150,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel and a fan base that readily share their counseling and mental health stories, Kati has been able to develop unique insights that are unavailable to many private practice clinicians. From transference and countertransference to abandonment and termination, Kati’s dynamic presenting style will take the therapy ethics topics out of the textbook and into the real world dilemmas that face the 21st century clinician.

Kati will share her experiences and strategies for balancing social media with private practice while paying attention to constant changes in technology. Attendees will learn strategies to stay aware of ethical ramifications without feeling overwhelmed. Kati will address the ever-changing social media privacy policies and help clinicians understand how to balance their personal privacy with their need for professional development. She will use case vignettes and scenarios to illustrate these ethical challenges and offer helpful steps toward balanced solutions. 

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

  1. Discuss boundary issues associated with social media and communication between counseling sessions. 
  2. Recognize the importance of explaining what individuals in therapy can expect from their clinician and how it impacts the therapeutic relationship and treatment planning process. 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of why clinicians need to attend to their own mental health needs in order to be effective mental health professionals. 
  4. Explain the negative therapeutic consequences when clinicians become complacent.
  5. List strategies to prepare for ethical dilemmas associated with termination, abandonment, and unforeseen absences by clinicians.

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

For additional information about this event or our CE grievance procedures, please contact us here.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits 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 clinical intake and screening, counseling services, and 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.

Registration Information

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

Meet the Presenter

Kati Morton, LMFT

Kati Morton, LMFT

Kati Morton, LMFT holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. In addition, she is a certified dialectical and behavioral therapist and grief counselor and a member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. 

Over the past four and a half years, Kati has leveraged social media to share mental health information worldwide through video. Her specialties include working with individuals experiencing eating disorders and self-harming behaviors, although she addresses all things related to mental health. 

Kati is well known for her YouTube channel which now has almost 150 thousand subscribers, over 10.7 million views, and has grown over 250% in the last year. In addition to her YouTube channel and strong presence on social media, she has appeared on the HLN/CNN television show “Dr. Drew On Call” and showcased in Europe’s highest circulated magazine, Glamour UK. She was also a 2016 Shorty Award finalist as well as a 2016 Streamy nominee. 

Kati’s passion is to increase awareness about mental health. Her online community has expanded to all major internet platforms, allowing her to answer mental health questions from her followers around the world. She hopes by doing this, the global community can push for better services worldwide and remove the stigma associated with getting help.

For more information about Kati and her work, please visit www.katimorton.com and see her YouTube channel here.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • ace
    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.
  • Logo
    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.
  • Logo
    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, 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.