Standard of Care, Risk of Risk Management, and Subsequent Therapist Syndrome

Presented by Ofer Zur, PhD on 07-27-2012 at 9 a.m. Pacific

This unique CE presentation will cover three ethics-related topics:

  1. Dr. Zur will discuss the extremely important construct of the standard of care, which can be most broadly defined as the usual and customary professional standard practice in the community. The standard of care is the yardstick that is used on licensing board investigations and civil malpractice suits against therapists. This presentation will explain that the standard of care is a minimum standard and outline specific ways that psychotherapists can follow to operate within the standard of care.
  2. Dr. Zur will clarify that, unlike what most clinicians have heard in graduate school and many continuing education ethics workshops, the standard of care is not the same as risk management or what people call "defensive medicine." This presentation will help clinicians generate an ethical risk management plan that focuses on the welfare of those in therapy, clinical integrity, as well as protection of the clinician. Dr. Zur will also explain how following commonly preached risk management practices can put therapists in increased risk of licensing boards complaints and lawsuits.
  3. Dr. Zur will explain the newly coined term of the “Subsequent Therapist Syndrome” (STS). This term refers to those circumstances where the subsequent or new psychotherapist may act unethically when providing an "expert opinion" regarding a former therapist's (supposedly) unethical or illegal conduct. These are the cases where the subsequent therapist's evaluation and judgment are solely based on their theoretical bias, rigid view of therapeutic boundaries, and/or the self-report of a person in therapy.

This web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Review the elements that the standard of care in psychotherapy is based on;
  2. Summarize the complexities and problems in establishing the standard of care;
  3. Define and explain boundary crossings and boundary violations in psychotherapy;
  4. Report the origin of and the forces behind risk management;
  5. Define the term Subsequent Therapist Syndrome.

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How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by for attending this Web Conference in its entirety. is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registration Information

This Web Conference is available for free to Members.

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Meet the Presenter

Ofer Zur, PhD

Ofer Zur, PhD

Ofer Zur, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and forensic consultant practicing in Sonoma, CA, and a fellow of the 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, therapist consultations, and writings focus on private practice outside managed care, ethics, standard of care, boundaries, dual relationships, and Internet addiction. Dr. Zur's 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 provides dozens of free articles and guidelines for psychotherapists and the public.

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