Cutting-Edge Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy

Presented by Frederic Reamer, PhD on 10-21-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

The field of psychotherapy is already complex and the ethical issues that mental health clinicians face change with the times. Standard ethics topics include boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, privileged communication, the ethical implications of digital technology, informed consent, clients’ rights, termination of services, and impaired professionals, but how do therapists use textbook strategies to meet today’s cutting-edge challenges?

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Frederic Reamer will move beyond introductory ethics concepts and explore difficult cases with practical strategies designed to protect individuals in therapy and clinicians. Dr. Reamer will share challenging ethics cases involving conflicting professional duties and discuss practical steps that professionals can take to manage ethical issues skillfully.  

Dr. Reamer will discuss relevant ethical standards involving supervision and consultation as well as those relating to statutes, regulations, and case law. He will also focus on complex documentation issues while addressing ways to prevent ethics-related complaints, malpractice, and lawsuits.   

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

  1. Identify challenging ethical issues and dilemmas in psychotherapy.
  2. Apply practical ethical decision-making frameworks and protocols.
  3. Recognize ethical issues that pose malpractice and liability risks.
  4. Summarize relevant statutes, regulations, case law, and ethical standards.
  5. Design strategies to protect clients and practitioners.

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Event Reviews from Members

Dr. Reamer's clear understanding and comprehension of the 'in the trenches' challenges clinicians face in current times was very apparent. The examples he was able to offer from direct experience also gave his presentation gravitas. I doubt anyone listening didn't have at least one “that could happen to me" moment from hearing those real-world cases. - Geoffrey Bullock, LCSW

Listening to this Ethics Webinar has me becoming much more interested in the topic of Ethics than I ever had before. Dr. Reamer presented the material in a very exciting and interesting way that I have not heard by other ethics teachers. I would not hesitate a second to listen to Dr. Reamer again. - Jeanne Reina, MA, LMHC

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. 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. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., 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.

To receive CE credit hours for an archived event, you will need to complete a survey as well as a 12 or 15-question exam, verifying that you listened to or watched the event in its entirety. Archived CE events generally are considered "homestudy" by licensing boards.

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Meet the Presenter

Frederic Reamer, PhD

Frederic 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 was most recently given the Excellence in Ethics Award from the National Association of Social Workers this past year. 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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  •, 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.
  •, 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.

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