Is it ever appropriate for therapists to maintain relationships with individuals they have counseled after services are terminated? How should therapists respond to unsolicited invitations to be a Facebook "friend" or when learn they are being followed by a client on Twitter? Should clinicians ever disclose personal information about themselves in therapy or conduct Google searches on individuals from their caseload without their knowledge? How should therapists respond to gifts and social invitations from clients, or handle unexpected encounters with them in the local community?  

In this special three-hour ethics web conference, Dr. Frederic Reamer returns to GoodTherapy.org to answer these questions and more. An expert on ethics in the field of mental health, Dr. Reamer will share case studies in their entirety and provide first-hand accounts of his experiences being an expert witness. He will use extensive case material including:

Dr. Reamer will also provide attendees with comprehensive information about more complex boundary issues as well as complicated dual relationship considerations that arise in psychotherapy, especially in the digital age. Participants will learn how to identify unusual ethical dilemmas and respond constructively to protect individuals in therapy, prevent professional malpractice, and avoid liability. 

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

  1. Recognize complex boundary issues and identify unavoidable circumstances. 
  2. Utilize ethical decision-making frameworks and protocols.
  3. Identify specific ethical and boundary issues that pose malpractice and liability risks. 
  4. Apply strategies to protect clients and prevent ethics complaints and lawsuits.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of ethics violation consequences, including licensing board standards and career implications.

GoodTherapy.org members who register for this special three-hour ethics web conference event will be invited to submit their questions about ethics to Dr. Reamer in advance of the live event.

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

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.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Three 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 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.

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.

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Meet the Presenter

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD is a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. 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 2015. 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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