Right use of power is at the very heart of ethics. We long for, and are capable of using, our personal and professional power with compassion and skill. Many of us have been wounded by misuses of power and by hearing about abuses of power. Ethical issues in therapeutic relationships are rooted in the power dynamics that accompany the power differential between the clinician and the individual in therapy.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Cedar Barstow will focus on the most significant relational impacts of role power difference. Dr. Barstow's presentation will draw from her experience as a psychotherapist, educator, consultant, and Founder and Director of the Right Use of Power Institute (RUPI)--an organization working to create a global culture of peace through vital education in the right use of personal, professional, status, and collective power.

Dr. Barstow will guide attendees through study and exploration involving four gifts of the increased power that accompanies a therapist’s professional role. Dr. Barstow will also describe several related perils or traps of increased power. She will share strategies clinicians can use to mediate the shadow of power. She will also provide guidance on how clincians can stay in their heart while standing in their strength.

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

  1. Describe the distinctions between personal, role, and status power.

  2. Explain four significant impacts of the power differential on clients or students.

  3. List two values or gifts of the increased power that accompanies a therapeutic role.

  4. List two perils or traps of increased role power.

  5. Identify a personal challenge in the use of their own power and a plan to mediate it.

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

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. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 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. 

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.

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Registration Information

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

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Meet the Presenter

Cedar Barstow, MEd, CHT, DPI

Dr. Cedar Barstow, MEd, CHT, DPI is the Founder and Director of Right Use of Power Institute. In this capacity she offers consulting, coaching, and training to individuals and organizations who want to work with power issues and develop power-positive concepts, habits, practices, and resolution and repair procedures. Dr. Barstow also conducts workshops and trainings in the right use of power approach to ethics and trains leaders to teach this approach. 

Dr. Barstow has been an International Therapist and Trainer with the Hakomi Institute since 1989 and an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University. She is the author of Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics: A Guide and Resource for Professional Relationships

Dr. Barstow lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family. To learn more about Right Use of Power Institute, please visit www.rightuseofpower.org.

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