In the popular HBO series “The Sopranos,” mob boss Tony Soprano suffers from depression and anxiety and seeks out psychotherapy from Dr. Melfi. What ensues is a fascinating study in their therapeutic alliance replete with deviations in the standard of care, boundary violations, breaches in confidentiality, transference and counter-transference, and other issues that test the limits of ethical practice.
In this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to process a variety of film clips from “The Sopranos,” exploring the ethical issues that arise, while simultaneously using the NASW Code of Ethics and COMAR rulings to assess for deviations in the standard of care. Common ethical concerns related to conflict of interest, use of self-disclosure, limit-setting, and the testing of boundaries, clinical decisions that undermine efficacy and objectivity, as well as appropriate guidelines for termination will be explored.
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 4:00 TBA