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Online Training – Expressive Therapies and Ethical Considerations

March 13 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am -12:00pm (ET) $109, 3 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Dee Preston-Dillon, PhD Virtual Event,

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There are four essential elements for psychotherapeutic practice; 1. The person of the therapist, their attitude, knowledge, and competencies, 2. Understanding theory – how we conceptualize the process, 3. how we respond, including transference, countertransference, collaboration and innovation-in-the-moment, and 4. ethics principles and codes that guide all three components.

This session will focus on the therapist’s scope of practice for expressive therapies. We will examine ethical considerations for expressive therapies. Examples will be given for challenges and positive aspects of being inventive when using symbols, metaphors, poetics, active imagination, projective techniques, and sand therapies. Special attention will be given regarding caution with invention, interpretation, concretization, reification, and appropriation regarding cultural representations.

Questions to ground this session will include:

  • What are three aspects of psychotherapy that are guided by scope of practice?
  • What are three competencies relevant for a therapist’s scope of practice when using creative therapies?
  • What are three challenges across mental health disciplines that disrupt training and support regarding competencies and discernment of scope of practice?

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe three aspects of psychotherapy that are guided by scope of practice.
  • Describe three competencies relevant for a therapist’s scope of practice when using creative/expressive therapies.
  • State three challenges across mental health disciplines that limit awareness, clarity, and support for therapists regarding the ethics of scope of practice.
  • Explain three creative interventions, the function of projection, and the implications for scope of practice.


8:45 — 9:45 am  

  • Powerpoint – define ethical scope, related competencies, problems, bridging core ideas with practice, examples from poetics, symbol activation, fairytales, participant questions

9:45 — 9:53 am     BREAK

9:53 — 10:53 am  

  • Case examples, participant exploration, picture imagery, metaphor, doll house, sand scenes, participant questions 

10:53 — 11:00 am   BREAK

11:00 — 12:00 pm  

  • Examine role of the therapist to stay within scope and utilize spontaneity, immediacy, innovation, group experiential, participant questions and course evaluations

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Registration for each workshop closes one day before the workshop date.

If you want to sign up for this course and missed the registration deadline, please don’t worry. You can still contact Gerri Baum at gerrib@theferentzinstitute.com or call 410-409-7061 to inquire about joining the class. We will do our best to accommodate you. We appreciate your interest in our workshops and look forward to seeing you soon!

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan and Texas.  If your state is not among this list, we encourage you to check with your state licensing board to see if they will grant reciprocity.
The Institute maintains full responsibility for all programming. In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.
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