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(NEW) The Slippery Slope of Clinical Practice: Processing Ethical Scenarios

October 28 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169, 6 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C DAPA Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Even the most seasoned clinicians can be faced with moments in therapy that create feelings of confusion or disequilibrium because the therapeutic dynamics or potential decisions we are asked to make can put us on an ethical “slippery slope.” In this workshop we will use actual case examples to process and explore some of those challenges. These cases will highlight issues including: navigating gift giving; the blurring and testing of a variety of boundaries; clients’ subtle requests for a dual relationship; well-intentioned interventions that become enabling; counter-transferential reactions to clients’ narratives and experiences; the use of self-disclosure; transferring and terminating clients prematurely or inappropriately. Special attention will also be paid to therapy dynamics that inadvertently and unethically re-enact trauma.—

Participants will also be invited to present their own examples of cases that proved to be ethically challenging as well. As these scenarios are discussed the presenter will weave in the code of ethics from various professional mental health Boards. This workshop meets all ETHICS requirements.

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Learning Objectives

  • Describe the ethical parameters of the client-therapist relationship and the red flags that represent the blurring of boundaries.
  • Identify at least three examples of client-therapist interactions that re-enact family of origin trauma dynamics.
  • Describe at least three counter-transferential reactions that put therapists on an ethical “slippery slope.”
  • Explain the clinical rationale for ethically using self-disclosure in therapy.
  • Identify the ethical grounds for transferal and termination.


8:45 — 9:00 am

  • Setting the stage for a conversation about ethics

9:00 — 10:30 am

  • Case Studies and code of ethics
  • Gift -giving, boundaries, dual relationships

10:30 — 10:40 am   BREAK

10:40 — 12:00

  • Case Studies and code of ethic
  • Counter-transference, re-enacting trauma, enabling

12:00 — 1:00 pm    LUNCH

1:00 — 2:30 pm

  • Case Studies and code of ethics
  • Transferrals and termination, self-disclosure, boundaries

2:30 — 2:40 pm   BREAK

2:40 — 4:00 pm

  • Case Studies and code of ethics
  • Clinical disagreements, counter-transference
  • Processing participants’ cases
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