The first three hours of this workshop will focus on ethical issues that can arise in therapy when treating traumatized clients. We will discuss the professional obligations of mental health providers, along with the Code of Ethics from several Professional Boards. Participants will also learn about the latest amendments to the Code of Ethics that focus on issues related to tele-therapy. The six major legal duties will be processed including: the duty of care; the duty to respect privacy and confidentiality; the duty to inform, warn, and report. Clinical issues related to appropriate record-keeping, self-determination, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, and boundary-setting will be examined. We will also address the process of reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect as well as reporting past abuse that adult clients disclose in therapy. We will trace the process followed by CPS when a report is made and compare the ways in which different jurisdictions handle their investigations. We will also discuss the concept of iatrogenic damage and the impact it can have on clients. Participants will learn about specific red flags that can signify deviations in the standard care and the clinical choices that can put therapists on an ethically slippery slope.
In the second half of the workshop, we will look at issues related to termination, including the reactions that both clients and therapists can have when therapy ends. We will process the five most common types of endings and why some traumatized clients are unable to terminate in a way that brings healthy closure to their work. We will also discuss how to respond when a client discontinues treatment without informing the therapist. In the case of a planned termination, participants will learn about a specific ritual ending that allows both therapist and client to acknowledge and celebrate the successes and gains that have been made.
8:15-8:45 am Registration & Breakfast
10:00-10:07 am Break
11:00-11:08 am Break
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
2:00-2:08 pm Break
3:00-3:07 pm Break