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In-Person Training – Treat or Terminate? Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice

April 12 Registration & Breakfast 8:15 am; Training 8:45 am - 12:00 pm (EST) $129, 3 Ethics CEUs Presenter: Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA Hilton Garden Inn, 4770 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, 21117 + Google Map

Many clinicians are faced with crossroad moments in treatment, when for a variety of reasons, they must decide if they are going to continue working with a client or terminate by referring or transferring them out. We will look at the Code of Ethics for guidance as it relates to issues of termination, therapist safety, and best practices.  We will also process the 5 distinct types of termination that can occur in the therapeutic relationship. With that as a didactic underpinning, participants will work collaboratively to discuss a number of case scenarios that present ethical dilemmas and raise the question of whether or not to continue treating versus terminating. Issues including working with treatment resistant depression, involuntary clients, addressing unrelenting self-destructive behavior, disagreements related to medication, boundary violations, working with narcissistic clients, and addressing issues related to traumatic transference will be explored.

Registration for this 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 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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the Code of Ethics guidelines regarding the clinical justification for terminating a client.
  2. Identify the 5 types of possible termination processes that occur in the client-therapist relationship.
  3. Explain why a planned termination is the most desirable and clinically beneficial to the client.
  4. Explore at least four different case scenarios that pose ethical dilemmas for clinicians and clinically justify either terminating or continuing to treat the client.


12:45-1:45 pm

  • Examining mental health Code of Ethics regarding termination, therapist safety, duty to inform, and standards of care.
  • Identifying the 5 types of possible termination in the therapeutic relationship.


  • Processing case scenarios with colleagues to address “crossroad” moments in treatment: treatment resistant depression, medication issues.

2:30-2:45    BREAK


  • Case scenarios continued: working with self-destructive behavior, texting, the narcissistic client, issues of transference
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