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Ethics: A Practical Approach to Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Making Decisions, Bypassing Blunders, and Mending Fences

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Credit Value: 2
Exam Questions: 20
Passing Grade: 15 correct
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Course Description:

This course is based on an article by Pope and Keith-Spiegel that reviews the benefits and potentials problems involved in crossing boundaries with clients.  According to the abstract, “Nonsexual boundary crossings can enrich psychotherapy, serve the treatment plan and strengthen the therapist-client working relationship.  They [nonsexual boundary crossings] can also undermine the therapy, disrupt the therapist-patient alliance, and cause harm to clients.”

 

The article makes an important distinction between boundary crossings and boundary violations.  It delineates how a clinician should make decisions related to boundary issues in a sound and ethical manner.  It provides a 9 step process that helps a clinician decide whether or not to cross a boundary in therapy.  The article also describes in detail common cognitive errors in boundary decision-making.  The article also outlines steps to take when a boundary crossing has had negative effects.

 

This course serves as an excellent resource for mental health professionals who require continuing education in the subject of ethics.  It helps to build clinical skills in decision making within the therapeutic context as a means to earn CEUs. 

 

Psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists can benefit from this course and earn continuing education credits. This course may also be helpful for other practitioners, such as midwives and dieticians and nutritionists who may also need CEs in ethics and want a framework for ethical decision making with clients.

This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to learn more about ethics, boundaries and ethical decision making.  It is also a good resource for licensed professionals who need continuing education.  .

Author: Pope, K. & Keith-Spiegel, P.  – Get Article Here

Learning Objectives:  This course will provide a professional with detailed information about ethics and boundaries in psychotherapy.  Specifically, a professional will:

·     Distinguish between boundary crossings that may be therapeutic and boundary violations that cause harm to clients.

·     Identify steps in making ethical boundary decisions.

·     Identify specific steps to be used when a boundary crossing has negative effects.

 

Citation:  Pope, K. & Keith-Spiegel, P. (2008).  A Practical Approach to Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Making Decisions, Bypassing Blunders, and Mending Fences.  This is a reprint of an article was published in Journal Of Clincial Psychology, 2008, vol. 64, #5, pages 638-652.  Retrieved from:  http://kspope.com/ethics/boundary.php

 

 

 

 

 

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