Online Course » Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychotherapy

Course Description:
Four experts discuss such topics as how to reason out clinical and ethical dilemmas using the principle of the best interest of the client as the primary principle, self-disclosure in the therapeutic relationship, personal involvement with patients and/or their families, and boundary violations. You can read the text of these interviews and/or access the audio to the interviews via your computer's MP3 player.
Course Objective:
Upon completing this program, you should be able to:
  • Describe how to make ethical decisions in practice:
  • Explain the importance professional ethics codes;
  • Discuss therapeutic self-disclosure; and
  • Identify and resolve key issues regarding boundaries.
Author Bio:
Barbara Alexander, LCSW, BCD, founder and president of On Good Authority, interviews four experts: • Kathleen Murphy, PhD, who received her PhD in social work from the University of Illinois, Jane Addams School of Social Work, in 1988. In addition to her private practice and her workshops on ethical issues, Dr. Murphy has published on the topics of homecare with families and addictions. • George Stricker, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Argosy University, Arlington, VA, after having retired as Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology in the Derner Institute, Adelphi University, New York. His resume lists a lifetime of educational research and editorial activities, authorship and co-authorship of more than thirty books, thirty-two chapters, and one hundred articles, plus numerous professional presentations. His book, Self-Disclosure in the Therapeutic Relationship, is the basis of his interview. • Sandra Nye, MSW, JD, received her law degree from De Paul and her MSW from the Loyola University School of Social Work. She has taught at the University of Illinois’s Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine in Chicago, Northwestern University Medical School, and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and is a highly sought after lecturer, writer, and consultant. • Barbara Herlihy, PhD, is a national board certified counselor and a Texas licensed professional counselor. She is the author of over 30 articles and co-author of four books on counselor ethics, including Boundary Issues in Counseling: Multiple Roles and Responsibilities, and the American Counseling Association’s Ethical Standards Casebook, both with Gerald Corey. She has chaired the ethics committee of the American Counseling Association and is a nationally recognized speaker and presenter of ethics seminars and workshops across the United States.
American Psychological Association - view details
Association of Social Work Boards - view details
California Board of Registered Nursing - view details
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) - view details
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) - view details
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists - view details

Order Online Course

Unit Price

Other Courses You May Be Interested In

Ethics: Confidentiality
Frederic Reamer, PhD, discusses ethical guidelines pertaining to privacy and confidentiality and recommends specific actions for therapists to take to protect clients from disclosure and therapists from potential licensing board complaints or malpractice lawsuits. Dr. Reamer also offers clinicians a series of steps to take when they face an ethical ...

Ethical and Legal Issues: Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Helene Snyder, JD, discusses the specific legal duties that are imposed on mental health professionals regarding the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect. She also discusses proper record keeping procedures. A course addendum provides references to federal and state statutes throughout the US.

Ethics: Termination of Psychotherapy
In this interview, Denise Davis, PhD, identifies five types of terminations and discusses how clinicians can end therapy responsibly, even when conditions are challenging. She discusses how to handle pitfalls in the process and presents a number of essential steps for negotiating a clinically and ethically sound termination. You can read the text o ...

Ethics and Risk Management: E-mail Communication - Issues for Mental Health Counselors
The authors discuss both the positive use of electronic communication and the need to address fundamental counseling issues that arise in using it. The article examines the AMHCA and ACA ethical codes for the use of technology in the counseling relationship.

Ethics: Nine Ethical Values of Master Therapists
Making the best ethical decisions can be challenging given the multitude of complex ethical situations that arise in practice. This program examines the ethical values that ten master therapists draw upon in their work.

Forgot Password help button image Create Account