The days of the aloof, blank-screen therapist are over.

Increasingly, the pervasive informality of our times is challenging traditional boundaries in the therapeutic relationship. And the digital revolution continues to transform basic ideas of when “office hours” end and where sessions take place. As a result, many therapists are finding the ethical standards for our profession increasingly fuzzy.

That’s why we’ve put together a video series featuring 6 lively conversations on the emerging ethical challenges therapists are facing today and what you need to know to protect yourself in the new practice environment of the 21st century.

Ethics in an Age of Informality is a fun, engaging way to meet your CE requirement and an invaluable tool for learning how to navigate through ethical “gray areas” so numerous and ill-defined that you can stumble into trouble without even realizing it.

Ethics in an Age of Informality:
Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

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Get the insight, tools, and strategies you need to be ethically sound in all areas of your clinical practice. Here are just a few of the things covered in the Ethics in an Age of Informality online video series:

  • How to handle the new ethical issues that digital communications have introduced into our field
  • The do's and don'ts of therapist self-disclosure, dual relationships, client gift-giving, and participation in social occasions with clients outside the office
  • How documentation, clinical supervision, and peer support are essential to protecting yourself and your practice
  • Why self-care is such an important part of ethical practice
  • The latest developments in the ethical and legal standards, including DSM-5 changes, you need to understand in order to practice safely and effectively

Zero In On Solutions to Today's Ethical Challenges
With These Leading Experts

Countertransference: Probing the Heart of Our Ethical Dilemmas
Lisa Ferentz, L.C.S.W.

Using clips from the HBO series In Treatment, examine the elements that can lead to boundary violations in the therapy relationship and explore:

• The dangers of working with clients when you’re emotionally stressed
• How to avoid inappropriate self-disclosure
• How to respond to seductive client communication
• The issues around seeing clients in your home, including the impact of having family pictures and personal objects in view

Lisa Ferentz is the president and founder of The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Inc.

Beyond Good Intentions: Positive Ethics with Difficult Clients
Mitchell Handelsman, Ph.D.

Explore the principles of ethical excellence and how to bring the highest standards to your practice by:

• Defining positive ethics and the strategies of ethical acculturation
• Using BANJO as an acronym for foundational ethical criteria—beneficence, autonomy, non-malfeasance, justice, and other issues
• Learning the dangers of making ethical exceptions “just this once”

Mitchell Handelsman is a professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Denver and coeditor of the APA Handbook Ethics in Psychology.

The Ethically Attuned Therapist
Mary Jo Barrett, M.S.W.

Get practical guidance on how to establish boundaries from the first session by understanding:

• Therapist transparency and the importance of the first session
• How to negotiate dual relationships
• The rules of participating in client celebrations and ritual occasions
• How to best make use of consultation groups

Mary Jo Barrett, the founder of the Center for Contextual Change, teaches at the University of Chicago.

The Ambiguities of Ethical Practice: Defining Our Clinical Role and Its Limits
Frederic Reamer, Ph.D.

Examine the ethical complications resulting from today’s cultural and technological changes, including:

• Social media and the dangers of inappropriate therapist self-disclosure
• The importance of documenting clinical decisions
• Understanding the legal concepts of “cui bono,” fiduciary duty, breach of duty, violation of standard of care, and proximate cause
• Distinguishing ethical and legal issues in clinical practice

Frederic Reamer is the author of Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services.

The Ethics of Online Therapy
DeeAnna Nagel, L.P.C.

Whether you’re a digital native or a new adopter, get an overview of the ethical issues for therapists in the Digital Age, such as:

• Whether online therapy is appropriate for everyone
• Understanding the Disinhibition Effect and the influence of cyber culture
• Preparing your personal space, informed consent, and other first session issues
• Making sense of HIPAA and state licensing issues in the practice of online therapy

DeeAnna Nagel is the cofounder of the Online Therapy Institute and the author of Online Therapy: A Practical Guide.

The Ethics of Self-Disclosure
Kenneth Hardy, Ph.D.

Examine the benefits and risks of being more transparent as a clinician by understanding:

• The guidelines for determining when to self-disclose and the complexities of self-disclosing in couples or family therapy
• How self-disclosure can remove barriers and reduce the power differential between therapist and client
• How to use “shock absorbers” to give context to revealing therapist self-disclosures
• How to respond to personal questions

Kenneth Hardy is director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and professor of marriage and family therapy at Drexel University.


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    Integrate DSM-5® Guidelines for Cultural Competencies in Your Practice
    Leslie Korn, PH.D., M.P.H, L.M.H.C., R.P.P, N.C.B.

    Find out how the DSM-5® changes to cultural criteria impact your approach to diversity in your clinical practice.

    • DSM-5® criteria, cultural formulation and cultural genogram
    • Strategies and techniques for multicultural competencies in your practice
    • How to identify cultural influences to build rapport with diverse clients
    • How to develop new levels of cultural comfort when differences exist between you and your client

    Leslie Korn is the director of research at the Center for World Indigenous Studies, founder of the Center for Traditional Medicine, and author of numerous books.

    And listen to a Q&A call recording
    featuring Mary Jo Barrett, M.S.W., and Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

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    Tony and Dr. Melfi: Therapy Boundaries And Ethics In The Sopranos
    William Doherty, Ph.D.

    Explore the ethical complexities of treatment as illustrated in The Sopranos. Join Bill Doherty to explore what Dr. Melfi’s ethical dilemmas can teach you about blurred boundaries, the limits of “values neutral” therapy, and how to talk effectively about boundaries and behavior with even the most challenging clients. Who knew ethics could be this much fun?

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Ethics in an Age of Informality: Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

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    Watch any of the 6 video sessions, plus all bonus materials, online at your convenience and at your own pace. You'll have unlimited access for one year, plus you can download the video or audio files for learning on the go!


    Add the full transcripts, session resources, bonus materials, audio and video downloads to your reference library to watch again and again in the future.


    Interact and collaborate with other professionals in the online community through chat boards and online forums. Share your reactions, exchange ideas, ask questions, and network with your peers.


    Listen to a live Q&A call recording with Mary Jo Barrett, M.S.W., and Ofer Zur, Ph.D., to get answers to your follow-up questions and gain additional insight.


    Complete your CE test online at the completion of the course. Once you pass, you can print your CE certificate online instantly - earn up to 9 hours of CE credit.

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Have You Ever Wondered…
  • Whether or not to accept a grateful client's gift?
  • What to do when you begin to feel a sexual attraction to a client?
  • How to handle an invitation to a social event where you know you'll meet a client?
  • Whether you should share a difficult experience you've had that parallels what your client is struggling with?
  • What ethical safeguards to consider if you use Skype with clients or have a presence on social media?
  • What's the harm in making an ethical exception "just this once”?

Get solid answers to these questions and many more with the online video series!

Ethics in an Age of Informality:
Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

$608 Value - Now only $214.99


Here's what your colleagues have to say about this series:

Truly working in the reality of our times today  - Wendy

It’s refreshing to think in terms of maximizing our positive ethics as opposed to just behaving in a way to avoid a lawsuit  - Margie

Very helpful—the new awareness about digital technology and social media… - Ann

Content that is vital in our profession with an attitude that was most respectful. How refreshing!  - Lisa

I found the discussion about therapist style and the ethical issues that arise from different approaches—reflecting, psycho-dynamic, or analytic—to be useful  - Lynn


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