6 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $60.00
Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
Course fulfills the California and other states' ethics and law requirements. Course may qualify for insurance discount. Check with your insurer.
This course is also offered as part of an Advanced Ethics Certificate Program of 71 CE Credits.
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
This intermediate-level course critically examines the concept of risk management in psychotherapy. The Ethics and Risk of Risk Management Therapists have been frightened by risk management experts, attorneys and insurance companies to never touch a client, to limit self-disclosure and gifts, to avoid bartering, making home visits, leaving the office with clients and, by all means, to stay away from any form of dual relationships. The course helps therapists differentiate between boundary crossing and boundary violation, understand the origin of and the forces behind risk management practices and realistically look at the level of risk that therapists are facing in their line of work. While minimizing risk is important, the course is concerned with risk management practices that are carried out at the expense of clients' welfare and of therapeutic effectiveness. Finally, the course reviews the ethical and legal considerations regarding risk management and proposes ethical ways to minimize risk to therapists without compromising their clinical integrity.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Describe the complexities of risk management practices.
2. Define and explain boundary crossings and boundary violations in psychotherapy.
3. Report the origin of and the forces behind risk management.
4. Explain how to minimize risk to therapists without compromising their clinical integrity.
5. Cite the relationships between risk management and the standard of care.
6. Discuss the relationships between risk management practices and the codes of ethics and the law, with emphasis on California law.
7. Utilize tools to make clinical and ethical decisions with regard to risk management concerns.