6 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $60.00
Co-developed by Nola Nordmarken, MFT and 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 two Certificate Programs:
Somatics & Touch 22 CE Credits
Advanced Ethics 71 CE Credits
This course includes materials consisting of:
General Course Description
This course reviews the importance of touch for human development and healing practices, describes the application of touch in psychotherapy as adjunct to verbal psychotherapy. It looks critically at the prohibition of touch in therapy and examines its historical, professional and cultural roots. Sexualizing most forms of touch combined with psychoanalytic and risk management guidelines are reviewed, as they present the main obstacles for the clinically appropriate use of touch in therapy. Issues of power, gender, history of abuse, dx and context are also discussed. Finally, detailed clinical and ethical guidelines for the appropriate use of touch in therapy are provided and description of ethical decision-making and a summary of California law in regard to touch in therapy are also presented. (Intermediate level).
Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Review the importance of touch for human development and healing practices.
2. Outline the objections for using touch in psychotherapy.
3. Discuss the relationships between sexual and non-sexual forms of touch in therapy.
4. Review professional organizations' codes of ethics on touch.
5. Discuss concerns with touch as it relates to gender, dx, culture, power, patient history and context.
6. Review and update California laws and regulations which are relevant to touch in psychotherapy.
7. Review the risk management concerns with touch in psychotherapy.
8. Utilize ethical decision-making regarding touch in psychotherapy.
9. Discuss ethical and clinical guidelines for touch in psychotherapy.