Ethics and Trauma: Perspectives from the Therapist’s Chair


Note: This is a LIVE virtual workshop that will take place via Zoom. Full attendance from 1pm-4:15pm ET is required for CE credit. Specific Zoom log-in details will be emailed to registrants the week before the workshop. For general Zoom help, please visit our Online Workshop Information Page.

This workshop will be primarily experiential, exploring our own perspectives and struggles with ethics in therapy for those who are chronically traumatized. We will address a broad array of issues through examining our own cases. In addition, we will spend time exploring our countertransference pushes and pulls that affect how we treat clients. Finally, controversies and challenges in the overall trauma field will be explored with a focus on how these can impact our practices with traumatized clients. For example, how much should we stabilize before we work on traumatic memories? Is there a downside – for clients and therapists – to focusing so much on trauma? What else might be essential to address? How can we manage clients who come to us with an identity of being a victim, or of having a trauma-related disorder? How do we help clients who present with unlikely trauma scenarios or who have no memory of trauma or who see every disappointment or relational challenge as traumatic? How do we maintain clinical focus with ever more bureaucratic demands? How do we emphasize our human connection with clients in a field that increasingly focuses on neurobiology and the brain, techniques, and most recently psychedelic drug-assisted therapy?

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze case examples of ethical dilemmas and challenges in order to further improve ethical practice.
  • Examine and critique personal countertransference tendencies that positively and negatively affect the therapy.
  • Discuss controversies and challenges in the trauma field that impact ethical practice.

Continuing Education Credit – 3 Hours

  • APA – Avant Training is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Avant Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • GSCSW –  This workshop is approved for Ethics CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work. Approval #032422
  • LPC – Avant Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7225. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Avant Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • LMFT – Related hours

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