Trending Ethical Dilemmas: The Burning Questions of Practice in a Chaotic World



We will explore some of the most interesting and thorny ethical issues of our current times as psychotherapists. Should the therapist have a role in guiding clients to be less self-absorbed and over-protected and build more resilience and community orientation? What are the ethical dilemmas in labeling others or oneself as a victim? In a highly polarized society, how do we manage when controversial social/cultural/political issues enter the therapy room, whether we are like-minded with the client or whether we hold vastly different views? How do we respond to popular armchair diagnoses, such as the pervasive use of the label “narcissism?” How do we react to clients who come in self-diagnosed from social media? What is our role in supporting clients to be responsible and develop their own sense of morality and ethics? Is our highest priority the individual or the family or community? What are the pros and cons of very long and short term psychotherapies with complex clients? What is our ethical responsibility with clients who are not progressing? In this age of intense need for mental health treatment, is it ethical to end treatment with certain clients in order to see clients who may make better use of our help? How do we navigate the pressures to get ever more new training and certifications and continue ethical practices? What ethical issues arise when the therapist suffers from burnout or vicarious traumatization? These and other timely questions will provide lively discussions among participants. 

Note: This is an in-person workshop. It will be held in the backhouse of 1162 N. Highland Avenue. We will take a 1 hour break  for lunch

Learning Objectives

  • Identify current ethical issues in their practices and discuss solutions.
  • Analyze the conflict between the need to support social justice and the need to treat the individual.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas related to labeling others with psychiatric terms.
  • Identify ethical conflicts in treating clients who are not progressing, or have limited progression in psychotherapy.
  • Discuss potential ethical concerns with the flourishing of treatment certifications in new treatment modalities.
  • Identify potential ethical issues in therapist burnout.

Continuing Education Credit – 6 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.
  • 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.
  • LCSW, LMFT –  Related hours

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