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Ethical Boundaries in Balancing the Power Dynamic in the Therapeutic Relationship
Ethics Boundaries continuing education psychology CEUs

Course Learning Objectives/Outcomes
Counselor CEUs, Social Worker CEUs, Psychologist CEs, MFT CEUs

By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
-Discuss three realizations regarding therapist boundary violations.
-Discuss five biases regarding therapists’ self-perception.
-Discuss two patterns regarding therapist sexual violation.
-Discuss three hurdles regarding collapse of the therapeutic space.
-Describe four characteristics regarding client and therapist therapeutic alliance.
-Discuss four warnings regarding client attachment to therapist.
-Discuss six categories regarding mental health professionals with mental illness.
-Discuss gender role conflict in therapy.
-Discuss three factors regarding perspective of abuse in the consulting room.
-Discuss characteristics of relational autonomy.
-Discuss four phases of psychological helplessness.
-Discuss five strategies regarding healing from sexual trauma.
-Discuss three obstacles to healing progress.
-Discuss three feelings regarding disclosure of sexual assault.
-Name primary hallmarks of boundary failures in the borderline client.
-Name two definitions of manipulation.
-Explain the NASW, AAMFT, NBCC, and APA code of ethics regarding prohibiting sexual relationships with former clients.
-Name potential clients warned about concerning boundaries and the power dynamic in consumer information.
-Explain what is Otto Fenichel’s definition of transference.
-Name some interventions to counteract the power dynamic with clients who exhibit exaggerated silence.
-Name two types of therapist/patient relationships need to be balanced regarding supportive versus excessive therapeutic relationships.
-Explain who else can be included in a sexual harassment lawsuit besides the person harassed.
-Explain what is an example of a forceful cognitive intervention to use with a client’s self-defeating patterns, if used correctly, will not violate the balance of power.
-Explain what behavior on the part of clients put therapists in a position of power and yet impedes the therapist in his or her task of assisting clients to transcend their limited notions of themselves.
-Name three problematic feelings a therapist might experience regarding a client/patient that might lead to a sexual transgression.

"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."

CEU Continuing Education for
Counselor CEUs, Social Worker CEUs, Psychologist CEs, MFT CEUs

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