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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:
-Explain one rationalization some have about abuse of the personal contact boundary with clients.
-Explain some biases against the validity of the topic of the Sexual abuse of Power between client and therapists.
-Explain one key element in the Social Work Code of Ethics regarding the power dynamic in the therapeutic relationship.
-Explain two hurdles that remain after the client leaves the therapeutic relationship.
-Explain four characteristics that separate a power imbalance from a boundary violation.
-Explain the four warning signs regarding a power imbalance. 
-Explain the six categories listed in Schoener's typology of abuse (as referenced in - Schoener, GR, Ph.D. "Boundaries in Group Therapy: Ethical and Practice Issues." Women and Group Psychotherapy, New York, Builford Press, 2001.)
-Explain one reason females are more vulnerable to therapeutic sexual abuse according to Penford.
-Explain some factors exploitative therapy relationships can contain.
-Explain "robotization."
-Explain three phases a victim may experience once she realizes the truth about her abuse.
-Explain a key in working with a client who has been abused by a therapist.
-Explain three phases of healing for the survivor of abuse.
-Explain some feelings an abuse survivor experiences to detour him or her from informing others.
-Explain primary hallmarks of boundary failures in the borderline client.
-Explain two definitions of manipulation.
-Explain what does the NASW Code state about The AAMFT, NBCC, and APA prohibit sexual relationship with former client’s for a period of two years.
-Explain potential clients warned about concerning boundaries and the power dynamic in consumer information.
-Explain Otto Fenichel’s definition of transference (referenced in - Bersoff, Donald N., Ph.D., "Ethical Conflicts in Psychology." American Psychological Association, Washington DC, 1999.)
-Explain some interventions to counteract the power dynamic with clients who exhibit exaggerated silence.
-Explain 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, according to the EEOC.
-Explain 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 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.
-Explain what are they probably expecting and why, When a client enters your office and demands that you accommodate every one of his or her detailed requests before he or she will agree to work with you.

"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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