Welcome to the Home Study Course sponsored by the Healthcare Training Institute. This course deals with setting ethical boundaries with clients. Our primary intent for this home study course is to provide quality education to foster your professional growth. The Institute has provided quality education since 1979 to thousands across the US and in Canada as well.
Hi. My name is Brian Clark. I will be the narrator of this CD. I am a co-author of the Course and am currently in private practice. Two other co-authors of the course are Jill Daniels, who has experience in community mental health, and Janel Brush, who has been in private practice focusing on marriage counseling. She has also worked with the chronically mentally ill. We appreciate that you have chosen this as a vehicle for you to earn your Continuing Education Credit.The purpose of the course is to assist you in increasing your self awareness regarding setting ethical boundaries with clients. As each case study is given, if the concepts seem to be applicable to your situation, I encourage you to turn your CD player off and make a few notes regarding the application of the principle to your setting. However, these notes are for your purposes only and are not to be sent to the Healthcare Training Institute.Periodically, content-recall questions are asked. These questions correspond with the questions in your Answer Booklet. Merely write the correct letter on the blank line that precedes each question. Keep in mind there is nothing tricky or hard about these questions, they are merely intended to verify your playing of this CD.Each of the questions is included on this CD, as well as in the Answer Booklet. The questions are sequential and deal with the section of content that preceded it. For this reason, to facilitate answering of each question, you might read the question from the Answer Booklet prior to listening to that CD track. By knowing what the question is ahead of time, you will then know the content to listen for that contains the answer. So just a hint, after you answer a question, read on to the next question in order to give you a "heads up" to listen for the content that contains the answer.For the purpose brevity, most generally, I will use the term "therapists" or "mental health professional." However, don't let these terms deter you from applying the concepts to your situations. When you hear the word "therapists," if your job title is social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, professional counselor, resident director, program assistant, etc., merely substitute the appropriate term that is the most meaningful to you. In short don't let my use of the term "therapists" cognitively set you off track from hearing the content because your job title is school counselor, for example. I will also use the term "client" for the purposes of brevity. However, if you deal with patients, residents, students, consumers, etc., transpose "client" to the term that is the most meaningful to you in your work setting.
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