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Ethics in an Age of Informality: Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

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10 Responses to Ethics in an Age of Informality: Protecting Yourself When Boundaries Blur

  1. margiefreemanlcsw@gmail.com says:

    I liked the 3 phrases never to say with a client: “Let’s have sex.” “Just this once.” “Nobody will know.”

    It’s refreshing to think in terms of maximizing our positive ethics as opposed to just behaving in a way to avoid a lawsuit.

    Re the last question that was posed by Mitch Handelsman, I personally think I would go to a friend before calling an attorney.

  2. margiefreemanlcsw@gmail.com says:

    I found it interesting that I am not the only one who takes notes during sessions. Some of my clients also take notes, but I am going to consider encouraging clients to take notes, too. Thanks for that idea.

    I appreciate the emphasis on self-care in order to be an ethically attuned therapist.

  3. Ann Palik says:

    Thank you for a very helpful discussion. I appreciated that we primarily provide psychotherapy; we are not our clients’ advocates, attorneys, etc. We are not supposed to provide our clients with $175K, just with psychotherapy.

    Re: Dr. Handelsman’s last question, I think I’d call a friend, too, before calling an attorney. I guess that’s a separation in my acculturation……

  4. ecappler says:

    I’d like to hear thoughts about the impact of social media and texting among practitioners and clients.

  5. kathykehoe says:

    I enjoyed the dialog between Mitch and Lisa. Good food for thought. Thank you.

  6. Lyschert says:

    Lynn Chertkov

    I found the discussion about therapist style and the ethical issues that arise from the reflecting, psycho-dynamic or analytic approach to be useful. The potential for loss of intention of the therapy and/or disempowerment of the therapist.

  7. Candrews says:

    I’m not sure that I agree that if a client brings up erotic transference in the closing session that I would suggest another session to process such material. Especially if there is any erotic counter transference on the part of the therapist, which I think there was in that TV clip! I think he could have offered her more hope for healing & more strongly suggest that she work with a female practitioner, perhaps with a more evidence based treatment approach to trauma, if that was the case conceptualization for Mia.

  8. apalikmft says:

    Just finished watching the interesting interview w/Mary Jo Barrett. I liked the specificity with which she educates clients in first session re: her phone/e-mail/text policies, etc., clients asking her personal questions, and her emphasis on the importance of self-care. Some of the content felt a little “micro-manage-y” to me (dividing session into 3 parts, giving client therapy journal, etc.), but perhaps I operate on the other end of that spectrum; just a different in styles.

  9. apalikmft says:

    I enjoyed the interview with Rick Reamer; very helpful new awarenesses about digital technology, social media, etc. Most of it seems to come down to “document” and “consult,” as we have been taught in the past; a good way to protect yourself.

  10. blytheconway says:

    I’m not one for leaving comments but I just needed to say: Mary Jo Barrett, I would pick up and move to Chicago just to work for you! As a therapist who is also as passionate about the great therapy needs of the troubled, trauma-saturated young adolescent offenders of this country, I felt a great surge of energy and alignment with your talk on energy, meditation, nutrition, and fitness as a therapist (my personal work has shown the great need for yoga in adolescent offenders’ lives). You have a great presence about yourself and I will be looking for more of your lectures from now on!!

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