Ethics Around Client Attraction and Romantic Relationships in Therapy

Ethics Around Client Attraction and Romantic Relationships in Therapy

Keeping healthy boundaries in therapy sounds “easy.” But in practice, doing so consistently can be extremely difficult, especially when client-therapist feelings of attraction (and other forms of transference) develop. Actively setting protective boundaries can be stressful and at times, and downright awkward as we balance this process with building a solid alliance! Providers may not always admit or discuss situations in which they may be attracted to a client or when a client may flirt with them, but romantic attraction is an involuntary emotional process that can and absolutely does sometimes occur within the therapeutic relationship. Successfully recognizing and managing these feelings and situations is vital to ensure therapy is delivered effectively and ethically. Setting professional boundaries is the cornerstone of success in all therapy relationships, and the absence of consistent boundaries is at the heart of the most common and destructive ethical violations we see.

Please join us to increase your knowledge and insight into appropriately setting ethical boundaries in challenging (sexual, romantic, and other) situations with clients. Jodi Geis-Crowder brings 26 years of experience in the field and will draw on that experience to increase your knowledge of how the behavioral health care industry is commonly reflected in our traditional media, social media, and broader culture. These influences impact expectations of clients, resulting in some unrealistic expectations regarding what therapy is and isn’t. Jodi will also provide a checklist that can be used in mandatory disclosure to artfully deploy ethical boundaries to help you manage expectations throughout the therapeutic relationship. She will share case examples to challenge your ethical decision-making and help you navigate ethical dilemmas when they arise. Finally, she will review specific diagnoses such as personality disorders and clients challenged by chronic suicidal ideation – learn ethically-informed strategies to safely work with these clients.

In addition to the below formal course objectives, this workshop will include the following additions:
1. Define suicidal blackmail and identify two risk management approaches to keep clients safe and limit your professional liability.
2. Identify three ways that you can safely market your practice while maintaining professional boundaries with marketing and social media.
3. Identify two reasons why a clear fee schedule is a necessity and how to manage monetary challenges without contaminating the therapeutic relationship.
4. Define your own ethical decision-making model and identify three points that should be part of your model.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of obtaining a supervisor or consultant by identifying two ways that consulting with another professional can assist you to set clear boundaries and protect your professional liability.

 

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Agenda:

  • 0:00 – 01:00: Setting ethical boundaries in therapy.
  • 01:00 – 01:30: Managing transference
  • 01:30 – 02:20: Ethical decision-making models
  • 02:20 – 03:00: Ethical considerations

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify three reasons why mandatory disclosure is one of the most important aspects of client care and setting the stage for healthy boundaries from the first session.

b). Define ethical client boundaries and identify at least three approaches that assist a therapist to manage clients that push boundaries while preserving the therapeutic relationship.

c). Define transference and countertransference and two approaches that you can take to manage it in a therapeutic relationship.

d). Identify two approaches to managing flirting and sexual attraction in the therapeutic relationship.

 

Target Audience:

Clinical Mental Health Professionals such as Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS

Material Author(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS  

Jodi Geis-Crowder is a dedicated professional with 27 years of experience in ensuring access to quality behavioral health care and substance use disorder services in rural areas of Northeast Colorado and Wyoming. She holds an Associate Degree in Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Leadership from institutions in Wyoming. Jodi also holds professional counseling licenses in Colorado and Wyoming and is an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the Center for Credentialing and Education, recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Jodi pioneered animal- assisted therapy and therapeutic horticulture programs at Centennial Mental Health Center and Peak Wellness Center, reflecting her commitment to culturally meaningful care in rural settings. She has held various leadership roles, including clinical supervisor and regional clinical director, and has expertise in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), telehealth supervision, and telehealth service delivery. Jodi currently serves as a clinical supervisor and professional trainer for Volunteers of America Northern Rockies. Jodi also offers webinars, professional training consultation, and professional speaking through JGC Enterprises, LLC, focusing on Ethics, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Clinical Supervision, Telehealth, Trauma Informed Care, and the Human/Animal Bond. Passionate about art, Jodi is a professional watercolor artist and photographer, selling her work in Wyoming boutiques as a member of the Sagebrush Artisans. “I am grateful and humbled by the opportunities I have to mentor and nurture professionals on their journey. I am passionate about behavioral health care and ensuring service delivery for some of the most vulnerable in our society. My goal is to focus on solutions, hope, gratitude, identifying and instilling resilience, and finding glimmers in daily lives to facilitate positive change, individually and organizationally.”

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Generation Games: Ethics of Working Through a Generational Lens

Generation Games: Ethics of Working Through a Generational Lens

The Battle of the Generations, our favorite “versus” game – Boomers, Millennials, Gen X, Gen Z, and even the newest Gen “Alpha” – each comes with common and unique perspectives and beliefs about how the world works (or should work). Oftentimes, these beliefs and identities clash, and if you’ve ever been to Grandma’s or Auntie’s house for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you have undoubtedly seen or felt them clash HARD. So, it’s no surprise that these generational conflicts, issues, and differences come up in counseling. What are YOU doing for yourself and your clients to better navigate these increasingly treacherous waters?

Each generation brings its own set of values, beliefs, and norms to the counseling relationship. Understanding these differences is crucial for effective therapeutic communication and collaboration. These generational variations impact how individuals approach problem-solving, decision-making, and even leisure activities. Recognizing and appreciating these diverse perspectives can foster empathy across generations and lead to more inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and understood. The training will delve into ethical considerations related to intergenerational counseling. Participants will examine ways to ensure client autonomy and avoid imposing their own generational biases on therapeutic processes. Moreover, they will gain insights into how generational differences can impact power dynamics within the therapeutic relationship. This enhanced understanding of intergenerational communication will enable therapists to provide more effective and inclusive care for their clients from different generations.

 

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Agenda:

  • 9:00am – 9:15am: Ethics of addressing generations in your therapy practice.
  • 9:15am – 9:45am: Dive into the concept of generations and how they can shape therapy outcomes.
  • 9:45am – 10:15am: Discuss recent research in cross-generational therapy
  • 10:15am – 10:30am: 15-minute break
  • 10:30am – 11:00am: Evaluate your own practices
  • 11:00am – 11:30am: Therapeutic Alliance and apply Solutions Focused Brief Therapy to your practice.
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm: Strategies for managing unconscious bias and reducing inferential bias

 

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify cultural differences between generations and how they might impact therapy.

b). Learn and understand research implications of cross-generational therapy.

c). Evaluate clinician’s own practice working cross-generationally and identify growing edges.

 

Target Audience:

Mental health counselors, psychologists, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, marriage and family therapists, telehealth treatment professionals, and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Dawn Friedman, MSEd, LPCC-S

Material Author(s): Dawn Friedman, MSEd, LPCC-S

Dawn Friedman MSEd is a therapist in private practice; a lecturer at the Ohio State University in the Human Development and Family Studies department; and the founder of ChildAnxietySupport.com, a virtual education and support program for parents of anxious children. Dawn received her masters in community mental health counseling at the University of Dayton and has her post-graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health through Arcadia University. In Portland, Oregon, Dawn founded the Safe to Grow program at the YWCA Women’s Resource Center, a shelter serving women and children escaping domestic violence, and taught parenting classes for the Oregon State Extension Service. Her writing appears in several books including Joanne Bombarger’s Mother’s of Intention (Bright Sky Press, 2011), Rebecca Walker’s anthology One Big Happy Family (Riverhead Press, 2009), Mothering and Blogging (Demeter Press, 2009) edited by May Friedman & Shana L. Calixte and the textbooks Child Adoption: Issues and Perspectives (Icfai University Press, 2009) and Mixed Heritage (Greenhaven Press, 2009). She has appeared on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Word of Mouth, on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, on Dawn Davenport’s Creating a Family, and also consulted on a This American Life episode about open adoption. She has presented at the Columbus Society for Clinical Social Work and Ohio State Counseling and Consultation; the 2011 Open Adoption Symposium in Richmond, VA; the American Adoption Congress annual conferences; the 2nd International Conference on Adoption and Culture; the Voices for Ohio’s Children Healthy Kids Conference; the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children conference and several times for the All Ohio Counselors Conference and for the Central Ohio Counseling Association.

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“Everyone Does It” – Skillfully Manage the Ethical Minefields of Countertransference

“Everyone Does It” – Skillfully Manage the Ethical Minefields of Countertransference

What is countertransference and how does it happen in therapy? Countertransference is viewed in our profession as the therapist’s reaction to the client’s feelings (i.e. transference) which are being projected – usually unconsciously – onto the therapist. It’s important to manage this inevitable process effectively to avoid ethical and legal dangers. The process of transference and countertransference can be used as a tool for better therapy outcomes and personal growth for you as an evolving clinician!

Although ethics codes and laws guide us, all therapists are vulnerable to finding themselves in the complicated space of ethical dilemmas. By using case examples and depth therapy perspectives, this workshop will help you in linking your attachment style and countertransference experiences. By learning your own blindspots and attachment vulnerabilities, you can inform and minimize risks, and keep yourself out of several types of ethical dilemmas. Attend this workshop and learn how to deepen your own self-reflective practice. New concepts, case discussion, and a depth model of learning will help you better attune and attend to your practice. Through your own learning, self-reflective practice, and consultation, this class will help you freely explore and deepen your transference and countertransference observations in the therapy room.

 

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Agenda:

9:00am – 9:30am: Diving into Ethics

9:30am – 10:00am: Countertransference Analysis

10:00am – 10:30am: The Neuroscience of Attachment

10:30am – 10:45am: Break

10:45am – 11:15am: Reflective Tools and Techniques

11:15am – 12:00pm: Ethics in Practice

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Name four ethical boundaries most vulnerable to countertransference, and three ways to ethically handle them in your practice.

b). Identify and describe at least one somatic, affective, cognitive and attachment based piece of information about your therapy style. Use this information to define your own decision tree to explore and process your countertransference responses and dialogue.

c). Using short sample dialogues and parallel processes, explore and learn to contain and name your countertransference responses within your client-provider relationships.

d). Learn and practice in-depth consultative reflective tools and techniques that promote insight about your own countertransference as they arise.

 

Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Allison Broennimann, PhD

Material Author(s): Allison Broennimann, PhD

Dr. Allison Broennimann is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in depth therapy, neuropsychology, attachment, and post traumatic growth. In 2013 she received congressional recognition for her work with Veterans at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She balances her online practice based out of California and is currently writing her first book on building a secure attachment from within.

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Cosmetic Psychotherapy: Ethical Considerations – “Is It Therapy, Just Because?”

Cosmetic Psychotherapy: Ethical Considerations – “Is It Therapy, Just Because?”

With stigma around therapy decreasing with time, we are seeing some newer and emerging characteristics of the broader prospective therapy client pool. Some pop culture shows and movies portray having a therapist as “cool”, “hip”, and even a sign of affluence. What does this mean for how we develop treatment plans for presenting clients who aren’t suffering in the traditional sense?

This course delves into the emerging and intriguing topic of cosmetic psychotherapy. The term “cosmetic psychotherapy” pertains to therapeutic treatment for individuals who experience satisfactory emotional and behavioral functioning but aspire to enhance their performance. Much like the principles underpinning cosmetic surgery and cosmetic psychopharmacology, cosmetic psychotherapy places less emphasis on addressing impairments and more on fostering self-actualization. This course offers an exploration of the ethical intersection where psychology, medicalization, and marketing collide. Clinicians will gain valuable insights into the systemic discussions surrounding the merits and considerations associated with the practice of cosmetic psychotherapy.

 

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Agenda:

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Psychotherapy Marketing

9:30 am – 10:15 am: 5 Ethical Precepts of Health Communication

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Social Scripts and Ailing Identities

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: The Enigmatic Self

Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define the concept of cosmetic psychotherapy.

b). Describe the medicalization process and its relevance to the field of psychotherapy.

c). Discuss the ethical benefits and concerns of the practice of cosmetic psychotherapy.

 

Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, psychiatrists and other clinical mental health professionals.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Corey Petersen, PhD, LCMFT

Material Author(s): Corey Petersen, PhD, LCMFT

Dr. Corey Petersen is a communication specialist and the owner of Communication and Connection Therapy. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, where her research focused on psychotherapeutic language and communication ethics. Prior to her Ph.D., Corey earned Master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Studies and Professional Communication. In addition to her formal education, she has completed training in four Gottman Method programs (Level 1, Level 2, Seven Principles, and Bringing Baby Home), Collaborative Language Couples Therapy, and has further training with various other relationship-oriented theories and models. Corey has been teaching collegiately for over 9 years in both the psychology and communication fields. When she is not teaching, she meets with clients in her private practice.

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Fentanyl Surge: Etiology, Screening, & Ethical Considerations

Fentanyl Surge: Etiology, Screening, & Ethical Considerations

Fentanyl use and abuse is rapidly becoming one of the greatest threats to public health in America. The number of overdose deaths per year (70,601 in 2021 per CDC) from this deadly illicitly manufactured fentanyl are staggering and increasing at an alarming rate (25% annually per CDC). One of the most concerning aspects of this situation is fentanyl laced street drugs and substance abusers who unknowingly ingest it (and become addicted to it or overdose from it). This accidental use is resulting in increased drug emergencies and deaths. Clients presenting in your practice may be exposed to illicit fentanyl in other substances they are using, and without proper screening, you and the client may be unaware that a fentanyl addiction is present or developing.

Please join us for a review of the etiology of fentanyl, the need to screen substance disorder clients who may have unsuspectingly ingested it, the role that Narcan plays in saving lives, and your ethical responsibility as a behavioral health care professional to appropriately manage mortal risk when treating clients in the fentanyl landscape.

In addition to the below Objectives, this webinar training includes the following highlights:

1. A Mandatory Disclosure checklist that includes information specific to the fentanyl crisis when treating substance use disorder clients.
2. A discussion of the heightened risks involved in treating substance use disorder clients and how to ethically manage those risks.
3. A discussion of the importance of working with a clinical supervisor/ clinical consultant/ medical consultant in fentanyl or suspected fentanyl SUD cases.
4. How to best approach fentanyl or suspected fentanyl SUD cases inside a treatment team consisting of you (therapist), a medical case manager, a licensed medical professional, and a prescriber.

 

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Objectives:

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify and describe two known facts regarding the etiology of fentanyl.

b). Describe two methods currently used for fentanyl screening.

c). Define what Narcan is, its common uses, and the common qualifications used in best practice to safely administer it.

d). Identify and describe two aspects of mandatory disclosure relevant to SUD treatment for clients addicted to fentanyl or suspected fentanyl.

 

Target Audience:

Clinical Mental Health Professionals such as Counselors, Psychologists, Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

 

Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS

Material Author(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS  

Jodi Geis-Crowder has a passion for the helping profession to ensureaccess to care for all. She is also passionate about mentoring, supervising and training others to reach their professional potential. Jodi has spent the past 25 years dedicating her professional efforts to ensuring that individuals in rural, frontier areas in Northeast Colorado and Southeast Wyoming have access to quality, culturally meaningful behavioral health care and substance use disorder services, delivered by trained, competent providers. A native of Wyoming, Jodi holds an Associate of Science Degree in Education from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences with areas of emphasis in psychology, economics, political science and anthropology, and a Master of Science Degree in Counselor Education and Human Development with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. She holds professional counseling licenses in good standing in Colorado (LPC-2476, March 2000) and Wyoming (LPC-1602, September 2016), is an Approved Clinical Supervisor, a certified Solution Focused Brief Therapy practitioner, holds a certificate in the Human/Animal Bond from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, has studied and gained numerous continuing education credits in the area of the human/animal bond, has been registered with four previous therapy dogs (2005, 2010, 2019 and 2021) and recently passed her test and credentialing with her Border Collie, Shay River, through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Jodi’s passion for culturally appropriate human/animal bond and agriculture related services in rural areas resulted in her developing animal assisted therapy programs and therapeutic horticulture for two community mental health centers: Centennial Mental Health Center in Northeast Colorado and Peak Wellness Center in Southeast Wyoming. Jodi states, “I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to bring my passion for the natural world and rural culture into my professional work by developing programs that are culturally meaningful and support the rural culture.” She further states, “My original therapy dog, Mr. Big, taught me more about patience and unconditional love than any other relationship in my life. It is astounding to me how much he continues to teach me about grief and loss through his passing.”

Jodi has held positions as a clinician, clinical coordinator, clinical supervisor, regional clinical director and telehealth clinical supervisor, and education and training coordinator in her years at Centennial Mental Health Center and Peak Wellness Center. Jodi developed animal assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture and peer specialist programs during her tenure at Centennial Mental Health Center and was the architect for and developed a centralized, telehealth clinical supervision model for Peak Wellness Center. Jodi has extensive training and experience in working in the telehealth model. She authored an article regarding transitioning to working remotely and provided support to others transitioning to remote work during the Covid 19 Pandemic shut down in March, 2020. This article was used internally at Peak Wellness Center to support staff during this transition. Jodi also served as secretary of the Iliff Head Start Advisory Board for six years in Iliff, CO and is currently on the Absaroka Head Start Advisory Board in Worland, WY.

Jodi currently works full time as a telehealth clinical supervisor and trainer for Volunteers of America Norther Rockies (VOANR). Volunteers of America Northern Rockies merged with Peak Wellness Center in July of 2020 and serves the needs of individuals with behavior health care and substance use disorder challenges, as well as specializing in services for veterans in Montana, Wyoming and Western South Dakota. She enjoys teaching webinars and assisting others in their professional development under her private company JGC Enterprises, LLC in the areas of Ethics, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, working in the telehealth model and the human/animal bond. Jodi is also a professional mixed media and water color artist and hopes to volunteer at the Washakie County Library in Worland, WY, developing an animal assisted reading program for youth.

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