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.
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.
Attendance and Location Details
Date and Time
Friday, July 12, 2024
10:00am – 1:00pm CST
11:00am – 2:00pm EST
8:00am – 11:00am PST
*Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.
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.
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
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