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  • 0 NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical DilemmasNP0017, Ethics, Session 5, Steven Frankel 03.12.2012 10:32
    Hi Steve! I found your list of vulnerable factors for therapists and clients articulate and very helpful. My question is this, when you find yourself (as a therapist) in a vulnerable position, do you talk to your client about it or should this conversation only occur with other professionals (supervision or consultation groups)? I found myself feeling incredibly vulnerable with clients and coworkers because I was a young/naive (single without children), in-home MFT (isolated in the community) for a large, non-profit agency.
  • 0 NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical DilemmasNP0017, Ethics, Session 4, William Doherty 03.11.2012 19:11
    Valuable indeed! And I enjoyed seeing you in Louisville, KY several years ago. Termination (we called it discharge at my agency) was a very hot topic that created major division within my department (community-based for children with autism). Parents were often very upset every time termination was brought up mainly because their children (IP) would always need professional help in relation to meeting certain developmental milestones. Boundary issues were a constant theme throughout my supervision sessions as I tried to process my theory of change and explore my role as a therapist. My question Dr. Bill is this, how would you discuss your relationship with a client and their family when there is a lifelong disability and the family sees termination as cutting off their hope? And is there a way to have an agency-wide discussion on the meaning of termination that could create less division and more unity amongst therapists?
  • 0 NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical DilemmasNP0017, Ethics, Session 3, Clifton Mitchell 03.11.2012 17:39
    I completely connected with the idea of feeling guilty with only meeting the standard of the law. After working in the social service field for 5 years (residential and in-home services), I walked away concluding that this world was a bunch of sick people caring for sick people. I couldn't believe the number of coworkers I had that were dealing with various addictions that I believed could potentially harm clients either physically or emotionally and at the least subject clients to "sloppy therapy." So Clifton, thank you for this informative discussion and if there is any way possible you could possibly shed some light on the subject of duty to warn when the therapist is impaired that would be much appreciated.
  • 0 NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical DilemmasNP0017, Ethics, Session 2, Ofer Zur 03.11.2012 16:16
    Dr. Zur, I'm a digital native born in the 80s that was schooled by digital immigrants (some reluctant and some enthusiastic adopters). I was a student in an MFT program from 2006-2008 and Ethics was a topic that I unfortunately "brushed off" mainly because I didn't feel that my instructors/supervisors understood the age we were living in- I heard yes and no without "compassionate understanding" in addition to never tell your clients what you believe in because that's not being collaborative. I laughed out loud when you described a therapist "huffing" when a client received a text in session. After hearing your throughful approach I had a huge lump in my throat and an "aha" moment for what's been missing in my journey as a young therapist- I don't have to have gray hair to be a good therapist and I'm not a stupid kid just because I've struggled with digital boundaries. THANK YOU FOR SHOWING UP AND TELLING ME WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN!
  • 0 NP0017 Handling Today's Hidden Ethical DilemmasNP0017, Ethics, Session 1, Mary Jo Barrett 03.11.2012 16:00
    Mary Jo, where were you when I started graduate school?!!! You seriously spoke to me in a way that I could understand and relate to and I found myself wishing I had heard this conversation in 2006 when I began my journey as an aspiring LMFT. I came from a very collaborative program (Harlene Anderson came to visit my school) and I was overwhelmed and intrigued by this concept. Your idea of "collaborative acknowledgment" was a much better fit for me. I'm struggling right now as I reflect on the major errors I made as a young therapist (in practicum and in my 1st job as an in-home therapist at a non-profit agency), but I'm seeing some hope through the dialogue you and the networker are providing. THANK YOU!!!

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