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  • 0 P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century PractitionerNew Perspectives on Ethics, Session 2, Ofer Zur: Comment Board 02.09.2011 05:21
    Great presentation! So much I haven't even thought about. I do text - if I didn't I'd never communicate with my adolescent clients. But all the rest, WOW! I've never thought about my Facebook page. I will be visiting Dr. Zur's web page often.
    Val Beck Sena
    Cincinnati
  • 0 P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century PractitionerNew Perspectives on Ethics, Session 1: Comment Board 02.09.2011 05:12
    A terrific presentation. I was struck and pleased by Mary Jo's openness in talking about her own practice. I, too, have the "what to expect" talk in the first session. As a 'senior' therapist I guess I'm pretty 'old school'. I emphasize that therapy is a one way relationship, one of the few a person ever experiences. I also explain that I don't touch but I'll hug 'with words' so that they never have to worry about 'what I expect from them'. Obviously this comes up over and over again in the course of therapy. My clients have reported they find great safety and freedom knowing this, even though at times it makes them really sad or mad. I share Mary Jo's value that therapy is sacred.
    Val Beck Sena
    Cincinnati
  • 0 P002 New Perspectives: Ethical Standards for the 21st Century PractitionerNew Perspectives on Ethics, Session 4 with William Doherty: Comment Board 02.08.2011 11:15
    An excellent presentation on an overlooked topic. Therapy gets messy even for the most experienced of us. As an experienced (32 years) therapist/supervisor I never in my wildest dreams anticipated the experience I had with a client. I work from a home office with a separate entrance for clients. I had just begun seeing a middle aged woman whom seemed at first quite frantic but then calmed and and engaged. At the end of the second session she said that she knew she and I were just alike and she'd like me as her best friend. This was said, not surprisingly, as I was showing her out of the office. As my next appointment was waiting I said we'd talk about it the following week. The session was on a friday the middle of December. That Sunday as my husband and I were decorating the Christmas tree, we discovered we needed a few things and I went off to the store. I was gone about an hour. When I walked into our living room there was my client decorating the tree and my very confused husband pacing around. Privately my husband told me My Client showed up at the front door, introduced herself as a new friend of mine, and told him she was great at decorating Xmas trees.

    As I ushered my client to the door (diagnosis having been made) I dreaded our next session. My fury surprised me. I had seen many NPDs and Borderline clients and could usually spot that "off" quality in the first session. I certainly was not seeing these patients in my home-office. I just wish I had had Dr. Doherty to consult with then.

    Val Beck Sena
    Cincinnati

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