Mary Jo Barrett • Sunday All Day
The ethical rules for therapists used to be straightforward and unambiguous: no gifts, no self-disclosure, no dual relationships, no out-of-session contact, and, of course, no sex. But today the rules against boundary violations aren’t so straightforward anymore, nor do the old prohibitions always seem clinically useful. Compassion fatigue also can impede our judgment, making us more susceptible to improper conduct. In this workshop, we’ll explore both the ethical dilemmas we face and the compassion fatigue that makes us vulnerable to boundary confusion. We’ll discuss the importance of self-reflection, peer supervision, sharing concerns with colleagues, and establishing and maintaining clear boundary guidelines. We’ll focus particularly on self-care, with participants developing a professional wellness plan that keeps them grounded and mindful in their professional lives. Note: This workshop fulfills many state board requirements for training in ethics and risk management.
Mary Jo Barrett, M.S.W., the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, teaches at the University of Chicago. She’s the coauthor of Systemic Treatment of Incest and coeditor of Treating Incest: A Multimodal Systems Perspective.