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When Ethical Standards Hold Us Back

"Forbidden" Acts May Be Among the Most Powerful Methods at Our Disposal

Ofer Zur • 6/29/2017

By Ofer Zur - Currently, the field is so deluged with dire warnings of imminent professional ruin that many therapists practice under a cloud of fear. Should they accept a gift of home-baked cookies from a client at Christmas? Should they acknowledge a client in a grocery store or synagogue? The problem is that many of these "forbidden" acts may be among the most powerful therapeutic methods at our disposal.

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Avoiding Runaway Ethics in Psychotherapy

Is Risk Management Threatening the Therapeutic Alliance?

Ofer Zur • 2/12/2015

Currently, the field is so deluged with dire warnings of imminent professional ruin that many therapists practice under a cloud of fear. At our professional meetings, in the legal columns that are now a regular feature of our journals, and at workshops and seminars, legal professionals, usually without any clinical training whatsoever, are giving their opinions about how we should practice, what we're allowed to do, and what we should never do---and scaring us to death in the process. As it turns out, this extreme self-watchfulness and rigid avoidance of anything resembling a "boundary violation" by a psychoanalytic or risk-management yardstick can do clients real harm.

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Copyright:
2/13/2013
Authors:
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
OFER ZUR, PHD
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
 
ARNOLD A. LAZARUS, PHD, ABPP
 
KATY BUTLER, MA
 
JAN MICHAEL SHERMAN, MA
 
JANINE ROBERTS, EDD
 
JAY EFRAN, PH.D.
 
JENNY NEWSOME
 
MICHAEL F. HOYT, PHD
 
SUSAN ROWAN
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NRC095556

Therapeutic Ethics In The Digital Age

When the Whole World is Watching

Ofer Zur • 7/1/2012

The revolution in communication technology has created a new set of ethical dilemmas, which are invading our sessions, whether we know it or not.

Magazine Article

The Ethical Eye

Don't Let "Risk Management" Undermine Your Professional Approach

Ofer Zur • 7/1/2007

The best form of risk management for your practice may be doing what you think is right.

Magazine Article
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Copyright:
2/13/2013
Authors:
MARY JO BARRETT, MSW
 
OFER ZUR, PHD
 
LINDA STONE FISH, MSW, PHD
 
ARNOLD A. LAZARUS, PHD, ABPP
 
KATY BUTLER, MA
 
JAN MICHAEL SHERMAN, MA
 
JANINE ROBERTS, EDD
 
JAY EFRAN, PH.D.
 
JENNY NEWSOME
 
MICHAEL F. HOYT, PHD
 
SUSAN ROWAN
Product:
NRC095556
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When Ethical Standards Hold Us Back

"Forbidden" Acts May Be Among the Most Powerful Methods at Our Disposal

Ofer Zur • 6/29/2017

By Ofer Zur - Currently, the field is so deluged with dire warnings of imminent professional ruin that many therapists practice under a cloud of fear. Should they accept a gift of home-baked cookies from a client at Christmas? Should they acknowledge a client in a grocery store or synagogue? The problem is that many of these "forbidden" acts may be among the most powerful therapeutic methods at our disposal.

Daily Blog

Avoiding Runaway Ethics in Psychotherapy

Is Risk Management Threatening the Therapeutic Alliance?

Ofer Zur • 2/12/2015

Currently, the field is so deluged with dire warnings of imminent professional ruin that many therapists practice under a cloud of fear. At our professional meetings, in the legal columns that are now a regular feature of our journals, and at workshops and seminars, legal professionals, usually without any clinical training whatsoever, are giving their opinions about how we should practice, what we're allowed to do, and what we should never do---and scaring us to death in the process. As it turns out, this extreme self-watchfulness and rigid avoidance of anything resembling a "boundary violation" by a psychoanalytic or risk-management yardstick can do clients real harm.

Daily Blog
Page 1 of 1 (2 Items)

Therapeutic Ethics In The Digital Age

When the Whole World is Watching

Ofer Zur • 7/1/2012

The revolution in communication technology has created a new set of ethical dilemmas, which are invading our sessions, whether we know it or not.

Magazine Article

The Ethical Eye

Don't Let "Risk Management" Undermine Your Professional Approach

Ofer Zur • 7/1/2007

The best form of risk management for your practice may be doing what you think is right.

Magazine Article
Page 1 of 1 (2 Items)
Ofer Zur, Ph.D., director of the Zur Institute, is a licensed psychologist from Sonoma, California. He's written dozens of articles and four books, including Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy and Boundaries in Psychotherapy.