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Both the digital revolution and the seductive informality of our times have raised ethical issues they never taught us about in grad school. Here’s a webcast series that offers a roadmap through today’s increasingly ambiguous ethical territory.

We'll explore the pitfalls of practicing therapy by phone or Skype, and of using Google, email, and social media in your practice. Learn the latest legal standards, how to clearly establish the ethical ground rules for therapy, and much more.


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Video Webcast Series
With Bonus Materials

Enjoy These 3 Exclusive AMHCA Bonus Resources



Bonus Article with Ofer Zur, author of Dual Relationships in Psychotherapy and Boundaries in Psychotherapy.


Bonus Article with Janine Roberts, author of Rituals for Our Times and Tales and Transformations.


Bonus 4-part MP3 series with William Doherty from Symposium 2010's Tony and Dr. Melfi: Therapy, Ethics, and "The Sopranos".

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Session 1

21st-Century Ethical Dilemmas

Mary Jo Barrett, M.S.W.

Get practical guidance on how to establish boundaries from the first session on:

Mary Jo Barrett
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Therapist Self-Disclosure
  • Negotiating Dual Relationships
  • Participating in Client Celebrations and Ritual Occasions
  • Making Use of Consultation Groups
  • Ethical Vulnerability and therapist Self-Care

Session 2

Ethics in the Digital Age

Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Explore the new ethical issues digital communications technology has introduced into our field:

Ofer Zur
  • Googling Therapists and Clients
  • To Accept or Not to Accept “Friending”
  • The Ethics of Email
  • Texting and Cell Phone Use with Clients
  • The Dark Side of the Web

Session 3

The Therapist's Duty to Warn

Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D.

Examine the latest developments in your legal and ethical responsibilities as a therapist:

Clifton Mitchell
  • Ethical vs. Legal Obligations
  • Reporting Rape, Date Rape, and Statutory Rape
  • Reporting Child Abuse
  • When Physical Harm Is Threatened
  • The Threat of Self-Injurious Behavior

Session 4

The Ethics of Termination

William Doherty, Ph.D.

Learn how to broach termination when the client is no longer benefiting from therapy:

William Doherty
  • Evaluating Client Progress
  • Dealing with the Dissatisfied Client
  • Inappropriate Therapist Terminations
  • Avoiding Client Blame
  • The Obligation to Refer and How to Handle It

Session 5

Law, Ethics, and Risk Management

Steven Frankel, Ph.D., J.D.

Receive an overview of the most frequently asked questions about the ethical and legal risks of practice:

Steven Frankel
  • When Competence and Dual Relationships are the Issue
  • Unprofessional Conduct vs. Personal Misconduct
  • Malpractice vs. Board Violations
  • Boundary Crossings vs. Boundary Violations
  • When Therapists Commit Fraud

Session 6

Telemental Health in the 21st Century

Marlene Maheu, Ph.D.

Explore the ethical issues of using Skype, e-mail, and other distance therapy tools:

Marlene Maheu
  • Getting Training in Online Counseling
  • HIPPA Guidelines for Distance Therapy
  • Common Issues with Video, Phone, and Email Therapy
  • Using iPhone Apps and Self-Help eBooks
  • State Licensing Issues with Skype and Other Distance Therapies
Streaming-video webcasts available on-demand 24/7.
Watch sessions again and again for a full year after purchase.
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Downloadable transcripts so you can take notes or review at any time.

How Would You Handle One Of These
Increasingly Common Ethical Challenges?

  • You walk out the shower room of your health club and discover that one of your clients has just joined your club.
  • You’re tempted to share a personal experience with a client but something tells you that you might be stepping over a line.
  • A young client reports a date rape to you.
  • A client offers you a gift to show appreciation for the impact therapy has had on him.
  • You find yourself developing a crush on a client.

Hidden Ethical Dilemmas Gives You A Fresh,
Candid, Up-To-Date Look At Balancing
Clinical Wisdom With Clear Ethical Boundaries.

We Bring You Freewheeling Conversations,
Probing Questions, Invaluable Answers.

Watch a preview from Session 1 of this series with Mary Jo Barrett:

Here's What People Say:

our discussion on ethics has been the best I've ever "attended."... Thanks for a REAL workshop on ethics. Very helpful and thought provoking

Diana S.

Thank you for presenting a webcast with content that is vital in our profession, and with attitude that was most respectful.
How refreshing!

Lisa B.

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.

Amanda W.

Our Presenters Are Leaders In The Field

Mary Jo Barrett, M.S.W., is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change and teaches at the University of Chicago. She’s the coauthor of Systemic Treatment of Incest and coeditor of Treating Incest: A Multimodal Systems Perspective.

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.

Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D., is a professor at East Tennessee State University, where he received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2002. He's the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients.

William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. His books include Take Back Your Marriage, Putting Family First, Take Back Your Kids, and Medical Family Therapy, with Susan McDaniel.

Steven Frankel, Ph.D., J.D., is an A.B.P.P. certified clinical and forensic psychologist, as well as an attorney at law. He's currently a clinical professor of psychology at University of Southern California.

Marlene Maheu, Ph.D. has been a leader and pioneer in telehealth since 1994. She developed the first online consumer portal for psychology worldwide, now known as, and chaired the first telehealth-related taskforce at the APA. She's the lead author of The Mental Health Professional and the New Technologies.

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The content of this course is at the introductory - intermediate level.