Ethics of the Therapeutic Relationship: When in Doubt, be Human (ETHICS - 13ETHI05)

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May 3rd, 2014 9:00 AM   through   4:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 1011
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional both days $ 275 ($137.50 per day) after 4/25 $ 137.50
Professional Saturday only after 4/25 $ 175.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni both days $255 ($127.50 per day) after 4/25 $ 127.50
Bastyr/NIAOM Saturday only after 4/25 $ 155.00
BU Staff both days $225 ($112.50 per day) after 4/25 $ 112.50
BU Staff Saturday only after 4/25 $ 135.00
Full-Time Student both days $95 ($47.50 per day) $ 47.50
Full-Time Student Saturday only $ 50.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
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Research has shown that the main factor leading to successful clinical outcomes is the therapeutic relationship. The primary tool we have toward developing that relationship is ourselves. The challenge is in deciding whether or how much of ourselves to bring to any given therapeutic moment. May 3, Sat, 9a.m.-4:30p.m. Instructor: Michael Kahn, LPC, JD. (6 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)

The psychiatrist Karl Menninger said “When in doubt be human”, but what are the practical implications of that statement for therapists? This seminar will provide a forum to consider how you choose to develop the therapeutic relationship and utilize “yourself”, from the first session through the last.

We will watch entertaining and provocative “client-practitioner” clips from theatrical films and review clinical scenarios to serve as a springboard to lively discussions about the insights and reactions raised. Relevant ethics codes will be discussed throughout. You will leave with an increased self-awareness about the basis for your choices and ready to make new decisions that will help clients reach their goals.

Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast boundary crossings and violations, including a discussion of self-disclosure and touch
  • Identify decision-making models for dual relationships
  • Identify the factors to improve ethical decision making
  • Describe self-care as the foundation for ethical decisions 
  • Describe how to manage terminations throughout the client/practitioner relationship
  • Describe premature terminations, “failures” in therapy and what therapists can do to avoid them

Cost Notes: Receive a discount, register by April 25.

Meals: One hour lunch break - Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr's dining commons

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #1011. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PDAs, CMEs):
CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)
CEUs available for marriage & family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers licensed in WA
CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA
CEUs available for PTs & OTs licensed in WA
NCBTMB CEs pending approval for LMPs
CEUs available for ARNPs & RNs licensed in WA
CEUs available for DCs licensed in WA
Category II CMEs available for MDs & PAs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points approved for LAc’s
CEUs approved for LAc’s licensed in CA
ADA CPEUs pending approval for RDs
ARCB CEs approved for reflexologists in WA

Michael Kahn, LPC, JD holds a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. He has been a counselor since 1994 and his areas of focus include grief, men’s issues and career satisfaction. Michael presents training workshops on ethics, grief, diversity and other topics for mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including for the U.S. military. He also presents ethics workshops for attorneys.

Michael wrote the chapter Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement” in Cinemeducation, Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education. He is among the forefront in his field on the use of film in therapy and workshops. In his free time Michael makes documentary films.