- Bruce J. Spencer, Phd
- 2 Hours 36 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Feb 10, 2020
The relationship between the therapist and client.
- Ethics and Standards Overview
- Objectivity and your clients
- Clinical presence and professional influence
- Rationalizations that can harm the client
- Opinions and values the therapist needs to manage
- Ethical disclosures and confidentiality limits
- Informed consent and education of client about mandated disclosures
- Your obligation when imminent risk of danger is present for the client or others
- Decisions to inform third parties and documentation
There are multiple relationships.
- Interpreting the ethical language regarding relationships
- What constitutes a boundary crossing vs. an ethical violation?
- Is a client necessarily always “off bounds” with regard to future social interaction?
- What exceptions exist and are they legitimate?
There is ethical practice in a techno world.
- Risks of using email, texting, “tweeting” and other electronic messaging
- Risks of social networking with clients
- Internet and Skype counseling risks
- Can a clinician be 100% socially and culturally competent?
- If the clinician does not feel competent with a specific socio-cultural issue, does referring the client to another make a negative statement to the client?
- Does a clinician need to be an “expert” to counsel persons of diversity?
There are treatment plans and documentation.
- Over-emphasis on a diagnostic labels vs treating the client
- Establish a true conjoint treatment plan that addresses the client’s needs and abilities
- Attention to appropriate documentation and avoiding “omission or exaggeration” of client issues
- Informing the client of the treatment focus and ultimate goal of successful termination
- Maintaining focus of the treatment on the original goals
Bruce J. Spencer is a doctor. I have 44 years of experience as a clinician and administrator of mental health and chemical dependency programs. He has 10 years of experience as an adjunct professor of psychology and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He has published many articles about ethics. He has more than 1,000 hours of advanced education in ethics, a certification in Advanced Ethical Studies, and has presented ethics seminars for 40 years. He is licensed in Washington, Michigan, and the National Board of Counselors Association.
Bruce Spencer gets a speaking honorarium.
Bruce Spencer does not have a relevant non-financial relationship.
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