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Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Psychotherapy
Course # - CPSY x932
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 4/6
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PSY), Or: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MFT/other)
· Distinguish between scope of practice and scope of competence
· Explain the meaning of "standard of care"
· Understand the limits to confidentiality
· Explain informed consent and issues of consent in treatment of minors
· Have concrete examples of how to prepare an informed consent document
· Explain ethical concerns around multiple relationships and bartering
· Have a more concrete plan for your own therapist self-care
Professional ethics is much more than a set of rules and strategies to avoid legal liability and professional censure. Rather, it is a fundamental way of being in relationship with clients, students, supervisees, and colleagues that both promotes development and prevents harm.
This interactive workshop will provide you with the information you need and also give you a change to sharpen your own ethical decision-making skills at the same time. We will discuss issues of informed consent, confidentiality, reporting laws, client rights and counselor responsibilities, etc. The format will include case studies, brief presentations, discussion, and didactic exercises designed to help you explore your own values and ethical framework. This workshop is tailored specifically for MFTs.
Donald D. St. Louis, MFT, D.MIN., is a licensed therapist in private practice in San Francisco and Santa Clara. He teaches in the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology and the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University.