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Ethical Considerations of Dual Relationships

The client and therapist relationship - how do clinicians navigate the possibility of a dual relationship? What ethical principles and standards should be considered? These are both important questions that will be addressed in this workshop on the ethical considerations of dual relationships. While some therapists may not encounter the possibility of a dual relationship, others will. Knowing how to manage these situations is key to ethical practice. 

We will examine the qualities of a dual relationship and provide case examples of common dilemmas in this area. Learners will increase their ethical framework for exercising appropriate professional boundaries with clients and their relationships. Categories of dual relationships will be presented and discussion will center on using critical thinking skills to identify best practices. Special consideration will be given to diversity in dual relationships, such as rural settings and racial and ethnic influences to dual relationships. Learners will have increased clinical judgment in identifying appropriate professional relationships with clients.

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Ethical Considerations of Dual Relationships

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$59.99 Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW

The client and therapist relationship - how do clinicians navigate the possibility of a dual relationship? What ethical principles and standards should be considered? These are both important questions that will be addressed in this workshop on the ethical considerations of dual relationships. While some therapists may not encounter the possibility of a dual relationship, others will. Knowing how to manage these situations is key to ethical practice. 

We will examine the qualities of a dual relationship and provide case examples of common dilemmas in this area. Learners will increase their ethical framework for exercising appropriate professional boundaries with clients and their relationships. Categories of dual relationships will be presented and discussion will center on using critical thinking skills to identify best practices. Special consideration will be given to diversity in dual relationships, such as rural settings and racial and ethnic influences to dual relationships. Learners will have increased clinical judgment in identifying appropriate professional relationships with clients.

About the Presenter

Diane Bigler has over 25 years of experience in the mental health field as a clinician, Professor, and educator. Her clinical background includes outpatient and in-home therapy and early intervention. Diane has expertise in content development, continuing education training, and corporate wellness and leadership coaching. Diane is passionate about providing quality professional development to clinicians, employees, and leaders.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

Ethical Considerations of Dual Relationships

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Presenter: Diane Bigler, LCSW, LSCSW

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Course Length: 3 Hours

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify qualities of dual relationships and at least three key considerations.
  2. Participants will be able to select and employ at least five strategies to have ethical boundaries and relationships with clients.
  3. Participants will be able to build confidence in assessing their professional role in ethical dilemmas involving dual relationships.

This workshop Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

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The client and therapist relationship - how do clinicians navigate the possibility of a dual relationship? What ethical principles and standards should be considered? These are both important questions that will be addressed in this workshop on the ethical considerations of dual relationships. While some therapists may not encounter the possibility of a dual relationship, others will. Knowing how to manage these situations is key to ethical practice. 

We will examine the qualities of a dual relationship and provide case examples of common dilemmas in this area. Learners will increase their ethical framework for exercising appropriate professional boundaries with clients and their relationships. Categories of dual relationships will be presented and discussion will center on using critical thinking skills to identify best practices. Special consideration will be given to diversity in dual relationships, such as rural settings and racial and ethnic influences to dual relationships. Learners will have increased clinical judgment in identifying appropriate professional relationships with clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify qualities of dual relationships and at least three key considerations.
  2. Participants will be able to select and employ at least five strategies to have ethical boundaries and relationships with clients.
  3. Participants will be able to build confidence in assessing their professional role in ethical dilemmas involving dual relationships.

Agenda:

Defining Dual Relationships (30 mins)

  • What are they?
  • How do they happen?
  • What does the research say?/what do clinicians say?
  • Boundary crossing vs boundary violation
  • Case examples to consider
  • Group boundaries exercise

Moral and Ethical Guidelines (30 mins)

  • Autonomy and nonmaleficence
  • What do our codes of ethics say? (NASW, AAMFT, ACA, APA)
  • Ethical dilemma case studies
  • Video clip: therapist consultation discussion
  • Movie case study: "Prime"

Recommendations and Guidelines for Practice (1.15 hours)

  • First impressions are important: Informed consent
  • Prevention and action
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Categories of dual relationships
  • Assessing multiple relationships
  • Negative consequences
  • Is dual always bad?
  • Key guidelines for practice
  • case studies
  • Practice question video

Diversity Considerations (30 mins)

  • Dual relationships in rural settings
  • Considerations of race, ethnicity and other diversity factors
  • Case studies of diversity and culture in dual relationships

Closing, Q&A, Reflection (15 mins)

 



This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: intermediate
Level of Clinician: intermediate
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.


  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program. These credits are also accepted by the Maryland Boards for Professional Counselors, Psychology, and Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals, and many other states and disciplines.

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*exclusions apply for reasonable need and cause.