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Beginnings & Endings:
Ethical Issues and Practical Implications

Saturday, May 5, 2007 - Newport News
Monday, June 4, 2007 - Charlottesville
Friday, June 22, 2007 - Fairfax
Saturday, November 10, 2007 - Richmond
Saturday, March 11, 2017, Fairfax

What are our ethical and legal responsibilities as we begin a clinical relationship?
What are our ethical and legal obligations when ending a relationship?
How can the beginning help to create a better ending?
How might a “professional will” protect clients in the event of unexpected endings?


INTRODUCTION: Placing Intakes & Terminations Into Ethical Context


A. Ethical Requirements About Beginning Relationships

B. Legal Requirements About Clinical Beginnings

C. Clinical Implications Of These Ethical & Legal Requirements

D. Creating Safe Beginnings

Providing Information & Obtaining Client Consent
Avoiding Pitfalls

E. Marking the Transition from Intake to Intervention:


A. Ethical Requirements About Ending Relationships

B. Legal Considerations When Ending Clinical Relationships

C. Clinical Issues With Ethical Implications

Planned “Timely” Endings
Therapist-Guided “Early” Endings
Patient-Initiated “Abrupt & Untimely” Endings
Financially-Driven Premature Terminations

D. Closing a Practice – Retirement, Relocation, Illness, Death

E. Planning Ahead: Preparing a  “Professional Will”

 III. IMPLEMENTATION: Using Beginnings to Create Safer Endings

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This workshop offers three (3) Continuing Education (CE) credits in Ethics/Laws.
CE Certificates will be awarded at the completion of workshop attendance.
You may contact your state licensing board to confirm approval for license renewal.

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