Continuing Education & Resources for Mental Health Professionals

Upcoming Workshops

  • Beginnings & Endings:

    Ethical Responsibilities & Potential Pitfalls
    FAIRFAX VA
    March 11, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - noon

    INTRODUCTION:  Placing Intakes & Terminations Into Ethical Context PART ONE: BEGINNINGS A. Ethical Requirements About Beginning Relationships B. Legal Requirements About Clinical Beginnings: Virginia Licensing Board Standards Federal HIPAA Regulations C. Ethical Implications of these Legal Requirements D. Clinical Implications Of these Ethical & Legal Requirements E. Creating Safe Beginnings: Providing Information Obtaining Client Consent […]

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  • Promises Kept, Promises Broken

    Ethical Implications of Loyalty Conflicts & Conflicts of Interest
    FAIRFAX VA
    March 11, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    This workshop explores some of the loyalty conflicts and conflicts of interest inherent in clinical work and considers ways of reducing their impact. We will explore ethical, legal, clinical and personal implications of denying their existence or failing to explain them to patients, as well as resources for helping us respond to them. Acknowledging Potential […]

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  • Keeping Secrets

    Ethics Checklists for Protecting Confidentiality Rights
    RICHMOND VA
    April 29, 2017
    9:00 am - noon

    The topic of confidentiality has become very complex, so this workshop uses a series of checklists based on the presenter’s six-step Ethical Practice Model to help clinicians maintain an ethical focus even when faced with clinical complications and legal demands for disclosure of confidential information. I. How Did “Confidentiality Ethics” Become so Complicated? A. Confidentiality […]

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  • 6 Temptations

    RICHMOND VA
    April 29, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    In certain areas of clinical practice, we are at risk for “crossing the line” into unethical or unprofessional actions — sometimes in minor ways, sometimes in ways that put patients – and thus ourselves – at risk. We will illustrate some problematic areas of practice with examples from Virginia licensing board cases and with video […]

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  • Couples in Therapy

    Ethical, Legal & Practical Issues in Couples Therapy
    CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
    May 19, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - noon

    When working with couples in therapy, certain policies and practices can predictably create ethical dilemmas &/or lead to legal complications. Couple therapy is difficult enough without adding unnecessary complications. This workshop is designed to help you anticipate, prevent, and/or minimize risks to clients – and thus to yourself. John T. Schroll, Ph.D. Mary Alice Fisher, […]

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  • Acculturation & Competence

    Monitoring Our Professional Acculturation & Creating a Competent Community
    CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
    May 19, 2017
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    We are ethically and professionally responsible for developing and maintaining a certain level of competence in our clinical work.  One aspect of this development involves “acculturation”  —  acceptance of our professional culture and its ethical standards.  This workshop is about developing a professional identity and making professional connections that help us learn and provide ongoing […]

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  • Deliberate Dual Relationships

    When Are They Ethically Acceptable?
    FAIRFAX
    June 10, 2017
    9:00 am - noon

    We will talk briefly about legally-imposed (“involuntary”) dual relationships, but our primary focus will be on the voluntary non-sexual dual relationships that we enter deliberately. Not all dual relationships are unethical, but if we create them, we do need to be prepared to recognize their ethical implications.   I.  Ethical Standards About Dual Relationships  II.  […]

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  • Ethics Q&A

    FAIRFAX VA
    June 10, 2017
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    I will bring questions to this “Ethics Q&A” session, but this workshop will be based primarily on the questions you ask. Register now to save your place, but meanwhile you are free to submit questions to me in advance at Fisher@Virginia.edu . The list below will grow as I add my questions and yours. Your […]

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  • Deliberate Dual Relationships

    When Are They Ethically Acceptable?
    WILLIAMSBURG VA
    June 24, 2017
    9:00 am - noon

    We will talk briefly about legally-imposed (“involuntary”) dual relationships, but our primary focus will be on the voluntary non-sexual dual relationships that we enter deliberately. Not all dual relationships are unethical, but if we create them, we do need to be prepared to recognize their ethical implications.   I.  Ethical Standards About Dual Relationships II.  […]

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  • 10 Ethically Important Distinctions

    WILLIAMSBURG VA
    June 24, 2017
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Are you clear about the differences reflected in the list below? Why it is ethically important to make these distinctions carefully? How might patients/clients be harmed if we fail to do that? What might be the risk to you and/or clients if you fail to do that?     I. Personal Moral Code vs. Professional Ethics […]

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