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Couples & Family Psychology: The Ethical Challenges and Concerns in Teaching, Supervision and Clinical Practice

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Length: 3 hours

This program was originally webcast on April 19, 2013, and is now available on-demand.

Ethical concerns about such issues as confidentiality, informed consent, competency, who is the patient, secrecy and privacy, record keeping, insurance billing, and hiring an investigator to check on a suspected affair, etc., are even more complex in couple and family treatment than in individual treatment. These often challenging and perplexing dilemmas, for which there are no simple right or wrong answers, will constitute the issues addressed in this workshop. They will be explored from the purviews of the instructor, the supervisor and the clinician and some pathways toward resolution will be delineated.

Learning Objective 1
Identify the most frequent ethical and legal issues that cause distress to couple and family psychologists.

Learning Objective 2
Utilize standard operating procedures to avoid the most common problems – such as clear written contracts, articulating one’s practice policies, and distributing fact sheets about these.

Learning Objective 3
Recognize when they cannot and should not maintain “therapist neutrality” and how to handle this in terms of risk management and the possibility of engendering a serious rupture in the therapeutic process.

Presenter: Florence Kaslow, Ph.D.

Dr. Kaslow is President, Kaslow Associates, a coaching and consulting firm, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and Distinguished Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Psychology, Florida Institute of Technology. Board Certified in Clinical, Family and Forensic Psychology, she is editor or author of 31 books, 60 chapters, and 190 plus articles.  She is a Past President of the International Family Therapy Association, International Academy of Family Psychology, Divisions of Family Psychology and Media Psychology of American Psychological Association.  She is recipient of many professional awards including:  APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Advancement of Psychology (2000), American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology (2008).  A sought after speaker, she has guest lectured in over 50 countries, is a Past Editor of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and serves on Editorial Boards of numerous U.S. and foreign journals.


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