Ethics of Trauma Treatment

4 User Reviews

CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

This program was originally webcast live on October 28, 2011 but is now available as an On-Demand Video Program.

This workshop explores issues in the mindful application of ethics, in which the therapist has engaged in self-reflection regarding his/her ability to ethically treat this population and is firmly grounded in and aware of the risks and challenges. This self-reflection involves the therapist’s ability to integrate awareness of and empathy for the needs of self and client in the therapeutic relationship, to maintain ongoing awareness of potential pitfalls, and to seek consultation and to learn from therapeutic mistakes. Common ethical dilemmas that are encountered in trauma treatment will be explored and discussed through didactic presentation illustrated with case examples. Major issues involving the treatment frame and the maintenance of appropriate and professional boundaries, especially during times of crises and as a result of attachment and trauma-based relational challenges will be included. Also discussed will be special issues such as responsibility of supervisors, treatment of a patient sexually abused by a previous therapist, suicidality, risk to others, safety, and self-injury.

Learning Objective 1
Identify five areas of risk in the treatment of traumatized individuals. 

Learning Objective 2
Describe common treatment approaches in the treatment of traumatized individuals.

Learning Objective 3 
Describe several strategies for self-reflection and self-care when ethical dilemmas arise in the treatment of traumatized individuals.

Presenter: Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP

Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP is a Psychologist in independent practice in Washington, DC. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in College Park, in 1979. Dr. Courtois is President-Elect of Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and has recently published a revision of Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (2010, 1988) and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide (2009) co-edited with Dr. Julian Ford. She is currently co-authoring a text on the treatment of complex trauma with Dr. Ford (Guilford), scheduled to be published in 2011 and co-editing a book on trauma and spirituality (American Psychological Association Books) to be published in 2011. She has authored two other books, Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines (1999) and Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model (1993). Dr. Coutois has published numerous articles and chapters on related topics and is the Associate Editor of the new APA journal, Psychological Trauma: Theoy, Research, Practice, & Policy. She is Co-Founder (with Dr. Joan Turkus) and pas Clinical and Training Director of The Center: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, Washington, DC.


Supplementary Materials

  • Ethics of Trauma Treatment Slides

4 User Reviews

"Excellent presenter; well-organized and thoughtful."
— Anonymous

"Engaging and informative, with wide-ranging applications and impact. I would highly recommend this course."
— Anonymous

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— Kimberly B.