Title: “Ethics and Boundary Issues”
Presenter: Burt Bertram, Ed.D., LMFT, LMHC
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The professional work of a Mental Health Counselor as well as the other FS 491 licensees presents unique ethical and legal challenges. Providing psychotherapy to individuals, counseling couples and families, and facilitating group counseling inevitably generates issues around defining and maintaining boundaries. Boundary challenges have taken on yet another complication during the pandemic when much of out-patient therapy has shifted from in-person to virtual. When practitioners fail to identify, define and enforce boundaries, complications leading to complaints to the licensing board and/or lawsuits, are almost inevitable.
This presentation will remind practicing mental health practitioners of the purpose and value of professional association codes of ethics including the AMHCA Code of Ethics (2015), the ACA Code of Ethics (2014) and applicable state statutes and rules. Additionally, participants will be introduced to a Legal/Ethical Decision-Making Model and will apply the model to a complicated case study.