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Extending the Holding Environment from Our Home to Theirs: Ethical Considerations in Teletherapy

Karen L. Smith, MSS, LCSW

Thursday, September 24, 2020 | $81

3CE Credits Available for Psychologists, PA/NJ/DE LPCs and LMFTs, and LMFTs, and PA/DE Social Workers. Meets ethics requirements.

Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The following entities accept continuing education credits provided by APA-approved sponsors: the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors; the New Jersey State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners; the Delaware State Board of Professional Counselors of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals; the Delaware State Board of Social Work Examiners.

Workshop Description:

Telehealth is a radical change to the clinical frame. Most of us have had years to develop practices to establish the integrity of how we approach our work and offer a holding environment for our clients’ selfcontemplation. But in these last months we have had to quickly establish a whole new structure to how we offer containment. We might well have established sloppy practices that do not reflect the integrity we have woven into our clinical frame over the years of our practice. As it becomes clear that we may be practicing teletherapy for a significant period moving forward, it serves us to engage thoughtfully in how to ensure ethical and clinically solid practices in our new paradigm.

This workshop will explore management of the following:

  • Ensuring our clients’ confidentiality is not at risk in our home or theirs
  • Assisting our clients in creating an appropriate environment in their homes for in depth clinical work as opposed to the risk of falling into more casual conversant therapy
  • Giving thought to how we might ensure our own external and internal environments are at the ready for offering a containing clinical context
  • Preparing for handling a confluence of shared experiences related to the pandemic/social isolation with our clients

Workshop Level
–Appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience

Learning Objectives: After this workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Identify risks and solutions to breaches of confidentiality in new teletherapy practice
  2. Create a protocol to support clients in reducing distraction in their environment
  3. Rehearse tactics for addressing shared pandemic/social distancing stressors with clients
  4. Develop telehealth approach to offering containing function for client

Online via Zoom Videoconferencing

Registration Required:

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