On Friday, September 14th, Psych Bytes will be hosting TWO continuing educations for a grand total of 6 CE credits! If you’d only like to attend one of the two continuing educations, click on the links below:
Details of Ethics Continuing Education
Throughout their careers, psychotherapists are confronted with a variety of ethical questions and challenges. Many will face client complaints to licensing and regulatory authorities and some will even face threats of legal action.
The relationship between the therapist and the client shapes the extent to which clients will be able to change in psychotherapy (Markin, 2014). Outside of individual client factors, it accounts for more variability in treatment outcome than any other factor—including therapeutic technique or theoretical orientation (Norcross & Lambert, 2011).
Given that psychotherapy is relationship-based, how psychotherapists conduct themselves in these relationships has not only clinical but also significant ethical implications.
Current research indicates that relationship factors are critical in determining whether psychotherapists receive ethical complaints or malpractice claims.
In fact, providers who receive fewer claims are more likely to communicate more effectively with clients by providing clear information and explanations and inviting clients to express their opinions and concerns about treatment (Levinson et al., 1997).
In this workshop, we will discuss some of the most common ethical pitfalls that expose psychotherapists to ethics and malpractice complaints and how to avoid them. We will discuss topics including confidentiality, informed consent, mandatory reporting, and multiple relationships with a focus on digital ethics.
We will then discuss how attention to relationship factors and interpersonal communication can help providers manage ethical minefields more effectively. Finally, we will discuss practical steps that providers can take to manage risk exposure.
Learning Objectives of Ethics Continuing Education
- Participants will be able to fully discuss common ethical pitfalls that increase the risk of ethics and malpractice complaints and their parameters, including:
- The limits of confidentiality
- The role of a mandated reporter
- The concept of informed consent
- The dynamics of multiple relationships with a focus on digital ethics
- Participants will be able to describe relational factors and interpersonal communication techniques that can help manage risk exposure in these contexts
- Participants will be able to describe practical ways that they can manage risk while protecting their clients and upholding their personal values.
About Jan Newman, Ph.D.
Jan Newman, J.D., Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who specializes in providing evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment for trauma and PTSD, ADHD, and behavioral concerns, anxiety, mood disorders, and interpersonal and relationship difficulties.
Details of Suicide Continuing Education
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in our country has risen over the last 15 years with half of our states experiencing a 30% increase.
Mental health clinicians are at the forefront of the rising rate of suicides, yet research shows that very few therapists receive training on suicide prevention leaving providers ill-equipped to appropriately respond to a suicidal client.
It is highly likely that clinicians will encounter suicidal clients at some point in their career. It is essential for therapists to be well-educated about suicide in order to reduce risk to their clients and to protect themselves from a liability perspective.
This workshop will cover information on how to identify clients at risk and steps for intervening to promote safety. Aspects of documentation around assessment and intervention will be discussed.
What we know about preventing suicide has rapidly changed and is still evolving. This training will review some of the new research in the field of Suicidology and explore how suicide assessment is changing going forward.
Lastly, we will discuss suicide loss and how it can impact a clinician and the clients we serve. We will explore steps to take to manage the loss of a client and how to support clients who have experienced a death of a loved on to suicide.
Learning Objectives of Suicide Continuing Education
- Participants will be able to describe warning signs of suicide risk
- Participants will be able to list and describe at least 2 active steps they can take to intervene with a suicidal client
- Participants will be able to list at least 2 recent developments in the field of Suicidology
- Participants will be able to describe postvention steps they can utilize in their practice
Amanda McGough, Ph.D.
Amanda McGough, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Board Member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s North Carolina Chapter. She gives talks on suicide prevention and postvention throughout the region. Dr. McGough specializes in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to treat suicidal ideation, self-harming, anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, and interpersonal difficulties.