Law & Ethics: Tough calls, moral dilemmas, technology, and more
Ben Caldwell, Psy.D.
Our morals and values inevitably influence our work. When we have clear legal and ethical standards to guide us, we defer to those standards. But often, when faced with difficult decisions, our standards offer conflicting guidance, or none at all. This can confuse clients, who wonder whether their therapist will truly understand or support their choices. Through the use of case examples, this workshop will show how our individual morals and values influence therapy work even when we seek to appear neutral; how to identify your own morals and values relevant to your practice; and why owning those values matters.
Goals for this workshop include (1) Assisting therapists in understanding the role that their own morals and values play in clinical and ethical decision-making; (2) Encouraging therapists to think critically about that role and its implications for therapy; (3) Informing therapists about recent developments in court cases and ethical standards related to the personal values of the therapist; and (4) Encouraging therapists toward transparency with clients about the therapist’s values, in accordance with ethical standards and the therapist’s theoretical orientation.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Identify at least two personal morals and values most relevant to their psychotherapy practice
- Differentiate between a personal opinion, a clinical opinion, advice-giving, and imposing personal values
- Construct a framework for clinical and ethical decision-making that integrates personal morals and values in a manner that is within professional ethical boundaries and appropriate to their clientele
- Identify three common frameworks for making value-based decisions
- Identify at least two implications from court cases involving mental health students’ moral decision making.
Benjamin Caldwell is the author of five books, including Basics of California Law for
LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and Saving Psychotherapy. He serves as adjunct faculty for California
State University Northridge. In his role as Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the
California Division of AAMFT, he was directly involved in California’s first-in-the-nation ban on
reparative therapy for minors, and drove the change in title from “intern” to “associate” for pre-licensed
MFTs and PCCs. For his advocacy work, he was awarded the AAMFT Division Contribution Award in
2013. He maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in working with couples.
LUNCH AND SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED
Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency Provider # 62278
CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Certificates: Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.
Refund Policy: If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 24 hours in advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10) working days.
Grievance: If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member. We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site. If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience. Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations. If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance.
Presenter Non-Appearance Policy
In the unlikely event that a scheduled presenter does not appear for a scheduled event, the following steps will be used to remediate inconvenience to attendees:
An announcement will be made to inform everyone that CEU credits cannot be provided due to inability to meet CAMFT standards for advance notice, etc.
The meeting will be held. Attendees will be encouraged to participate for the purpose of professional development.
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