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The Ethical Dilemmas No One Talks About: Clarifying Boundaries

The ethical rules for therapists used to be straightforward and unambiguous: no gifts, no dual relationships, and no out-of-session contact. But the ease of digital connection and the shift in our profession’s norms have introduced new questions about professional boundaries.

  • How exactly do we manage relationships through email, texting, and social media?
  • Should we Google clients before our first session?
  • If I live in a small town, how can I avoid dual-relationships?
  • Where is the line drawn for interactions outside of the office?

Watch Mary Jo Barrett and Linda Stone Fish and you will discover how to establish boundaries with your clients and avoid compassion fatigue. One of the most difficult aspects of being a therapist is not over-expending yourself, but still be an effective resource for your client. Mary Jo Barrett and Linda Stone Fish’s witty and humorous personalities will shine as they guide you through real-life examples and today’s techniques on how to create ethical attunement within your therapeutic encounters.


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Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD |  Mary Jo Barrett, MSW
4 Hours 43 Minutes
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Mar 22, 2018
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 4.75 hours CPD.



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Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD., is the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University and the author of Nurturing Queer Youth.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Linda Stone Fish is in private practice. She is a David B. Falk Endowed Professor at Syracuse University.

Non-financial: Linda Stone Fish is a member of the American Family Therapy Association.

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Mary Jo Barrett, MSW Related seminars and products

Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, and the coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and Systemic Treatment of Incest.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mary Jo Barrett is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change.

Non-financial: Mary Jo Barrett has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Develop a comprehensive knowledge of compassion fatigue by discovering the causes and its effects on the therapeutic relationship.
  2. Create ethical attunement in a clinical setting by utilizing boundary-setting and self-disclosure techniques.
  3. Evaluate the essential elements of creating safe contexts for purposes of co-regulation between therapist and client, as well as, client personal growth and change.
  4. Explore the clinical implications of when the therapist is not ethically attuned with the client.
  5. Utilize the Collaborative Change Model in a clinical setting to help decipher the various stages within a therapeutic encounter and help initialize ethical boundaries between the client and therapist.


  • Psychotherapist's Journey
Ethical Attunement as Boundary Regulation
  • How to Set Boundaries in A Clinical Setting
  • Creating Dilemma Awareness
  • Essential Elements of Creating Safe Contexts
  • Boundary-Setting Techniques
  • Components of Regulation
  • Self-Disclosure and Boundaries
How to Maintain our Energy to Ensure We Make Wise and Ethical Decisions
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Self-Disclosure
The Collaborative Change Model for Setting Ground Rules about Therapist- Client Relationship

Target Audience

Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 285


Joanne B - Douglas, Wyoming

"The best Ethics program I have had in my career. Thank you!"

Sarah K - Webster, North Carolina

"This is by far one of the absolute BEST ethics courses I have taken for CEs for renewing my licensure!!!!!! Thank you so much for offering this course online. I will be recommending it to other clinicians!"

Mercedes R - MAGNOLIA, Arkansas

"More helpful than any other boundary presentation I've seen in years. Thank you!"

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