The Ethical Path: Navigating Therapeutic Power, Boundaries, and Self-Care

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Date Feb 12, 2015
Time 12:00 PM EDT
Cost $49.00
Where should you draw the line with your clients? Find out what the ethical codes say about power and proper boundaries in therapeutic relationships.

Full Description:
Ethics is much more than just “the law.” Therapists regularly encounter ethical dilemmas that are not as clearly defined, and they must be informed in order to make sound decisions.

During this webinar participants will examine the role of therapeutic power and its resulting dynamics in therapy. Dr. Patterson discusses professional boundaries during her presentation, focusing on the importance of therapists and counselors keeping themselves safe ethically and legally. The webinar also addresses self-care, including professionalism and the implications when self-care is lacking.

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
Describe the role that power plays in therapy 
Determine how to make ethical decisions in difficult situations
Analyze the challenges of boundary setting in a therapeutic relationship
Outline important steps in self-care for the therapist
Explain why lack of self-care can lead to lack of professionalism

Your Presenter:
FRANCES PATTERSON, PhD, LADAC, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS, is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in Tennessee, and a Master Addictions Counselor and Qualified Substance Abuse Professional through the National Association of Addictions Professionals (NAADAC). She holds a certification as a Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist and is a board certified professional counselor with the American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Patterson is a Certified Clinical Supervisor in the State of Tennessee and oral examiner for A&D licensure. She has worked as a clinician and program administrator in treatment programs in Virginia and Tennessee for 25 years. Dr. Patterson is owner of Footprints Consulting Services, LLC in Nashville, Tennessee. She provides program consultation, professional training, clinical supervision, and client education and assessment. She is the chair of NAADAC's clinical issues committee and member of the ethics committee, member of the NAADAC Trainers Academy, and NAADAC approved trainer. 

In 2005, Dr. Patterson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award by Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and in 2006 she received the Mel Schulstad award, NAADAC's national Professional of the Year award. She has conducted professional training locally, statewide, and nationally for more than 15 years on addictions, mental health, and professional counseling issues to a variety of disciplines. She is recently published in Addiction Professional magazine. She is well known for her professionalism, sense of humor, and ability to engage her audience in the topics she presents.

Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link:

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Case Managers Educators, Pastoral Counselors/Clergy


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