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Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in Behavioral Health - Webinar

  • ID: 4985712
  • Webinar
  • March 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 90 Minutes
  • NetZealous LLC
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Is it ever appropriate for behavioral health professionals to maintain relationships with clients after services are terminated?

Should practitioners ever disclose personal information to clients or hire former clients? How should clinicians interact with clients online, respond to gifts and social invitations from clients, or handle unexpected encounters with clients in the local community? This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of boundary issues and dual relationships that arise in behavioral health.

Participants will learn how to identify and respond constructively to complex boundary issues, protect clients, prevent professional malpractice, and avoid liability. Key topics will include the nature of boundary issues, types of dual relationships, and risk-management strategies to protect clients and prevent lawsuits and licensing board complaints. Dr. Reamer, author of the book Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press), will focus especially on complex boundary issues that have emerged in the digital age.

Why you should Attend:
Boundary and dual relationship issues are among the most significant ethical challenges faced by behavioral health professionals. Skillful management of these issues (1) protects clients from harm and (2) significantly reduces the likelihood of lawsuits and licensing board complaints filed against practitioners.

It is particularly important for practitioners to understand how to navigate ethically ambiguous boundary and dual relationship issues, especially involving practitioners' increased use of digital and online technology to communicate with clients and deliver services.

Areas Covered in the Session:
  • The concepts of boundaries and dual relationships in behavioral health
  • Typology of boundary issues and dual relationships: exploring the themes of intimacy, emotional and dependency needs, personal benefit, altruism, unavoidable circumstances
  • Trends in ethics complaints and lawsuits
  • Risk-management strategies to maintain proper boundaries in behavioral health
  • Ethical decision-making strategies
Who Will Benefit:
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Substance use Disorder Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
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Frederic Reamer, Ph.D., is professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He chaired the national task force that wrote the code of ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers. Reamer is the author of more than 20 books and 140 journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters. He has been a social worker in correctional and mental health settings and specializes in professional ethics.
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