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Law and Ethics: Therapeutic Ethics in the Movies, 26 Ways to Protect your License, and Ethical-Moral Junctions in Therapy

  • Friday, October 06, 2023
  • Saturday, October 07, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Friday, October 06, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:15 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, October 07, 2023, 9:00 AM 12:15 PM (PDT)


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Presented by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Includes 6 CE credits
You must attend both days, no partial credit offered.

Dr. Zur uses vignettes from popular movies and television shows to teach therapists about boundaries and ethical issues, highlighting and clarifying ethical ambiguities. He examines what constitutes ethical practice, including current issues on digital and telehealth ethics. Dr. Zur will outline common licensure complaints and lawsuits and the steps to take to protect oneself against these common complaints. He also explores the significance of context, personal values, and moral junctions faced by mental health professionals.

Having a licensure complaint or lawsuit filed usually cause a lot of stress and anxiety for a clinician; therefore, learning the things to do (and not do) in order to avoid these experiences is ideal. In the second section, Dr. Zur will outline “Over 20 Ways to Protect Your License from Licensing Board Complaints.” This section ensures that participants are equipped to understand the ethical, legal, and clinical risks impacting them. Topics will also include some of the complex issues related to therapists engaging with clients via texting and social media and some of the main ethical considerations surrounding telehealth.

“Is It Ever Ethical or Moral? Ethical-Moral Junctions in Psychotherapy,” Dr. Zur focuses on ethics in psychotherapy, exploring the significance of context, personal values, and moral junctions faced by mental health professionals. He will discuss challenging hypothetical questions and scenarios for clinicians such as...
Is it ethical or moral to bring about..

  • Increased probability of patients' suicides?
  • Denying peoples· wish for 'End of Life' option?
  • Denying help for women patients seeking abortions?
  • Increase the chance of client . . . death?
  • Execution of death-row inmates?
  • Racially based pathological diagnoses?
  • Denial of civil liberties for sex offenders?
  • Denial of lifesaving organ transplants to 'receivers'?
  • Increased prisoners' risk for abuse or death?

A recording will be made available for one month to all registrants. For those who can't attend live, CE credit is available by watching the recording and passing a test.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this course participants will be able to:

        1. List 3 ethical concerns that arise from the use of telehealth.
        2. Identify 2 common behaviors that lead to complaints being filed against their state license(s).
        3. Identify 3 moral junctions that therapists may face in their line of work.
        4. Define at least 2 competing concerns that therapists may face when deciding to recommend involuntary hospitalization for suicidal clients.

            Educational Goals

            Therapists’ benefit is, hopefully, to increase their efficacy, understand the complexities of the standard of care, be flexible to work effectively in different settings according to the context of therapy and avoid boards’ complaints.

              About the Presenter

              Ofer Zur (he/him), PhD, Sebastopol, CA, is a clinical & forensic psychologist, and has been in practice for 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the founder of the Zur Institute, which offers over 150 online continuing education courses for mental health practitioners. Dr. Zur has written four books & hundreds of articles and has lectured world-wide on topics ranging from Psychotherapy Ethics, Boundaries and Dual Relationships in Psychotherapy to Psychology of Victims, Gender & War. Dr. Zur's CV: https://drzur.com/resume/ For more personal overview of Dr. Zur’s background: https://drzur.com/#zest

              Class Schedule

              October 6th
              9:00 am    Presentation #1: Ethics in Movies
              12:00 pm  Q & A
              12:15 pm   Program ends
              October 7th
              9:00 am    Presentation #2: Protect your license
              10:15 am  Q&A
              10:45 am    Presentation #3: Moral Junction
              12:00 pm  Q & A
              12:15 pm   Program ends


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              Reamer, F. G. (2023). Ethical practices in forensic social work: Best practices. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 7, pp. 32-43.

              Reamer, F. G. (2023). Ethical practice in a post-Roe world: A guide for social workers. Social Work, 68(2), pp. 150-158.

              Reamer, F. G., (2023). Moral disengagement in social work. Social Work, April 2023. Available at: https://academic.oup.com/sw/advance-article/doi/10.1093/sw/swad014/7142894?utm_source=authortollfreelink&utm_campaign=sw&utm_medium=email&guestAccessKey=875d5672-451f-46f5-bb11-bcea162ddf29

              Reamer, F. G., (2023). When the client is a struggling clinical social worker: Ethical challenges. Clinical Social Work Journal, 51, 153-162.

              This is an intermediate level course.


              If you miss any of the presentation, you will not be eligible for the CEUs. This course meets the qualifications of 6 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
              SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved continuing education provider (CEPA 052466).

              The views expressed in presentations made at SCV-CAMFT meetings or events are those of the speaker and not, necessarily, of SCV-CAMFT. Presentations at SCV-CAMFT events do not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker's views, products or services.

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