Dual Relationships Text-based Home Course (1 CE) - Printed Version

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The issue of dual relationships is one of the most controversial considerations in psychotherapy.

Dual relationships can become a problem in therapy for the main ethical priority that therapists act in the best interest of the client: a dual relationship risks this commitment to putting the client first. However, there are circumstances in which therapists acting in a dual role (e.g., substance-abuse counselor and AA companion, child and family therapist, forensic therapist) do serve the client, and situations in which a dual role cannot be avoided and so must be explicitly negotiated with a client on an ongoing basis (individual and group therapist in a small town where there are few LGBT resources, school and in-home therapist among poor clients). An in-depth understanding of this issue is vital to protecting your license. This course includes a review of current ethical standards and legal issues involved.

Author: Kathryn Salotti, M.A., LMFT

Target Audience: Introductory and Intermediate; LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, Nurses, Substance Abuse Counselors, and other mental health clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the intent and letter of the ethical standards.
  2. Recognize and resolve according to standard practice, situations in which law and ethical standards conflict.
  3. Explore the positives and negatives of dual relationships, and how to document the treatment choice.
  4. Make informed choices and ethical interventions when dual relationships appear unavoidable or desirable.

Advantages of taking Gerry Grossman Seminars at-home CE courses:

  • Online courses offer the post-test online for instant course completion.
  • You can repeat the post-test if you don't pass.
  • Online courses are available to you immediately after purchase.
  • California LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs canĀ fulfill 100% of their CE hours online.

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