Therapeutic Ethics in the Movies

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Films allow us to see parts of ourselves reflected in characters on the screen, allowing us to see our own behaviors in a different light.

Films allow us to see parts of ourselves reflected in characters on the screen, allowing us to see our own behaviors in a different light and possibly catch a glimpse of how others view us. In this course, Dr. Zur has attentively selected films that provide insights into what constitutes ethical practice, what is the standard of care, the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violation as well as review the topics of digital ethics and telemental health ethics.

Dr. Zur uses vignettes from popular movies and television shows to teach therapists about boundaries and ethical issues, and he does so in a manner that both highlights ambiguities and provides clarification. Additionally, scenes are discussed regarding how such behaviors can either make a client feel comfortable and help build a therapeutic alliance, or conversely, lead to distrust and betrayal.

2.0 CE credits are INCLUDED in the price of the ticket for Licensed Therapists.

This intermediate level CE course is comprised of a two-hour PPT presentation.

Learning Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

  1. Briefly explain the importance of context as it applies to the standard of care and the therapeutic relationship
  2. Identify two differences between boundary crossing and boundary violations
  3. Discuss at least three ethical concerns arising out of use of contemporary technologies, and telemental health.

About the Presenter

Ofer Zur, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, instructor as well as forensic expert witness and ethics consultant. He was the founder of Zur Institute, back in 2000, an online continuing education platform for mental health professionals. He authored and co-authored 5 books, including “Boundaries in Psychotherapy” (Published by APA) and “Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Unavoidable, Common, and Mandatory Dual Relations in Therapy” and published over 100 articles on ethics and related topics. He has been teaching in the U.S. and abroad on topics related to ethics, critical thinking, therapeutic boundaries, the psychology of victims, gender and war. Dr. Zur is am APA Div 42 fellow and in 2021 he received authorization from the Minnesota Supreme Court to prepare an amicus brief regarding the standard of care for psychotherapy and counseling.

Other Information

The Redwood Psychological Association, a chapter of the California Psychological Association (CPA)*, is an organization for psychologists. We are located in Sonoma County, serving Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake Counties and the Redwood Empire.

*CPA is co-sponsoring this event with the Redwood Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The BBS also recognizes CPA CE credit for their licenses.

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive the designated number of continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Refunds will be credited to original payment method (minus fees) up to 1 day prior to event.

For questions or more information regarding this policy, please contact RPA: (707) 595-0490.

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