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CPD DU - Ethical Challenges in Child and Adolescent Therapy

  • April 22, 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • DU


Center for Professional Development through DU is offering:


Teacher: Shoshana Shapiro Adler, Ph.D.

Four sessions

Wednesday, April 22, April 29, May 6, May 11

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

DU Campus

How do we practice safely when facing ethical challenges in working with children and adolescents? This course will discuss ways to prevent impasses in responding to the following kinds of issues: working with parents while preserving the child's privacy, understanding our feelings and reactions to children and their parents, and problems in supervision or consultation. Students in this course will have the opportunity to explore and discuss these and other clinical dilemmas.

Course Topics and Learning Outcomes
Beginning Child Therapy: How to Establish the Therapeutic Frame

  • Describe five aspects of the therapeutic frame in child and adolescent therapy
  • Identify at least one way you can discuss the frame with the child and his or her family
  • Consider your feelings about the adolescent patient’s sexual impulses towards you and develop a method of responding to them

Ethical Issues in Parent and Family Work

  • Describe and define the concepts of confidentiality, privacy, and secrecy.
  • Discuss at least one way of explaining a child’s issues to his or her parents while protecting the child’s clinical material.
  • Provide one example of how you might respond to family secrets.

Ethical Issues in Supervision

  • Describe at least one ethical issue in supervision.
  • Propose one way to respond when a supervisee has an ethical issue with a supervisor.
  • Provide one example of how the supervisory relationship may affect a supervisee’s clinical work.

Other Common Pitfalls for the Therapist

  • Describe at least one legal issue that may arise in child therapy.
  • Discuss at least one issue with the use of technology in therapy.
  • Provide an example of how to handle requests for information from schools or insurance companies while considering confidentiality.

This course offers 8 CE hours

For more information or to register, click here.


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