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Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: How to Conduct an Ethical Analysis from Three Theoretical Perspectives taught by Claire Zilber, MD (Class)

  • January 20, 2023
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Lowry Campus
  • 7


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

Registrations is closed for this event.


Description: The complexity of modern mental health care invites many ethical dilemmas for psychotherapists. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other therapists all want to avoid ethical missteps, both because we want to provide the best possible care to our patients and because we don’t want to have complaints made to our licensing boards or employers. Although our professional codes of ethics offer useful guidance about many aspects of practice, they cannot possibly address all the potential scenarios that arise in the course of our work. It is beneficial to have additional intellectual tools to assist in reasoning out the best approach to resolving any given ethical dilemma.

This session will begin with a presentation of three different ethical frameworks: Virtue Ethics, Principlism and Consequentialism. Each framework offers a different vantage point from which to view a dilemma. Using hypothetical psychotherapy scenarios, a process for conducting an ethical analysis from the perspective of each framework will be demonstrated. This is a participatory session. Attendees are encouraged to become active problem solvers with each other during the demonstration of the ethical reasoning process to engage in the application of theory to practice.

CME Objectives:

    1. Describe three ethical theories with relevance to psychotherapy practice. 
    2. Apply the ethical theories to hypothetical dilemmas about professional boundaries and patient communication.
    3. Analyze future ethical dilemmas that arise in their psychotherapy practice.

    Instructor Biography: Claire Zilber, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Denver. She has served on the Ethics Committee of the Colorado Psychiatric Association since 1993, and chaired the committee from 2003-2020. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, she was a member of the APA’s Ethics Committee from 2012-2015, and again from 2016-2018. She has written extensively on psychiatric ethics and professionalism and is a three-time recipient of the APA’s Carol Davis Ethics Award. Dr. Zilber graduated from Haverford College and Jefferson Medical College, and trained in psychiatry at the University of Colorado. She completed the Denver Psychoanalytic Society’s Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Program in 1994.


    Date & Time: This class will take place on Friday, January 20, 2023 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM (MST).

    Cost:  $38 for Society Members and $45 for non-Society members. Your spot for the class is not guaranteed until the registration fee is paid in full.

    Location: This class will be held in person on the Lowry Campus. The exact address will be emailed to registrants prior to the first class. We may shift to a virtual class (using Zoom) if necessary.  

    Registration: Registration is required. The deadline to register is January 13, 2023. This class will be capped at 30 registrants.

    Registration Waiver: By registering for this class, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are gathered, you knowingly assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, and agree not to hold the Denver Psychoanalytic Society or any of their affiliates, officers, employees, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

    COVID-19 Protocols: Health and safety recommendations can change quickly, therefore, we will adjust as needed to follow CDC, and state guidelines for meeting in-person for this class.

    Confidentiality: During this class, we will follow rules of confidentiality for clinical case material including disguising identifying information. Please do not discuss any case material outside of the class. No recording of case material is allowed.

    CME Certificates:  In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, sign the attendance sheet, attend the session in its entirety and complete an evaluation within 7 days after the program. An email with a link to the online evaluation will be sent after the class. CME certificates will be sent by email within a month following the event.

    Cancellation & Certificate Replacement Policy: There will be no refunds of fees for cancellations within 7 days of the first class; any refunds prior to January 13, 2023 will be less a $10 administration fee.  If, after registering, you can no longer attend, please notify office@denverpsychoanalytic.orgPlease retain your CME certificate for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office must resend a certificate.

    CME Disclosures: 

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

    The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies* whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
    *Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. (Updated July 2021)

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