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Psychotherapy Myths & Faulty Beliefs

Ofer Zur, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Video

Course Abstract

Psychotherapy Myths & Faulty Beliefs is a 1-hour video continuing education (CE) course that explores some of the key beliefs concerning standard of care and ethics in psychotherapy. Dr. Zur’s critical approach will help participants redefine best practices as they explore the following myths:

  • The Inherent ‘Power Differential’
  • Physical Touch in Psychotherapy is Unethical and Leads to Sex
  • The DSM is a Scientifically Valid and Reliable Document
  • Dual Relationships in Counseling are Always Unethical
  • “Don’t Blame the Victim” (Victims are Always 100% Innocent?)
  • Risk Management is an Inherent Part of the Standard of Care
  • Malpractice Lawsuits Against Psychotherapists and Counselors are Common
  • As the Slippery-Slope Argument Predicts, Boundary Crossings Inevitably Lead to Boundary Violations
  • It is Never, Ever Ethical, Legal, or OK for a Psychotherapist to Be Naked with a Client
  • ‘Distance Care’ is New

Dr. Zur illuminates these complex issues using clinical examples and case studies. The supplemental handout offers a quick review of each of the ten myths and provides links for further reading. Please note: The licensee is not required to complete this further reading to complete the test or receive CE credit. All information needed to complete the CE test may be found in the video presentation and accompanying PDF copy of Dr. Zur’s PowerPoint Slide Show.

Course #11-44 | 2022 | 1-hour video | 28 page handout | 10 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify two complexities involved in therapist-client power relationships
2. Explain two key points in the debate on whether the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) is a scientifically based document
3. Differentiate between risk management principles and the standard of care
4. Clarify four ethical concerns with dual or multiple relationships

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2022 - 6/12/2025. Social workers completing this course will receive 1 ethical continuing education credit(s).

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346); the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0664 - Note: New York social workers will receive 1 continuing education credit(s) for completing this self-study course); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio social workers completing this course will receive 1 ethical continuing education credit(s); the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678);  and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).


This video course provides instant access to the course video, course handout, and the CE test. The CE test is open book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while watching the course video).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. 

About the Author(s)

Ofer Zur, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, consultant, writer, researcher, forensic consultant, and lecturer from Sebastopol, CA. He is a pioneer in the development of the ethical and effective managed-care-free psychotherapy practice. Dr. Zur taught for many years at several Bay Area, CA graduate schools and has trained thousands of psychotherapists in his seminars, lectures, and private consultations on numerous topics including Ethics with Soul, Therapeutic Boundaries, HIPAA, Dual Relationships, Standard of Care, Domestic Violence, Speed and Technology, and Victims. He is the founder of Zur Institute, which offers unique and innovative online continuing education to psychologists, LMFTs, social workers, and counselors. He is one of the most prominent consultants and forensic experts in the area of therapeutic boundaries. Website: https://drzur.com/

Financial: Dr. Zur receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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