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Ethics in Psychotherapy: Practical Tips III

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP; Ofer Zur, PhD; Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD; Martin H. Williams, PhD; Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP; Joseph W. Shannon, PhD

CE Credit: 2 Hours

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

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Ethics in Psychotherapy: Practical Tips III is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that addresses a variety of ethics topics.

This course for psychotherapists of all specialties addresses a variety of ethics topics in the form of 12 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Included are monographs on the “do no harm" principle, competencies in expanding to new areas of practice, mandatory reporting, the principle of beneficence, avoiding client bias in custody cases, avoiding legal and ethical pitfalls with borderline patients, unacceptable patient behavior, delegation of work to others, integrating spirituality and religion into clinical practice, legal and ethical restraints in advertising, boundary “crossings” vs. boundary “violations,” and the ethical and legal necessity of a professional will.

Closeout Course #20-27 | 2008 | 22 pages | 19 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Identify three sets of APA practice guidelines that might be useful in expanding one’s competency in child custody evaluations
2.List four actions that psychologists can take to assure ethical compliance with mandatory reporting statutes
3.Identify contemporary complexities in the principle of beneficence within the context of military or law enforcement consultation
4.Summarize Hiebel’s credo for psychologists reporting the results of their findings in custody cases
5.List three reasons for psychologists to be educated about the potential role of spirituality in psychotherapy
6.Distinguish between boundary crossings and boundary violations as described by Zur

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: 6/12/2019 - 6/12/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 ethics continuing education credits. 

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (Provider #BAP346); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (Provider #RCST100501); and the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland. He also has an independent practice in Arnold, MD. His e-mail is jbarnett@loyola.edu.

Ofer Zur, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, writer, forensic consultant and lecturer from Sonoma, CA. He conducts workshops and seminars through the Zur Institute: www.drzur.com

Jeffrey N. Younggren, PhD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist practicing in Rolling Hills Estates, CA. He is also a clinical professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine. His e-mail is jeffyounggren@earthlink.net.

Martin H. Williams, PhD, is a forensic psychologist who testifies in licensing board matters involving psychologists and other mental health professionals. He is a founding partner of Williams Psychological Services with offices in San Jose and Los Angeles. Email: mw@drmwilliams.com

Samuel Knapp, EdD, ABPP, is professional affairs director for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. 

Joseph W. Shannon, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Columbus, Ohio. 

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