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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 is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

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. Click here to learn more.

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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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