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Therapy in the Crosshairs: When Ethics and Therapy Intersect

Ernest Wallwork, PhD

Friday Oct 28, 2016 9am-4:30pm

6 CE credits

Check-in, registration 8:30-9am


Regular $180
Current WSP members $120
Current WSP students $60

How do we integrate ethical reflection and judgment with other aspects of  our clinical work?  The aim of this workshop is to explore cutting edge ways of e thinking a variety of typical as well as especially challenging ethical dilemmas encountered in both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Clinical cases will be used to identify unacknowledged moral aspects of specific transference and counter-transference interactions and the desirability— technically and ethically—of alternative interventions. Taking a broad   approach to ethics, we will look not only at how principles and codes need to be rethought when applied, but also how various virtues and values inform our work.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own dilemmas for discussion

Learning objectives:

  1. Participants should be able to identify some typical ethical issues encountered in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis
  2.  Participates will recognize commonly unacknowledged moral aspects of the therapeutic relationship
  3. Participants will be able to differentiate the therapist’s dispositional role responses (virtues) from his/her normative judgments.
  4. Participants will learn to reason ethically as well as technically about particular interventions.


8:30-9:00        Registration and coffee

9:00-10:30 -    Introduction
                     Approaches to Ethics
                     Paradigms of Ethical Thinking
                     Vignettes and Audience Discussion
10:30-10:45    Break

10:45-11:45    Small Group Breakout  - Members will have an opportunity to discuss their own ethical issues

11:45-11:50   Break

11:50-12:30  Large Group Discussion 

12:30-1:30   Lunch   -  IN HOUSE/BROWN BAG

1:30-2:45    Long distance therapy (Skype and other modern communications) and the Ethical Issues that Arise     

 2:45-3:00   Break

3:00-3:55    Small Groups Breakout - Members will be asked to discuss ethical issues that arise in their own clinical work

3:55-4:00    BREAK

4:00-4:30    Discussion and Wrap-up


Select Appropriate Level

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.