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Working Ethically in Dangerous Times:
An Ethics and Risk-Management Continuing Education Workshop for Clinicians

Richard Ruth, PhD

Sunday, June 11, 2017, 11-6PM

(Registration and brunch, 11-11:30)

Credits and Fees

6 CE/CME credit hours

Regular Fee: $180
Current WSP members $120
Current WSP students: $30

Other students, please contact the administrative office

5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, #400, Washington DC 20016

The 2016 elections marked an inflection point in the public climate in the US. Policies and initiatives that offered at least incremental expansions of safe and facilitative space for ethnic and racial minority communities, women, LGBT people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and others now seem to many threatened or foreclosed. The ground underneath the healthcare system is shifting, and, many feel, weakened. Many among mental health clinicians, and many other constituencies, are angry, hurt, and scared.

This workshop holds out the proposition that our professions’ ethnics codes can offer a useful framework for thinking through some of the difficult choices mental health professionals face in our current climate. What we confront is challenging – behaving ethically when powerful forces seem motivated to re-cast our ethical foundations on “alternative facts” – but, perhaps as an unexpected consequence, especially rich with potential as a counterweight.

The workshop will not have a political focus, and people of all political viewpoints will be warmly encouraged to join in the conversations that emerge. Rather, we will reflect together on how the changed political and public policy climate that now surrounds our work shapes unprecedented ethical challenges that now take shape within therapeutic encounters in our time and place. We will consider how our ethics codes do, or do not, offer us guidance for managing some of the previously unimagined clinical questions we are now being asked to address.

This workshop is part of a series of events the Washington School has been holding for several years now, where mental health and related professionals, from diverse professions, at diverse career stages, working in diver settings, and embracing diverse psychodynamic and non-psychodynamic theoretical frameworks, come together to work through ethical scenarios drawn from clinical “real life.” You will encounter not an abstract review of ethics principles, but colleagues thinking together how to deepen our application of ethical thinking to our day-to-day professional lives. We hope many of you will accept the invitation to join the conversation and contribute your experiences and ideas.


Participants will be able to:

1. Identify three ethical dilemmas their colleagues have encountered since the November, 2016, national elections and how they relate to the principles and standards of their ethics code.

2. Demonstrate two ethically grounded solutions to a clinical dilemma they have encountered or are likely to encounter related to the effects of the November, 2016, elections on clinical populations.

3. Articulate three ethical risks they are likely to encounter related to the impact of the November, 2016, elections and their aftermath on their clinical work, and three effective strategies for managing them.



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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.