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Seductions and Arrogance

Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities
That Lead to Legal and Ethical Violations

A Legal & Ethical Seminar Addressing Client Types and Issues and Clinician Personality and Counter-transference Leading to Boundary Violations.

  • Who Messes You Up (including who is mostly likely to elicit an ethical or legal breach and who is mostly likely to make a complaint).
  • How You Screw Up Anyway (despite knowing better)!

Education, Knowledge, and Training in graduate programs and Law & Ethics seminars every license cycle inform the therapist of the “what” of legal and ethical boundaries and violations, but do not necessarily address the client and therapist “whys” of how a therapist comes to make errors anyway.

  • There are clients that are immediately perceived as potentially problematic, while others surprise and even ambush a therapist.
  • Certain clinical situations are relatively straightforward while others are littered with not only therapeutic but also legal and ethical land mines.
  • Sometimes knowing or getting clarification regarding legal and ethical requirements and guidelines, instead of giving a therapist confidence, it makes him/her more uncomfortable or anxious. That is probably an indication of a vulnerability that may play out subsequently in a legal or ethical quandary, breach, or mistake.

Topics to be included:

  • Legal and Ethical issues for psychotherapists,
  • Client presentations (personality disorders, abuse survivors, sexualizing therapy, neediness, etc.),
  • Legally and ethically challenging issues (letters, custodial disputes, mandated counseling, etc.), therapy configurations (family, couples, parents and children or teens, etc.),
  • Professional practices (insurance, billing, debts), and
  • Therapist vulnerabilities (ignorance, arrogance, being the “gallant knight” or rescuer, being “special,” relational self-medication, and so forth.

Register Today!

June 25th, 2021
Check-in: 8:30am
Workshop: 9am to 4pm

Live Online Seminar!



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APA approved course and meets the 6 hours law and ethics course required for psychologists, LCSWs, & LMFTs

presented by

Ronald Mah,
M.A., Ph.D., L.M.F.T.,.

The workshop presenter has a successful private practice (including many adolescents  and young children, families and couples).He is also a credentialed elementary and secondary teacher. He has taught, directed, and owned child development centers.  He is on the Board of Directors of both the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the California Kindergarten Association (CKA).

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