Ethics Across The Professional Lifespan
With Ken Major, Psy.D.
April 16, 2021
9:00am - 4:30pm
6 Ethics CEs
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This workshop will approach the topic of psychotherapy ethics from a provider-centered perspective. We will explore a wide variety of practical, developmentally-related issues that can lead to ethical impairment, including the pressures of conformity in early career, role and values conflicts due to personal challenges in mid-career, and difficulties associated with burnout or changes in functioning in later life. From working late with a toddler at home to loneliness after a divorce, from compassion fatigue after the death of a parent to being unprepared for retirement, we will consider how experiences across the lifespan of practice may lead otherwise thoughtful professionals toward unethical, unlawful, or clinically dangerous choices, and discuss practical strategies for anticipating, avoiding, and mitigating such outcomes. The framework for this developmental approach to ethics will be generalizable to clinical, supervisory, and teaching roles, and all examples provided will cite relevant ethics codes, state laws, and pertinent research. Lastly, we will review numerous changes in the field and larger culture, including the lasting impact of COVID-19 on telehealth and the influence of national politics on treatment, and identify resources for maintaining ethical practice in response. With an approach that aims for candor, relevance, humor, and practicality, this will be an engaging and up-to-date training on the topic of professional ethics.
This workshop is designed to help participants:
Describe the existing research on developmentally-informed psychologist/psychotherapist ethics
Evaluate different ethical decision-making models from a practice standpoint
Identify ethical challenges specifically associated with training, early, mid-, and late-career professional roles.
Discuss strategies to reduce the the likelihood of ethical breaches using a professional developmental framework
Apply a developmental approach to professional ethics to enrich clinical, supervisory, and personal development.
Identify how technological, cultural, and political forces have altered the practice landscape and amplify resources for ongoing self care and clinical effectiveness
About the presenter
Ken Major is a licensed psychologist-doctorate in, and resident of, Vermont. He works for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Greentree Regional Clinical Resource Hub, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of a team that provides video-based specialty mental healthcare to rural veterans across six states. He has previously been a staff psychologist in VA hospital systems in Texas and Vermont, and was the director of risk and quality management for a county-wide Vermont designated agency from 2011-13. Dr. Major has worked with the VA’s Academic Detailing Service and the National Center for PTSD on a number of nation-wide patient and provider educational resources, is a past Chairperson of the Vermont Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, and was the 2010 co-recipient of the Professional Service Award, a national award granted by the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders.
Paying with a check:
Checks must be received within one week of the event. If payment has not been received, registrant will still have option to pay online with a credit card up until the day before the program. If an invoice remains open on the day of the event, the registrant will not be allowed to attend.
Refunds, minus a 35% cancellation fee, will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds or vouchers will be made thereafter. No-shows are not refunded.
Full attendance is required to obtain CEs per NHPA policy. No partial credit will be given. Those who attend the workshop and complete the evaluation form will receive 6 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.
Registrations are Transferable:
Registrants can transfer an event confirmation to another individual, but a 10% fee will be incurred. The NHPA office must be notified of the transfer at least 24 hours prior to the event.