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Gerald Koocher, Ph.D.

Preventing & Managing Common Ethical Predicaments

6.0 CE Hours Available

This program qualifies for 6.0 hours of ethics CE credit

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This program addresses a range of challenging ethical and problematic clinical situations frequently encountered in mental health practice.

Key topics include:
  • Addressing complex and subtle aspects about respecting confidentiality across a range of clients, institutions, and contexts.
  • Addressing challenges that arise in the course of treatment, such as angry clients, unpaid bills, sub-optimal terminations, reporting mandates, and multiple-client therapies.
  • Working with clients who pose threats against themselves or others, clinical and risk management with suicidal clients, and what to do when the licensing board comes calling.
  • Focus on the ethical challenges posed by social media and electronically mediated service delivery, as well as problematic self-disclosure, assertions of specialty expertise, conflicting mandates, and legal entanglements.


    Participants will be able to describe:
  • How to improve confidentiality and record keeping
  • Necessary precautions when accessing clinical materials
  • Confidentiality errors with minors or deceased clients
  • How to deal with unhappy, angry, or threatening clients
  • Strategies for providing ethical care of suicidal clients
  • How to deal with licensing board ethics investigations
  • How to establish professional social media policies

Topics Covered

    What do you know and who will you tell?
  • Understanding the subtleties of confidentiality
  • Required notifications and breaches
  • Discussing confidential material with colleagues
  • Insurance companies and other third party disclosures
  • When the client is a minor or deceased
  • When the subpoena arrives
    You’re helping me, but I hate you.
    Ethical Challenges in the Course of Treatment
  • Unhappy, angry, and dangerous clients
  • The unpaid bill
  • Sub-optimal terminations
  • Reporting mandates and challenges
  • The challenge of multiple-client therapies
    Managing Urgent Situations
  • Addressing threats to: Others, Oneself & The Therapist
  • Managing the suicidal client
  • When the licensing board (or ethics complaint) comes calling
    Pushing Boundaries
  • The ethical perils of social media
  • Mutual Googling
  • E-therapy & assessment - Electronic & inoperable record keeping
  • Self-disclosure and self-care
  • Addressing conflicting mandates & avoiding legal forensic entanglements

All Programs Include Handouts and One Paid CE Test

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CD + Test


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Streaming Video + Test


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Extra Test (6 CE Credits)
Extra Test (6 CE Credits)



All orders include the entire presentation with handouts and a CE test

  • Audio downloads will be available for download immediately after checkout
  • Mailed CD and DVD formats include all items in an attractive portfolio

CE Info

J&K Seminars, LLC is approved to sponsor continuing education by :
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.) Approved Provider of Continuing Education (Provider # 5180). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for our programs and contents.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC, provider #1080, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) , (through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 01/27/2015 – 01/27/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an NAADAC Approved Education Provider #757
  • State of California - Board of Behavioral Sciences - Courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number BAP #758
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a registered social worker continuing education sponsor for Illinois social workers(Lic # 159.000833)
  • Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners
  • J&K Seminars, LLC SW CPE #0174 has received conditional approval from the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work to offer continuing education to licensed social workers, effective 6/17/2015. The Department may subsequently notify J&K Seminars, LLC that a particular course or courses is/are not acceptable. This conditional approval is in effect until the Department makes a final determination to approve or deny J&K Seminars, LLC application.
  • Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) for D&A professionals (ICRC/AODA) # 271
  • All programs have been approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists Provider Number # 483
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors #1835


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