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Digital Seminar

Navigating Boundaries, Countertransference, and Self-Disclosure: Top Ethical Challenges in Clinical Practice

Kirsten Lind Seal, PHD, LMFT
Approx. 6 Hours
Aug 12, 2024
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Digital Seminar - Also available: Live Webinar

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It’s an age-old question – how much of myself do I bring to my work as a therapist?

With technology and related changes in how relationships work, it has become increasingly difficult to manage boundaries with clients.

Plus, as society becomes more divisive, you may find yourself reacting more strongly to your client’s values and beliefs.

From clients looking therapists up on social media, to the nuances involved in conducting telehealth from a home office, to the ways that social grouping along political lines has become rampant – it’s time to update how we practice.

This training will zero in on the most important aspects of “Self-of-Therapist” work, including practical guidance on boundaries, countertransference and self-disclosure. You will learn how to bring yourself fully into sessions in ways that ultimately move therapy forward.

So watch ethics and boundaries expert Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT, who has helped thousands of clinicians avoid ethical pitfalls in their clinical practices. This training will cover:

  • Why a deeper awareness of boundaries is crucial for navigating therapist self-disclosure both online and IRL (in real life)
  • How therapist self-disclosure can deepen the therapeutic relationship
  • Three crucial countertransference pitfalls, including possibly rupturing the alliance
  • How to develop a clear method for managing countertransference in session
  • And so much more!

Finish this training with examples and plans to ethically and legally be your authentic self in therapy all while serving your clients!

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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Kirsten Lind Seal, PhD, LMFT, holds an MA in counseling psychology and a PhD in couple and family therapy from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lind Seal teaches ethics at two universities and regularly conducts trainings on ethics and cross-cultural issues at the local, regional and national level. She is currently adjunct associate professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and core ethics faculty (adjunct) at Chaminade University of Honolulu. She has extensive training in teaching and learning: at Saint Mary’s she was a Teaching Fellow (2013-2014), and she completed the Preparing Future Faculty Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota in 2014.

Dr. Lind Seal’s research has been published in Psychology Today, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and Family Process. She has published several case studies and an ethics focused “In Consultation” piece in the Psychotherapy Networker and has reviewed for The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (UK). She is currently conducting a scholarship of teaching and learning research project examining the impact of her cultural context ethical decision-making model on graduate students’ cultural growth and ethical decision-making at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Dr. Lind Seal’s professional memberships are with the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy, for which organizations she has created, presented and recorded numerous trainings and webinars on a variety of ethical issues. She has been participating in ongoing monthly anti-racism groups through NEAFAST for the last three years.

She has a completely virtual private practice where she works with individuals, couples and family, and offers ethics consultations to colleagues. She has been interviewed as a content expert by MPR,, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune and has for the last 9 years has been a regular on-air contributor on Relationship Reboot, a weekly segment on relationships on WCCO TV’s Channel 4 (CBS Twin Cities).



Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kirsten Lind Seal maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Chaminade University of Honolulu and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She receives a speaking honorarium from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kirsten Lind Seal is a member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, a contributor/creator of segments on Mid-morning WCCO TV And of The New England Association For Family And Systemic Therapy.

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  1. Distinguish between boundary crossings and boundary violations and why this difference is crucial for ethical practice.
  2. Identify and minimize porous boundaries in clinical practice, in both traditional and digital (in-person and online) settings.
  3. Develop a usable plan for deciding when, if, and how much self-disclosure to use in session.
  4. Determine capacity for recognizing and managing countertransference in session.
  5. Integrate relevant ethical principles and professional ethical codes into managing boundaries and countertransference.
  6. Determine what therapist characteristics are important to consider in a countertransference management plan.


Boundaries and the Modern Clinician

  • Differences between boundary crossings and boundary violations
  • 3 reasons crossings or violations can be problematic in clinical practice
  • 5 therapist characteristics that create risk
  • Common new issues in the digital age affecting the therapeutic relationship
  • Telehealth’s dramatic effect on managing boundary issues in clinical practice
  • 6 ways to ensure ethical practice via telemental health
  • The latest professional ethical codes (AAMFT, APA, ACA, NASW)
  • Apply the 6 basic principles of ethical practice to boundary issues
  • Ethically address boundary issues in or out of session
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
  • Case vignettes around ethical decision making

How clients may use online tools to cross our boundaries and what to do

  • Top reasons clients search online for their therapist’s information
  • 3 practical tips for navigating conversations about digital boundaries in session
  • The connection between digital boundary issues and informed consent
  • Recommendations for relevant language in informed consent forms

Why boundary issues are inherent in therapist self disclosure via social media

  • 3 common reasons for boundaries concerns
  • Assess own usage of social media
  • Methods to manage online presence and change current behavior around use of social media

Ethical Standards Around Countertransference

  • Tips to better recognize and minimize harmful countertransference
  • Discern top indicators of countertransference
  • 3 crucial countertransference pitfalls
  • Understand common risks and benefits of countertransference
  • Strengthening one’s own capacity for managing countertransference
  • Importance of ongoing goals for self-care
  • Create plan for strengthen self-care to promote better boundaries and best practice

Create a countertransference management plan

  • Important therapist characteristics to implement countertransference management plan
  • Discern particular characteristics for self
  • Develop and apply appropriate learning program for self-awareness

The role of implicit bias in countertransference situations

  • The neuroscience basis for implicit bias
  • Develop a plan for implicit bias management
  • Apply new knowledge of implicit bias to current clinical practice

Do’s and Don’t’s Around Self-Disclosure

  • The four main types of therapist self-disclosure (TSD)
  • How and why therapist self-disclosure can deepen the therapeutic relationship
  • Assess positive and negative sequelae of TSD
  • Determine own tendencies of TSD orientation
  • Develop a usable plan for deciding on self-disclosure in or out of session
  • The pandemic’s effect on self-disclosure in clinical work

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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