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Digital Seminar

Boundaries and Dual Relationships in Clinical Practice: Ethical and Risk Management Challenges

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD
Approx. 6 Hours
Nov 15, 2023
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As clinicians we come face to face with ethical “gray areas” daily and often skate around potential issues that could put our businesses, clinical work, or clients in jeopardy.

And of these “gray areas,” boundary issues and dual relationship challenges are a leading cause of lawsuits and licensing board complaints filed against behavioral health practitioners.

In this training you’ll receive a truly expert analysis of a range of boundary issues that behavioral health practitioners encounter. From the ethics of intimate relationships with clients and former clients; the healthy parameters of practitioners’ self-disclosure; boundary challenges when working and living in small and rural communities to the use of nontraditional interventions and so much more!

So watch ethics expert and former chair of the task force that wrote the NASW Code of Ethics, Frederic Reamer, PhD, as he provides guidance to behavioral health practitioners who grapple with these challenging situations and their aftermath. Dr. Reamer will cover a myriad of ethical dilemmas that behavioral health practitioners face in their careers and provides practical ethics-informed advice and actionable solutions. You’ll also learn:

  • The nature of boundary issues and dual relationship challenges
  • Patterns of boundary issues and dual relationships
  • Ethical standards governing boundaries and dual relationships
  • Ways to prevent harm to clients
  • The latest risk management strategies designed to prevent litigation and licensing board complaints

Purchase today and avoid ethical entanglements that risk your professional liability!


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Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


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School of Social Work, Rhode Island College

Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, Professor Emeritus has taught in the graduate program of the school of social work, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island for 40 years. Dr. Reamer received his PhD from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and served on the task force that added technology standards to the code. Dr. Reamer lectures both nationally and internationally on the subjects of professional ethics, professional malpractice and liability, and documentation. In addition to ethics, his research and a teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, and public welfare. Dr. Reamer has conducted extensive research on professional ethics and has been involved in several national research projects sponsored by The Hastings Center, Carnegie Corporation, Haas Foundation, and Center for Bioethics of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reamer has been an expert witness and formal ethics consultant in more than 130 litigation and licensing board cases throughout the United States. He is the author of many books and other publications on ethical standards in behavioral health, risk management, and documentation.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Frederic Reamer has employment relationships with Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, and Providence Police Department Training Academy. He receives royalties as a published author. Frederic Reamer receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Frederic Reamer serves as an advisory board member of Ocean State Stories, Pell Center, Salve Regina University and an advisory editor for the Encyclopedia of Social Work Online.

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  1. Identify the nature of boundary issues and dual relationship challenges in the behavioral health professions.
  2. Explain patterns of boundary issues and dual relationships.
  3. Recognize high-risk circumstances that can lead to problematic boundaries and dual relationships.
  4. Apply ethical standards governing boundaries and dual relationships.
  5. Implement protocols to prevent harm to clients.
  6. Implement protocols to prevent litigation and licensing board complaints related to professional boundaries and dual relationships.


The nature of boundary issues and dual relationships in the behavioral health professions: Code of Ethics

  • Boundary crossings and boundary violations
  • Common practitioner mistakes
  • Address practitioner impairment and warning signs
  • Prevent lawsuits and licensing board complaints
  • Unethical conduct
  • Assess boundary-related risks
  • Importance of careful documentation
  • Boundaries and dual relationship case examples

Boundary issues in the digital age

  • Communicate with current/former clients online
  • Browsing for information about clients
  • Challenges related to clients searching for information about their therapists

Patterns of boundary issues and dual relationships

  • Intimate relationships
  • Emotional and dependency needs
  • Personal benefit
  • Altruism
  • Unavoidable and unanticipated circumstances

Ethical standards: Boundaries and Dual Relationships

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Unethical conduct
  • The boundaries of self-disclosure
  • Prevent impairment and boundary violations
  • Practitioner incompetence
  • Professional negligence
  • Standard of care for ethically complex cases
  • Importance of supervision
  • What healthy boundaries look like

Risk Management Strategies: Protecting Clients and Practitioners

  • Professional negligence and malpractice
  • Codes of ethics standards
  • Statutes and regulations
  • Standards of care and ethical practice
  • Ethical decision making
  • Create a strategy and common warning signs

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Physicians
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Behavioral Health Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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