Ethics in Influence & Autonomy-2018

Narrative Approach to Mental Health Ethics


Live Webinar

December 7, 2018- 1:00pm-4:00pm (Eastern Time)

3 Hours of Ethics CEs (NBCC & NAADAC*) 

Presented by S. David Hall, PsyD, LMFT, LPC

In our work as therapists, all of us carry beliefs, values, and biases that affect the work we do with our clients. In both conscience and unconscious ways, we exert an influence on our clients. In a certain respect, influence and direction is part of what many clients seek out from a counseling relationship; whether they are working to alter their dynamics in a relationship, change behavioral patterns, or relieve emotional distress. Yet all of the major ethical codes for counseling and psychotherapeutic disciplines emphasize the importance of the counseling relationship reinforcing a sense of client autonomy. “Client Autonomy” refers to the level of independence in beliefs, values, and decisions a client experiences in the counseling setting in relationship to the counselor. This workshop represents a revised version of “The Ethics of Client Autonomy” seminar presented in the past by the Narrative Institute, and will look to go even more thoroughly into the ethical considerations of therapist influence and the autonomy of clients.


Workshop Learning Objectives

  1. To consider how mental health professionals have considered the issues around client autonomy in the past, and how they have changed and evolved in the mental health field.
  2. To explore how dynamics around ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, religion, and cultural values affect therapeutic influence and client independence.
  3. To look the relevant areas in the ACA and NBCC codes of ethics regarding client autonomy, as well as the codes of ethics for AAMFT, NASW, NAADAC, and APA. How these ethical codes can be practically applied in the therapeutic setting will also be discussed.

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*The Narrative Institute is responsible for continuing education hours for all events unless otherwise noted. The Narrative Institute has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP). ACEP No.6624.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Narrative Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. The Narrative Institute is also an Approved Education Provider (AEP) for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC No. 122584) and may offer approved clock hours for events that meet NAADAC requirements.