Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy: Facing Indiscretions, Transgressions, and Misconduct
The recent #MeToo movement, documenting sexual violations across professional and occupational settings, makes clear that such events are alarmingly common. The psychotherapy setting is not the exception. In fact, the nature of psychotherapeutic work may contribute to vulnerabilities, given the powerful and intimate emotions engendered. Violations may range from behaviors that are somewhat subtle and uncomfortable to those that are blatant, exploitive, and physically intrusive and range from comments and looks, and increasingly personal disclosures and invasive touching up to and including rap...Read moree. They can be a one-time occurrence or literally last years or decades. In many cases, they involve emotional abuse and coercion on the part of the therapist and constitute betrayal trauma. All major mental health professions prohibit sexual contact between a psychotherapist and patient as unethical and morally wrong. In most states it is against the law. Despite these prohibitions, however, sexual boundary violations have not gone away and may even be increasing. Myths surrounding SBVs, including that they are rare, not serious, the result of a patient’s seductive behavior or pathology, and cause little harm will be discussed and challenged. They are now recognized as highly damaging with potential for profound and life-changing effects for both members of the dyad and for many third parties. Their occurrence is solely the responsibility of the therapist, regardless of the circumstance.
This workshop will provide an overview of contemporary knowledge on SBVs, based on a recently published book on the topic, co-edited by the presenter. Special issues to be addressed include a brief historical review, prevalence findings, causes and severity, grooming tactics, as effected by racial and cultural contexts and issues of intersectionality, digital forms, aftereffects for victim and therapist, bystander action and inaction, intervention for both parties, and whether rehabilitation and a return to practice are possible. Less...
- Identify several serious consequences of sexual boundary violations on the patient, therapist and third parties and organizations
- List several techniques used in grooming behavior
- Describe challenges in the treatment of patients who were victims of SBV in previous therapy
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Saturday, September 25, 2021
11:00 AM EDT - 02:15 PM EDTRegister for this Webinar
About the speaker
Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Courtois offers integrative and evidence-based relational treatments for clients and consultation for loved ones that involve respect, information, and hope to counter the effects of trauma and abuse. She offers individual and group treatments that use strategies and protocols, personalized to the clients' needs.
Dr. Courtois also offers educational, consulting and support services for professionals involved in treating trauma and complex posttraumatic and dissociative conditions. Seminars, training courses, and individual and group consultation services on numerous trauma-related topics are offered on-site as well as in other locations (nationally and internationally).
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American Psychological Association
Association of Social Work Boards
National Board for Certified Counselors
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
New York Education Department Board of Creative Arts Therapy
New York Education Department for Licensed Mental Health Counselors
New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology
New York State Education Department's State Board for Marriage and Family Therapy
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DisclosurePresenter Disclosure: Financial disclosures: The presenter(s) receive an honorarium for presenting this webinar. There are no nonfinancial relationships in the products or services described, reviewed, evaluated or compared in this presentation.
Commercial Support: This workshop is based on a recently published book co-edited by the presenter.