Course Description 8

Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Treatment of Addictions
Frederic G. Reamer, PhD
Course Description:

The primary purpose of this course is to provide participants with an overview of boundary and dual-relationship issues that arise in the treatment of addictions. Participants will be acquainted with key concepts (professional boundaries, dual and multiple relationships, conflicts of interest, ethical standards, ethical decision making, malpractice and liability, professional negligence, standards of care, risk management) and a typology of boundary issues that arise in the delivery of services. Major themes include: social, collegial, therapeutic, and business relationships with current and former clients; self-disclosure to clients; bartering for services; giving and receiving gifts; performing and receiving favors; and unanticipated and unavoidable dual relationships. Case illustrations will be used to discuss relevant ethical standards and risk-management issues. Emphasis will be on practical strategies designed to prevent harm to clients and to protect practitioners from ethics complaints and litigation.

This four week course requires 8 hours of work over its duration.

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