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Ethical & Moral Junctions in Behavioral Healthcare: Beyond the Standard ‘Clinical-Ethical-Legal’

Ethical & Moral Junctions in Behavioral Healthcare: Beyond the Standard ‘Clinical-Ethical-Legal’
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Ethical & Moral Junctions in Behavioral Healthcare: Beyond the Standard ‘Clinical-Ethical-Legal’

This is a unique and first-of-its-kind presentation that expands the meaning of ethics in psychology and psychotherapy  beyond “codes of ethics” and clearly differentiates it from “risk management”. It will tie it to the heart of ethics, which differentiates right vs. wrong and good vs. bad.  

This one-hour course identifies nine ethical-moral junctions that mental health practitioners may face in their line of work.  Each of the topics includes a short presentation that helps participants understand the complexities involved in each junction.

The 9 junctions include:

  • Protect suicidal client or protect therapist
  • Therapist’s quandary: To lie or not to lie to a client
  • Give a clinically correct DSM DX or a false DX that serves the therapist and/or client
  • Clinical Effectiveness vs. Risk Management: Managing Boundaries
  • Digital Immigrants Therapists vs. Digital Natives Clients
  • Oppose or support for minor’s gender transition?
  • Oppose or help women patients seeking abortions in states that ban it?
  • Recommending potentially helpful but Illegal psychedelics to patients?
  • Context: Is it ethical or unethical for therapists to be naked w/ clients?

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

Course Availability

From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.



Dr. Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Ofer Zur, Ph.D., is the founder of the Zur Institute. He is a licensed psychologist, instructor, forensic and ethics consultant, and expert witness in Sebastopol, CA. His writing and teaching in the US and abroad focus on ethics, critical thinking, boundaries, dual relationships, managed-care-free private practices, victims, psychology of war, and psychology of gender. For many years he taught at graduate schools, such as the CSPP (Alameda, CA) and CIIS (San Francisco, CA). His books include Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy (2002, co-edited with Arnold Lazarus) and HIPAA Compliance Kit (2003, Revised 2016, 2018). His book, Boundaries In Psychotherapy, was published in 2007 by APA Books. His latest book (2017) is Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Unavoidable, Common and Mandatory Dual Relations in Therapy, published by Routledge.

CE Hours

0 CE hours

This course does not offer CEs, just valuable content for your practice.

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

How to Complete the Course and Earn Your Certificate

To receive your certificate you must complete the course in its entirety. This course includes a training video and a course evaluation.

To complete any Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s) (if applicable), and complete the course evaluation.

A grade of at least 80% or more is required to pass the post-test. Retaking the post-test is possible until the participant is able to pass the test.

Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked but not required to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test (when applicable) for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.

You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.

Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of attendance to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.

Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.

Course Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.

Grievance Policy

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Who Should Attend

This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Teaching Methods

This is a non-interactive, self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures and a course evaluation.

This course was recorded 7/21/23

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