Ethics, Supervision, and Risk Management: Issues in Sexual Boundary Violations

One of the most egregious boundary violations by a therapist is inappropriate sexual behavior with a patient. Having sex with a patient is an ethics code violation – even if the patient initiates and/or consents to the contact - and can subject a therapist to a disciplinary proceeding by the licensing board. Therapy and supervision of the transgressor are often mandated. This program discusses issues of ethics, risk management, and supervision of the therapist who has violated sexual boundaries. Course material is, in part, from Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory, and Academic Contexts by Andrea Celenza, PhD, published by Jason Aronson, and appears by permission of the publisher.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses. This CE course is designated as intermediate to advanced.


Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Evaluate sexual misconduct that has occurred in therapeutic, academic, and supervisory settings.
  • Establish the framework for supervision of the therapist who has violated sexual boundaries.
  • Assess how to respond to additional ethics violations that are revealed in supervision.
  • Understand countertransference hate and countertransference love and its relationship to supervision.
  • Recognize areas of malpractice risk when supervising therapists who have engaged sexual misconduct.
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Athealth.com Introduction
  • Part 2: Helping the Helpers: Supervision of the Transgressor
    • Introduction
    • Establishing the Frame of the Supervision
    • The Supervision
    • From the Supervisor's Point of View
    • Report Writing
    • Warning Signs
    • Sample Supervisory Report: Dr. Psychoanalyst
    • Sample Supervisory Report: Dr. Cognitive Behaviorist
  • Part 3: Love and Hate in the Countertransference
  • Part 4: References
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Andrea Celenza, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Celenza has consulted with, evaluated, supervised, or treated over 70 cases of therapist-patient sexual misconduct. She has authored and presented numerous papers on therapists who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a focus on training, supervisory and rehabilitation issues. She is on the faculty at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis. In 2006, Dr. Celenza was the recipient of the Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award and the Felix and Helena Deutsch Prize. She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance.

Athealth.com is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee.

NAADAC_logoAthealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460.

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

Page last modified on July 27, 2016

Rating by Your Colleagues:

Type: Text    Credits: 3 CE    Price: $40   Refund Policy
Add to Cart Back to Catalog