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Psychotherapy Myths & Faulty Beliefs

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Psychotherapy Myths & Faulty Beliefs is a 1-hour video continuing education (CE) course that explores some of the key beliefs concerning standard of care and ethics in psychotherapy. Dr. Zur’s critical approach will help participants redefine best practices as they consider the following myths:

The Inherent ‘Power Differential’
Physical Touch in Psychotherapy is Unethical and Leads to Sex
The DSM is a Scientifically Valid and Reliable Document
Dual Relationships in Counseling are Always Unethical
“Don’t Blame the Victim” (Victims are Always 100% Innocent?)
Risk Management is an Inherent Part of the Standard of Care
Malpractice Lawsuits Against Psychotherapists and Counselors are Common
As the Slippery-Slope Argument Predicts, Boundary Crossings Inevitably Lead to Boundary Violations
It is Never, Ever Ethical, Legal, or OK for a Psychotherapist to Be Naked with a Client
‘Distance Care’ is New

Dr. Zur illuminates these complex issues using clinical examples and case studies. The supplemental handout offers a quick review of each of the ten myths and provides links for further reading. Please note: The licensee is not required to complete this further reading to complete the test or receive CE credit. All information needed to complete the CE test may be found in the video presentation and accompanying PDF copy of Dr. Zur’s PowerPoint Slide Show.

Course #11-44 | 2022 | 20 pages | 10 posttest questions


Dec 31, 2032


Counselor CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE





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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Ofer Zur, PhD.

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Professional Development Resources ethics, standard of care, best practice, risk management, dual relationships, boundary crossings, boundary violations, “distance care”, DSM, continuing education, CE, CEU

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