Multicultural Ethics in Influence & Autonomy (3 CE Hours)
A Narrative Approach to Mental Health Ethics & Cultural Awareness
3 Continuing Education (CE) Hours in Ethics and Multiculturalism*
This is a Narrative Institute training, a component institute of PsychMaven
In our work as therapists, all of us carry beliefs, values, and biases that affect the work we do with our clients. In both conscience and unconscious ways, we exert an influence on our clients. In a certain respect, influence and direction is part of what many clients seek out from a therapy relationship; whether they are working to alter their dynamics in a relationship, change behavioral patterns, or relieve emotional distress. Yet all of the major ethical codes for counseling and psychotherapeutic disciplines emphasize the importance of the therapy relationship reinforcing a sense of client autonomy. “Client Autonomy” refers to the level of independence in beliefs, values, and decisions a client experiences in the therapy setting in relationship to the therapist. This course represents a revised version of “The Ethics of Client Autonomy” seminar presented in the past by the Narrative Institute, and will look to go even more thoroughly into the ethical and cultural considerations of therapist influence and the autonomy of clients.
Course Learning Objectives
- To consider how mental health professionals have considered the issues around client autonomy in the past, and how they have changed and evolved in the mental health field.
- To explore how dynamics around ethnicity, education, gender, religion, and cultural values affect therapeutic influence and client independence.
- To look the relevant areas in the ACA and NBCC codes of ethics regarding client autonomy, as well as the codes of ethics for AAMFT, NASW, NAADAC, and APA. How these ethical codes can be practically applied in the therapeutic setting will also be discussed.
- To consider specific concepts and techniques from Narrative Psychotherapeutic perspectives to positively reinforce client autonomy in a culturally sensitive way.
*The Narrative Institute is a component institute of PsychMaven.
*PsychMaven has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) for both Live/Real Time and Home Study CE Programs. ACEP No.6624. This program is designed to meet the standards of NBCC content areas no.8 (Counselor Professional Identity and Practice Issues) and content areas no.3 (Social and Cultural Foundations). PsychMaven is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
PsychMaven is a Licensed Social Worker Continuing Education Provider under the Texas State Board for Social Worker Examiners (Provider No. 7751). PsychMaven may provide continuing education to Social Workers certified and/or licensed in that state, and in other states/jurisdictions that accept the Continuing Education (CE) approval of other state Social Work boards. Please contact your state licensing board if you have questions about the acceptability of CE hours.
*PsychMaven is an Approved Education Provider (AEP) for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC No. 122584) and may offer approved clock hours for programs that meet NAADAC requirements. This program is designed to primarily meet NAADAC counselor skills group no.8 (Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development)
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Dr. Stephen "David" Hall (PsyD, LMFT, LPC-MHSP-AS, CST, NCC) heads up content and direction as the "Chief Maven" of PsychMaven, which he founded in 2019. He has been working as a counselor/psychotherapist since 2005 and holds clinical licenses in Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. He has built up personal counseling practices in both Tennessee and Georgia, and in 2015 he led the start-up of an independent psychiatry clinic, Haven Family Psychiatry, and then built his current group practice, Haven Counseling Center. Dr. Hall maintains a counseling/psychotherapy caseload and supervises postgraduate therapists through his practice. In 2011, Dr. Hall founded the Narrative Institute to provide workshops and seminars on story-craft and applied narrative theory for therapists, other professionals, and the general public. Since then he has organized and taught professional continuing education and general trainings on narrative in psychotherapy, practice building, cultural trends, social dynamics of technology, professional ethics, and other mental health topics; having done live trainings throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. In 2019, the Narrative Institute became one of the founding component institutes of PsychMaven. Dr. Hall has also worked as a business and clinical consultant in recovery and treatment center start-ups, an adjunct graduate professor, and has served as the president of the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TNAMFT), the state division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). For more on Dr. Hall, visit www.davidhallpsych.com.
StartWelcome to the course
StartCourse Handout & Description
StartPsychotherapy concepts of autonomy, ethical codes, and psychotherapist culture (40:06)
StartReferences on Psychotherapist Demographics
StartPart 1: Post-Test
StartRecognizing professional culture, and considering African Americans & Immigrant Groups (57:27)
StartPart 2: Post-Test
StartDynamics of Honor, Safety, and Violence with Working Class Whites (21:24)
StartPart 3: Post-Test
StartNarrative Therapy concepts & interventions (36:21)
StartPart 4: Post-Test
StartArticle Assignment: Narrative Therapy and Race
StartCE Certificate Information
StartCourse Completion Statement