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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

  1. 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.
  2. To explore how dynamics around ethnicity, education, gender, religion, and cultural values affect therapeutic influence and client independence.
  3. 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.
  4. 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). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PsychMaven is solely responsible for all aspects of its programs.

*PsychMaven is an Approved Education Provider (AEP) for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC No. 122584) and may offer approved clock hours for events that meet NAADAC requirements.

*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. The Texas board is a member of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

For the latest on the the CE Approvals of PsychMaven, as well as guidance on CE requirements for different disciplines, visit us at www.psychmaven.com/ce-approval


Your Instructor


S. David Hall, PsyD, LMFT, LPC-MHSP-AS, CST, NCC
S. David Hall, PsyD, LMFT, LPC-MHSP-AS, CST, NCC

Dr. Stephen "David" Hall heads up content and direction as the "Chief Maven" of PsychMaven, which he co-founded in 2019. He has been working as a therapist since 2005 and holds clinical licenses in Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. He has built counseling practices in both Tennessee and Georgia, and in 2015 led the start-up of an independent psychiatry clinic, Haven Family Psychiatry. Dr. Hall maintains a psychotherapy caseload and supervises postgraduate therapists with his practice, Haven Counseling Center at Haven Family Psychiatry. In 2011, Dr. Hall founded the Narrative Institute, and since then has organized and taught continuing education seminars on narrative in psychotherapy, practice building, cultural trends, professional ethics, and other clinical 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, 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). He has been married to fellow therapist and maven, Brandy Hall, since 2008, and lives and practices in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee in the United States.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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Does this course offer continuing education (CE) credit?
Yes! This course is approved to offer continuing education hours for a variety of behavioral health professionals. This specific course is designed to meet CE requirement for ethics and multiculturalism for many clinicians. Find more information about our CE approvals here: www.psychmaven.com/ce-approval

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