Intentional Decision-Making: Issues in Professionalism and Ethics for Therapists

6 Ethics CE Hours



In this program we will look at selected professional and ethical challenges therapists may experience and how to manage them purposefully. Later, with a nod toward the psychology of decision-making and behavioral ethics, we will discuss why we can experience gaps between our actual behavior (“want” self) and our desired behavior (“should” self). We will explore how our reasoning can be short-circuited by systemic errors or biases and identify strategies to improve our decision-making, ethical and otherwise, both in and out of the office.


Identify decision-making models for dual relationships and related risk management strategies

Explore the ethical and clinical issues regarding client gift giving

Examine “failures” in therapy and what therapists do and can do to avoid them

Understand behavioral ethics and strategies to improve ethical decision-making

Explore how therapist impairment impacts decision-making