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Ethics Across The Professional Lifespan


Category:
Vermont Shared
Faculty:
Ken Major, PsyD
Duration:
5 Hours 41 Minutes


Description

This workshop will approach the topic of psychotherapy ethics from a provider-centered perspective. We will explore a wide variety of practical, developmentally-related issues that can lead to ethical impairment, including the pressures of conformity in early career, role and values conflicts due to personal challenges in mid-career, and difficulties associated with burnout or changes in functioning in later life. From working late with a toddler at home to loneliness after a divorce, from compassion fatigue after the death of a parent to being unprepared for retirement, we will consider how experiences across the lifespan of practice may lead otherwise thoughtful professionals toward unethical, unlawful, or clinically dangerous choices, and discuss practical strategies for anticipating, avoiding, and mitigating such outcomes. The framework for this developmental approach to ethics will be generalizable to clinical, supervisory, and teaching roles, and all examples provided will cite relevant ethics codes, state laws, and pertinent research. Lastly, we will review numerous changes in the field and larger culture, including the lasting impact of COVID-19 on telehealth and the influence of national politics on treatment, and identify resources for maintaining ethical practice in response. With an approach that aims for candor, relevance, humor, and practicality, this will be an engaging and up-to-date training on the topic of professional ethics. 

Learning Objectives
This workshop is designed to help participants:

  1. Describe the existing research on developmentally-informed psychologist/psychotherapist ethics

  2. Evaluate different ethical decision-making models from a practice standpoint

  3. Identify ethical challenges specifically associated with training, early, mid-, and late-career professional roles.

  4. Discuss strategies to reduce the likelihood of ethical breaches using a professional developmental framework

  5. Apply a developmental approach to professional ethics to enrich clinical, supervisory, and personal development.

  6. Identify how technological, cultural, and political forces have altered the practice landscape and amplify resources for ongoing self care and clinical effectiveness

About the presenter
Ken Major is a licensed psychologist-doctorate in, and resident of, Vermont. He works for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Greentree Regional Clinical Resource Hub, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of a team that provides video-based specialty mental healthcare to rural veterans across six states. He has previously been a staff psychologist in VA hospital systems in Texas and Vermont and was the director of risk and quality management for a county-wide Vermont designated agency from 2011-13. Dr. Major has worked with the VA’s Academic Detailing Service and the National Center for PTSD on a number of nation-wide patient and provider educational resources is a past Chairperson of the Vermont Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and was the 2010 co-recipient of the Professional Service Award, a national award granted by the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders.

In order to receive CEs for this homestudy, the entire video must be viewed. There will be a quiz and an evaluation. Once those are completed a certificate will be distributed.

 

 

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Ken Major is a Vermont psychologist-doctorate and resident. He works for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Greentree Regional Clinical Resource Hub, based in Pittsburgh, PA, as part of a team that provides video-based specialty mental healthcare to underserved rural veterans across six states. He has worked previously in VA systems in Texas and Vermont, and was the Director of Risk and Quality Management for a county-wide Vermont designated agency from 2011-13. Dr. Major has worked with the VA’s Academic Detailing Service and the National Center for PTSD on a number of nation-wide patient and provider educational resources, was the Vermont Psychological Association’s Ethics Chairperson from 2014-16, and was the 2010 co-recipient of the Professional Service Award, a national award granted by the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders.


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