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Which Hat Are You Wearing? Ethical Implications of Role Confusion

Date - Wednesday, September 8, 2021
11:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

Zoom Interactive Webinar [1]

CE Credits: 2
Price: $ 60

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Which Hat(s) Are You Wearing?
Ethical Implications of Role Confusion

A ZOOM Interactive Workshop led by Mary Alice Fisher, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist,
Executive Director of the Center for Ethical Practice



I. Introduction – What Hat(s) Do You Wear?

II. Role-Specific Ethics for Mental Health Professionals 

      Potential Roles
      Role-Specific Ethical Standards
      Role-Specific Professional Recommendations

III. Potential Complications

      Role Confusion – When is it an “Ethical” Issue?  
      Conflicting Roles
      Role Changes
            Mid-Stream Role Changes
            Sequential Role Changes
      Potential for Client Harm

IV. Role Confusions with Ethical Implications

  1. Multi-Client Cases (child + parent; family; couple; group)
  2. Consultation Cases
  3. Court-Related Cases
  4. Others

 V. Case Examples


Ethical Standards:

APA Ethics Code (2017) [4]

NASW Ethics Code (2017) [5]

ACA Ethics Code (2014) [6]
Ethical Standards related to COURT INVOLVEMENT [7]


Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the professional role(s) I play, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.
  2. List some of the specific ethical obligations that apply to each of my roles.
  3. Name some potential ethical and/or legal complications when I take on multiple roles.


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