Understanding and Handling Therapy Terminations
7 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $69.00
Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.
This course was produced in collaboration between Taylor & Francis, PLC and the Zur Institute, Inc.
The Zur Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.
CE Credits for Psychologists,
LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs & LCSWs (BBS) Social
Counselors (NBCC, NAADAC, CALPCC), Nurses (BRN) & More
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General Course Description
Like death, termination in therapy--planned or unplanned--is inevitable, and most people aren't adequately prepared for it. Research shows that termination may be one of the least studied phases of therapy and many therapists report that they haven't been adequately trained to handle it. Yet, like other phases of therapy, termination, if handled well by the therapist, presents clients with the challenge and opportunity to continue growing after they say goodbye. Termination presents many personal, ethical, and professional challenges to therapists.
This intermediate level course helps prepare therapists for the challenges of planned and unplanned, client and therapist-initiated terminations. The first section covers termination in couples, family and adolescent therapy from three therapy orientations--Bowenian, structural-strategic and psychoanalytic. The second section considers termination in individual therapy from a psychoanalytic perspective and also introduces the common and under-addressed issues around forced termination, which usually occurs when interns have to initiate termination because their internship ends. The third section goes into the issue of forced termination in more depth from a general psychotherapy orientation and presents both training and therapy issues from the psychology intern's point of view. Finally the fourth section offers resources for further readings and sections on termination from mental health organizations' codes of ethics.