Managing Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling

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All materials are available as audios with transcripts.

Co-developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D. and Taylor & Francis, PLC

This course was developed based on articles published by the Taylor & Francis group. Taylor & Francis, PLC has granted permissions to Zur Institute to include these scientific studies as part of the course content. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.

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Course fulfills the California and other states' ethics and law requirements. Course may qualify for insurance discount. Check with your insurer.

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This course is also offered as part of one Certificate Program & one Savings Package:
Boundaries in Psychotherapy Certificate Program 57 CE Credit Hours
Dual Relationships Package 14 CE Credit Hours

General Course Description

A much-needed revolution has taken place in psychotherapy, social work, marriage and family therapy, and counseling in the last decade. Once expressly prohibited by professional mental health organizations, multiple relationships or dual relationships for psychotherapists are now acknowledged as not only often unavoidable but, when used with good clinical and ethical judgment, can be an important and even beneficial part of treatment. While the old, rigid boundaries, supposedly, kept psychotherapists safer from sanctions and lawsuits, the more flexible, humane and realistic boundary considerations create a murkier area. In addition, the digital revolution—social media, email, text, video platforms, etc.—have inevitably both enriched and complicated issues of boundaries and multiple relationships. Whether in private practice, working with organizations such as the rural, police or military,recovery treatment centers, education settings—just about anywhere where effective psychotherapy is practiced–today’s psychotherapists must be apprised of the advantages and pitfalls of dual or multiple relationships.

This 6 CE intermediate level course consists of 7 sections and includes 10 audios and 4 short articles. This course is primarily based on Dr. Zur’s 2017 edited book Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Unavoidable, Common and Mandatory Dual Relations in Therapy, published by Routledge. Section One presents an overview of the issue. Section Two describes the different kinds of multiple relationships psychotherapists are almost inevitably going to encounter. Section Three covers multiple relationships in rural, faith and recovery settings. Section Four covers multiple relationships in educational settings. The Fifth section covers the ever-evolving complexities involved multiple relationships in cyberspace. Section Six covers multiple relationships that supervision may become entangled with. Section Seven presents the issue of law-imposed, legally unavoidable multiple relationships and offers the codes of ethics of mental health professional organizations governing multiple relationships. Additional resources and probably the most extensive bibliography on the topic of dual relationships are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to

  • Identify a typology of multiple relationships
  • Discuss multiple relationships in faith-based communities
  • Discuss multiple relationships in recovery communities and treatment centers
  • Discuss multiple relationships in clinical supervisory relationships
  • Summarize codes of ethics concerning multiple relationships
  • Discuss mandated multiple relationships

Course Syllabus:

  • Types of multiple relationships
    • Choice/optional
    • Legal/ethical
    • Timing/sequence: Concurrent vs. Sequential
    • Intensity of contact
    • Common vs. Rare
    • Mandated vs. Non-mandated (optional)
    • Avoidable vs. Unavoidable
  • Common settings for multiple relationships
    • Rural
    • Recovery treatment and communities
    • Educational settings
    • Military and police
    • Faith-based
    • Supervision
  • Multiple relationships in cyberspace
    • Social media
    • Email, text, video,
    • Cybersecurity issues
  • Additional Resources
    • Codes of ethics of professional mental health organizations
    • California legal statutes
    • Online resources and extensive bibliography
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Cost: $59.00

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