February 27th and 28th, 2021

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Balancing Safety and Pleasure: Making ethical decisions when personal expression and professional boundaries collide

In this skills-based workshop, we will examine applicable professional codes and practice ethical decision-making models that strengthen clinician’s skills in clarifying, navigating, and boundary setting that protect both clinician and clients from harm.

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Balancing Safety and Pleasure: Making ethical decisions when personal expression and professional boundaries collide

Time & Location

February 27th and 28th, 2021

Zoom Webinar

About The Event

Winter 2021

February 27th and 28th

Saturday and Sunday, 9am - 12am PST

6 CE hours

Dual relationships put terror into most clinicians minds. Clinicians are forewarned that dual relationships post dangerous threats to our clients’ safety, yet little is said about the ethics of “multiple relationships” in daily living, especially in sex positive communities. In this skills-based workshop, we will examine applicable professional codes and practice ethical decision-making models that strengthen clinician’s skills in clarifying, navigating, and boundary setting that protect both clinician and clients from harm.

Abstract

Clinicians are forewarned that dual relationships post dangerous threats to our clients’ safety, yet little is said about the ethics of “multiple relationships” in daily living, especially in sex positive communities. Our professional ethical codes tell us to be wary of either, yet these warnings do little to help us navigate more-complex interactions that clinicians have with personally-involved communities that we also may serve.

Clients are often drawn to work with kink-involved therapists because of shared-interests and anticipated resonance, yet there’s potential for dual/multiple relationships for the clinician. Clarity and ethical decision-making can assist the navigation of personal & professional identities in order to protect both clinician and client from harm.

Intensifying this, professional ethics statements offer little assistance when navigating professional and personal lives when clinicians serve clients with similar interests and identities.

This experiential 6 hour workshop on February 27th and 28th (both Sat and Sun from 9-12pm PST (12-3pm EST) will improve clinician's understanding of boundaries and skills using various theoretical frameworks of ethical decision-making. Designed also as an opportunity to exchange ideas about some of the real life challenges experienced by those who are kink-identified or kink-allied.

Carrie Jameson, LCPC (Chicago, Il) and Anna Randall, LCSW, MPH, DHS (San Francisco Bay Area) are sex therapists who work with a wide variety of sexually diverse individuals and relationships. As educators, clinicians, community leaders, they assist clinicians in intersecting identities

Learning Objectives

1)  Define the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations

2)  Distinguish between helpful, harmful in multiple and dual relationships

3)  Summarize their ethical code(s) guidance on dual relationships

4) Utilize an ethical decision making model to identify two factors to consider when entering into a dual relationship with a client

5) complex intersecting client/clinician relationships.

6) Identify two actions to take when a dual relationship occurs

Format:

The workshops will combine didactic instruction, case examples, and group discussion to demonstrate the practice of working with kink-involved clients.

Agenda/Minutes:

Day 1:

(0- 15 min.)

Introduction -

Group Brainstorm activity to describe types of small communities, situations and

concerning types of dual/ multiple relationships.

(15 - 60 min.)

Dual and Multiple Relationships

Differentiating boundary crossings and boundary violations

Ethical dilemmas in collective sex, social media and specialized communities

(60 - 90 min.)

Defining and contrasting major ethical code's approach to dual relationships

(AASECT, APA, ACA, NASW, LFMT)

(90 - 115 min)

Case presentation- compare and contrast various professional codes

Role of record keeping and informed consent  -

social media, informed consent , how to handle disclosures, record keeping

(115 - 130 min.) BREAK

Day 2:

(130 - 145 min.)  

Presentation of ethical decision-making model(s)

(145 - 160 min.) 

Group Activity - case studies on ethical decision-making models

(160 - 180 min.)  

Small Group Exercise - practicing ethical decision-making models

(180 - 210 min.) 

Large Group Sharing and Discussion of small group exercise.

(210- 220 min.) 

Participants document any action items for current caseload or practice upon conference return.

(220 - 240 min.)

Group discussion on personal and practice integration of ethics, boundaries, dual/multiple relationships in intersecting communities we belong in.

Instructor Bios:

Anna Randall:

Anna Randall, DHS, LCSW, MPH (she/her/hers) is co-founder & Executive Director of TASHRA - The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (tashra.org), a national

nonprofit research and clinical training organization. She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality, a Masters in Public Health, and a Masters in Social Work from Boston Univ. Dr. Randal