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    Ethics in Clinical Practice: The Foundation of Trust

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    8:00 PM

    "Ethics in Clinical Practice: The Foundation of Trust" with Stephen Behnke, Rita Clark, Robert Michels, and Robert Grayson (moderator)

    Ethical considerations pervade virtually every aspect of the therapeutic encounter in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. They form a vital part of the milieu in which a patient can develop confidence and trust in the practitioner. In addition, they have broad implications involving educational institutions, professional organizations, and the community at large.

    The panel will focus on two of the most important ethical aspects of clinical work: confidentiality and boundaries. Patients have the right to privacy and the assurance that their therapists will maintain confidentiality about their thoughts, feelings, fantasies, and actions. How do those principles play out today, as some people declare them to be irrelevant, useless, archaic, and even dead?

    Closely related to confidentiality is the concept of boundaries. We need to examine what is meant by a boundary, a boundary crossing, and a boundary violation. These concepts apply not only to the sexual sphere but also to other aspects of education and practice, such as supervision, records, publication, insurance, fees, and gifts.

    Following introductory remarks by the moderator, each of the panelists will present a brief statement of some of the central ideas in the ethical field. Their presentations will be followed by interchanges among the panelists and, also, between the panelists and members of the audience.

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Stephen Behnke, JD, PhD is the director of the Ethics Office of the American Psychological Association. He has previously held positions as chief psychologist of the Day Hospital Unit at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and director of a program in research integrity in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. He co-leads an ethics discussion group at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr. Behnke's research interests focus on the convergence of law, ethics, and psychology. He has been a consultant to various psychoanalytic institutes regarding issues of ethics and law.

    Rita W. Clark, MDis the co-editor of the Ethics Handbook of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a source widely used in the instruction of ethics at analytic institutes. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and a member of the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (formerly NYU), where she has taught ethics courses for many years. Dr. Clark is the former chair of the Ethics Committee and the current chair of the Psychoanalytic Assistance Committee at IPE. She is Medical Expert and Consultant to the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration, providing expert testimony about psychiatric disability in adults and children.

    Robert Michels, MD has had a distinguished career in psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and medical education. He is a training analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, and a former joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Michels is the Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine, Cornell University, and University Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He served as Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of The New York Hospital from 1974 to 1991. He was the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Cornell University Medical College from 1991 to 1996.

    Robert S. Grayson, MD is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He was the President of the New York Psychoanalytic Society from 1993-1995. He served for many years as a member and then as chairperson of the Ethics Committee of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. In 1999, he originated the course Ethics in Clinical Practice at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and has continued to teach that course to the present time. Dr. Grayson also originated the Institute's Oral History Project, which taped in-depth interviews of eminent psychoanalysts. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he has worked as a liaison psychiatrist.

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