November 14, 2017
"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
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium