The ethical rules for therapists used to be straightforward and unambiguous: no gifts, no dual relationships, and no out-of-session contact. But the ease of digital connection and the shift in our profession’s norms have introduced new questions about professional boundaries.
- How exactly do we manage relationships through email, texting, and social media?
- Should we Google clients before our first session?
- If I live in a small town, how can I avoid dual-relationships?
- Where is the line drawn for interactions outside of the office?
Watch Mary Jo Barrett and Linda Stone Fish and you will discover how to establish boundaries with your clients and avoid compassion fatigue. One of the most difficult aspects of being a therapist is not over-expending yourself, but still be an effective resource for your client. Mary Jo Barrett and Linda Stone Fish’s witty and humorous personalities will shine as they guide you through real-life examples and today’s techniques on how to create ethical attunement within your therapeutic encounters.
Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD
Linda Stone Fish, MSW, PhD., is the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University and the author of Nurturing Queer Youth.
Financial: Linda Stone Fish is in private practice. She is a David B. Falk Endowed Professor at Syracuse University.
Non-financial: Linda Stone Fish is a member of the American Family Therapy Association.
Mary Jo Barrett, MSW
Mary Jo Barrett, MSW, is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change, and the coauthor of Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change and Systemic Treatment of Incest.
Financial: Mary Jo Barrett is the founder and director of the Center for Contextual Change.
Non-financial: Mary Jo Barrett has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.