Crossing Boundaries: Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice

January 18, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Saturday, January 18th, 2020

Registration: 8:00 am

Breakfast: 8:30 am

Speaker Presentation: 9:00am - 12:00pm

3 CEU's in Ethics

Presentation: Crossing Boudaries: Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice

Presenter: Candace Risen, LISW-S


The concept of boundary crossings and boundary violations in clinical practice has come under scrutiny in the wave of increasing numbers of sexual misconduct cases. Sexual misconduct, however, represents the most extreme violation and usually begins with lesser and more complex boundary crossings. Crossing boundaries can be therapeutic, neutral, or harmful, depending on the therapist's motivation for the behavior and a careful consideration of possible outcomes. However situations that challenge the therapist to cross a boundary are rarely brought to supervision or discussed with colleagues because of the subject' s highly personal nature

This workshop will define and describe the concept of boundaries in clinical practice. Ethical dilemmas will be explored, using clinical examples from the participants. Preventative and reparative interventions will be discussed.


Candace Risen LISW-S is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work in the Department of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. From 1977-2017 she was the Co-Director of the Center for Marital & Sexual Health, nationally and internationally recognized as a training center of excellence in the field of human sexuality. The Center offered sub-specialty programs in sexual functioning, sexual orientation, sexual deviance disorders, gender identity disorders, sexual addiction, and professional boundary crossing. In recognition of the Center, Mrs. Risen and her partners were co-recipients of the 2005 Society for Sex Therapy and Research Masters & Johnson award for outstanding contribution to the field.

Mrs. Risen’s clinical specialty in professional boundary crossings has been utilized by numerous professional licensing boards throughout the United States to assist in the evaluation of people who have committed serious criminal and/or ethical sexual violations. She is well known as an educator and workshop leader in this area. She is the Associate Editor of a book, Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals, in which she wrote a chapter, "Boundary Crossings in Clinical Practice", that reflects more than three decades of her interest in the nature of the therapeutic relationship.


3.0 MCE credits in Ethics will be provided from the OPA-MCE. The Cleveland Psychological Association, Inc. is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association, Inc., #06P0-341377843, maintains responsibility for the program. 


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