What Can Therapists Say About Celebrities? The ethics of public statements

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What is the therapist’s role when people in the news are showing behaviors or making statements that possibly indicate a mental health condition? This course explores the history of mental health professionals’ roles, duties, and controversies surrounding making statements about people that they have never seen as clients and how the ethical rules were created, applied, and misinterpreted from the original authors to the professional organizations today.

In this course, participants will be able to: 

  1. Explain the foundations and history of the American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater principle
  2. Distinguish between commentary about diagnostics and descriptions of behavior
  3. Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate statements according to today’s professional association’s ethical codes

Our Presenters

Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) ethics committee, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, lecturer in Counseling Laws and Ethics at California State University Northridge, a former Law & Ethics Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and former CFO of CAMFT. Learn more at: www.curtwidhalm.com

Katie Vernoy, LMFT

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Theater from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Katie’s experience spans many leadership and management roles in the mental health field since getting her license in 2005: program coordinator, director, clinical supervisor, hiring manager, recruiter, and former President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Learn more at: www.katievernoy.com

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CAMFT CEPA
Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.