Your Modern Therapist Ethics Questions Answered: Digging into the mail bag to identify how to behave ethically in modern times


Curt Widhalm, LMFT and Katie Vernoy, LMFT | 1 CE hour | Podcourse

Too often in groups of therapists, you’ll hear confusing situations being described as “unethical” or illegal without any other explanations. Big feelings about complex situations often lead to therapists avoiding them all together. We dug into our listener mail bag (and gathered our own questions) to sort through more complicated and modern questions that don’t often get talked about in grad school or ethics courses. We discuss dual relationships, documentation, therapist performers and influencers, fee-setting, and our responsibility to correct each other. We look at ethics codes and the philosophy behind ethical decision-making to sort through complex situations.


At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 2 elements of dual relationships to consider when deciding whether to engage in said relationship with a therapy client
  2. Describe minimum documentation standards for therapy
  3. Assess the importance of using an ethical decision making model
  4. Describe what needs to go into their fee setting process

    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:

    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:


    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.