DPA - Delaware Psychological Association

DPA's Annual Convention with Dr. Courtois - SATURDAY ONLY. Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy: Facing Indiscretions, Transgressions, and Misconduct.

  • November 06, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Virtual (Zoom)


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

DPA's 19th Annual Convention (Virtual)

November 6, 2021

Presented by Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., ABPP




3 Ethics CE Credits

Title: Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy: Facing Indiscretions, Transgressions, and Misconduct


Have you ever said:

  • “I would never do that?”
  • “It would never happen to me”
  • “That only happens to others in the field, not to me.”  

This is a common perception that most psychotherapists hold that does not account for a wide variety of situational and other circumstances. These will be addressed in this workshop.


At end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

1.     Explain and discuss the ethics of professional boundaries and why they are important in safeguarding both therapist and client.

2.     Assess and communicate features of individuals and institutions that might be “collateral damage” when SBVs occur.

3.     Discuss SBV’s as a form of betrayal trauma that has many negative consequences.

4.     Describe ways that therapists can work to prevent SBVs in their own therapies and can work with others when risk is evident.


Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified counseling psychologist, recently retired from her clinical practice and now a consultant/trainer on trauma psychology and treatment. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Maryland Psychological Association, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She is a charter member and past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She was the founding Associate Editor of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy and chaired the recently released APA Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD in Adults. She has received the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Professional Practice, the ISTSS Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, and most recently the American Board of Professional Psychology Distinguished Service Award to the Profession of Psychology and the APA Division 56 Lifetime Achievement Award. She has written or co-edited ten books and numerous articles on topics of trauma and its treatment.

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