DPA - Delaware Psychological Association

New Castle County - Boundaries, Borders, and Multiplicities in Psychotherapy: Ethics and Professionalism for Psychologists

  • June 13, 2014
  • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Medical Society of Delaware, 900 Prides Crossing, Newark, DE, 19713


You may register on-line, by mail by completing the registration form from the program flyer, or by calling the DPA office at (302) 475-1574.

New Castle County Morning Session

This program is sponsored by the Delaware Psychological Association (DPA) and has been approved for 3 CE credits.  DPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor CE credits for psychologists and maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Registration and light fare will be from
8:00 to 8:30 am.
Program will begin promptly at 8:30.


Presenter: Dr. Stephen Behnke received his J.D. from Yale Law school and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.  He was named faculty fellow in Harvard University's program in Ethics and the Professions in 1998.  After his fellowship, Behnke directed a program in research integrity in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School.  In November of 2000, Behnke assumed the position of director of ethics at the American Psychology Association.  he holds an appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard medical School.  Behnke co-leads an ethics discussion group at the meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association and has consulted to various psychoanalytic institutes regarding issues of ethics and law.

About the Program: This program will explore ethical and professional aspects of boundaries and borders within the psychotherapeutic context.  The program will review standards in the APA Ethics Code that are relevant to boundaries and borders in psychotherapy, and then will explore why these concepts are so deeply embedded in our ethical understanding of the psychotherapeutic process.  This exploration will address how borders and boundaries take shape in a relational context where multiple dimensions of self-identity are at play, such as age, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability and religion.  The program will distinguish among ethical, professional, and clinical issues, and will press to understand the difference among these categories.  The program will offer a model for ethical decision making, and provide a series of practice-oriented vignettes for discussion.  The values underpinning the APA Ethics code will be stressed throughout the program and will be a point of special emphasis in discussing the vignettes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the ethical standards in the APA Ethics Code that are especially relevant to borders and boundaries in psychology.
  • Grasp the values underpinning the APA Ethics Code that form the basis for ethical standards relevant to borders and boundaries in psychotherapy.
  • Gain a process for ethical decision making.
  • Distinguish ethical issues from professional issues in psychology.
  • Understand how the APA Ethics Code addresses aspects of identity such as age, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability and religion.



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