Sexual Boundary Violations:
Therapeutic, Supervisory, and Academic Contexts
This course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education
This course is an overview of the issues associated with sexual boundary violations in therapeutic, supervisory and academic contexts. Sexual boundary violations are considered the most serious ethical infraction in the mental health profession, as well as in higher education and pastoral counseling. Recognized as unethical due to the power imbalance inherent in the structure of the therapist-patient and teacher-student dyads, erotic contact between therapists and patients has been revealed in prevalence studies to occur at an unacceptably high incidence rate (9 to 12 per cent). There exist few programs, teaching methods, and preventative measures that adequately address the problem of sexual boundary violations, despite the fact that discussing this problem openly is no longer taboo. This course addresses this gap, providing educators, trainers, and clinicians with a resource to aid in developing programs, ethics workshops, seminars, and other educative or clinical teaching projects.
This course incorporates the latest findings in the area of sexual boundary violations.This course also includes the introduction of a preventative measure and assessment tool that caregivers may use to identify levels of risk or vulnerability at different points in their career. This measure derives from a research project that employed eleven reliable and validated psychological measures. This is an empirically controlled, double-blind study not previously published. Several of the measures are combined to develop a 'Boundary Violation Vulnerability Index' based on this research. This measure represents a preventative tool to aid therapists in training as well as those at different points in their careers in order to monitor levels of risk in an ongoing way.
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In this 7 unit course, clinicians will be able to:
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Pt. I Nature and scope of the problem
1 How do they happen? 3
2 This couldn't happen to me 15
3 Precursors to therapist sexual misconduct 27
4 When is a couch just a couch? 43
5 The therapeutic context 55
6 Academic and supervisory contexts 65
7 Sexual misconduct in the clergy 77
Pt. II Reporting, fallout, and recovery
8 Reporting and other ethical responsibilities 95
9 Collateral damage and recovery 111
10 Helping the victims 129
Pt. III Rehabilitation
11 Therapy of the transgressor 145
12 Helping the helpers : supervision of the transgressor 159
Pt. IV Prevention
13 Responsible responsivity
14 Love and hate in the countertransference : preventing violations through supervision 191
15 Boundary violations vulnerability index (BVVI) 201
App. A Personal and interpersonal characteristics of transgressors 213
App. B A Rorschach investigation 231
Reviews for Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory,
and Academic Contexts
|Andrea Celenza, Ph.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Celenza has consulted with, evaluated, supervised or treated over 70 cases of therapist-patient sexual misconduct. She has authored and presented numerous papers on therapists who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a focus on training, supervisory and rehabilitation issues. She is consultant to professional licensing boards, professional organizations and institutes as well as the Episcopal Diocese and other clerical organizations. Dr. Celenza is a member of the Committee on Psychoanalytic Education (COPE) of the American Psychoanalytic Association, a study group focusing on boundaries. She is on the faculty at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis. In 2006, Dr. Celenza was the recipient of the Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award and the Felix and Helena Deutsch Prize for her paper, "The Threat of Male to Female Erotic Transference." She is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts|
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