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CC18 Law & Ethics 02 - Really Hard Work: Legal and Ethical Issues in Couples and Family Therapy (Part 02) - Steven Frankel, PhD, JD

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Continuing Education |  Law & Ethics |  Couples Therapy |  Therapist Development
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2018 |  Online Continuing Education
A. Steven Frankel, PhD, JD, ABPP
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
May 03, 2018
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This six-hour program seeks to provide information and recommendations for mental health professionals whose work includes the assessment and treatment of couples and families. The program begins with an update on legal and ethical developments that affect providers, and then moves to a discussion of risk management strategies for clinicians, including the most critical issues faced by clinicians in their work. We continue with important issues concerning confidentiality and “secrets” in couples and family therapy. The program then moves to a discussion of licensing Board complaints against couples and family therapists, starting with information that includes the fact that the highest frequency of board complaints involves conflicts regarding child custody. Finally, we discuss the developments in the use of Telehealth in the provision of services to couples and families.

Educational Objectives:

  1. State at least three risk factors faced by couples counselors.
  2. List at least two approaches to family “secrets” in couples counseling.
  3. Name an author of at least one book or research paper in the area of couples counseling.
  4. Name at least one organization devoted to the training of couples Counselors.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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A. Steven Frankel PhD, JD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and an Attorney at Law licensed in California, and The District of Columbia. He is a Diplomate in both Clinical and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. He earned his PhD at Indiana University, and interned at the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University. 

After leaving full-time university service, Dr. Frankel entered clinical practice, with both in- and outpatient responsibilities. Beginning in 1980, his psychology practice focused increasingly on the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic and dissociative disorders. He began consulting relationships with trauma treatment programs of private psychiatric hospitals in 1990. In 1993, he joined with Walter and Linda Young in the opening of a unit for the treatment of traumatic and dissociative disorders at Del Amo Hospital in Torrance, CA and remained a consultant to the program until July of 2000. An ISSD member since 1990 and Fellow since 1998, he was elected President of the ISSD for 2001-02.