How Do We Think About Professional Ethics?

September 17, 2021 at 12:45 PM

Virtual Grand Rounds with Stephanie Schechter, PsyD 

12:50-1:50 p.m.   

NOTE: This is s a VIRTUAL event and  requires advance registration.      

Grand Rounds are designed for mental health professionals, offered free of charge, and provide 1.0 continuing education credit (see details below). This event offers Risk Management CME credit.         

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Stephanie Schechter, PsyD presents a virtual grand rounds at Austen Riggs.

The tendency to avoid issues around professional ethics is common and multi-determined.  Codes of ethics are uniquely boring and hard to remember.  Unconsciously, most of us carry shame about clinical situations in which we know we may have crossed a boundary, prioritized our own needs above the patient's or fallen short of our high expectations of professional practice.  We have all faced dilemmas in which there is no clear path and the risk of an ethical breach feels inevitable. Institutions, sometimes traumatized by a history of serious violations, may struggle to address issues of professional practice in an open, curious and empathic manner.  

This workshop has been developed to address the aversion to thinking about ethics by using lively, experience-near fictional vignettes which depict complex, thorny ethical dilemmas.  In this particular workshop, the focus will be on patient confidentiality - the bedrock of clinical practice.  A vignette in which multiple factors contribute to a possible breach of a patient's confidentiality will be presented and discussed.  Our goal will be to explore the inherent risks to patient confidentiality, and also to deepen our understanding of how each of us thinks about ethical dilemmas.  

Stephanie Schechter, PsyD, is a psychologist and faculty member at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.  She is a member of the Ethics Education Committee as well as the Ethics Committee at BPSI.  She conducts workshops at the American Psychoanalytic Associations biannual meetings and psychoanalytic institutes across the country.  She also consults on issues of ethics education, professional conduct, and colleague assistance.  She is a contributing author of the Psychoanalyst Assistance Casebook.  She is in private practice in Cambridge, MA. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Erikson Institute Education Coordinator and Events Assistant, Kathleen Young at: kathleen.young@austenriggs.net / 413.931.5230.    

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  • Participants will learn to identify conscious and unconscious determinants of avoidance regarding issues of professional ethics.

  • Participants will learn to identify situations in which multiple ethical demands are at play, and demonstrate a heightened awareness of their own individual values which guide their decision-making.

  • Participants will assess a (fictional) clinical situation in which a patient’s confidentiality is potentially compromised and identify various ways privacy may be unintentionally jeopardized.


Approved for: Physicians, Psychologists, Social Work, and Nursing      
Pending for: LMHC    

The Austen Riggs Center designates this live interactive webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.        

The Austen Riggs Center is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Austen Riggs Center, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0115. 

The Austen Riggs Center also designates this live interactive webinar for 1.0 continuing education credit(s) (CE) for psychology.       

This live activity is approved for up to 1.0 hour(s) of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, risk management study.

The Austen Riggs Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. For additional information about this program, please call the Erikson Institute Education Coordinator, at 413.931.5230.       

The Austen Riggs Center, #1344, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Austen Riggs Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider Approval Period: 02/02/2020-2/2/2023. Social workers completing this live interactive webinar will receive 1.0 continuing education credit(s).        

For a listing of jurisdictions that accept ACE, please visit www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.       

This live interactive webinar program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for (1) contact hour(s).         

This live interactive webinar meets the requirements of the MaMHCA, authorization # TBD for 1.0 category 1 continuing education credit(s).       

The Austen Riggs Center follows all state and federal laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). In accordance with the ADA, the Austen Riggs Center is committed to accessibility. If you need accommodations for your course, please contact info@austenriggs.net.      

For information about our accreditation, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/accreditation-educational-activities.    

Attendees who wish to receive CE credit should note: after the conclusion of the event, you will receive an email with a link to complete the evaluation and claim your credits.