Ethical Challenges in Conducting Child, Adolescent, and Adult

The New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center
Scientific Presentation
Ethical Challenges in Conducting Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Presented by: Lee Ascherman, M.D. & Sam Rubin, M.D.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Anna Many Lounge in the Caroline Richardson Building
Tulane University Campus
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00a.m.-12:15p.m. Program
Independent of the type of psychotherapy being conducted, core ethical principles that
transcend time and jurisdictions apply. The guiding compass remains the clinician’s obligation to
create and protect the integrity of the psychotherapeutic space in order to provide patients of all ages,
the freedom to identify, examine, explore, and hopefully resolve the issues that bring them into
treatment. Advances in technology (electronic and telephone communication) variations in state law,
and the evolution of federal law (HIPPA, Jaffe vs Redmond) stimulate consideration of how traditional
regard for boundaries, privacy, and the patient’s autonomy are influenced by these developments.
In this workshop, relevant aspects of the Hippocratic Oath and the ethical codes of the
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association will
be reviewed, followed by a discussion of the basic components of the clinician’s obligation to create,
define, and protect the integrity of the psychotherapeutic frame in order for effective treatment to
occur. Constructs related to boundaries, privacy, confidentially, and the patient’s autonomy will be
highlighted. Following this, challenges posed by advances in modern technology, variations in state
law, and the evolution of federal law will be discussed. Additional topics discussed include the
protection of data about our patients, particularly with children and adolescents,
communications with outside parties, the challenges of practice in a “small community”, public
encounters, and the issue of privacy versus secrecy. Clinical case examples will be given and
questions entertained to further discussion of the issues.
Ethical Challenges in Conducting Child, Adolescent, and Adult
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
1. Increase their understanding of the ethical issues relevant to the modern practice of
psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults.
2. Gain knowledge of federal law relevant to privacy and the challenges posed by modern
technology in the protecting of privacy in the practice of psychotherapy.
3. Improve awareness of potential boundary violations in the conduct of psychotherapy with
patients of all ages.
Registration fees:
$60 for Center members; $75 for non-members; $30 for college students (includes 3 hrs CME credit)
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Complete registration form and mail with check to:
The New Orleans Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center
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Payment Option 2:
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On Saturday, you may park on campus without a permit. There is street parking on Newcomb Place.
In addition, you may park in the parking garage near The Reilly Center (McAlister Drive and Willow).
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation
Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the
New Orleans Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to
provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME
program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose..
Psychologists and Social Workers may receive credit for this activity with a CME certificate.