On-Demand: Common Therapist Mistakes and The Ethics of Owning Them - 5 CEUs


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  • CE Hours Included: 5 Ethics, Core, or Related (please see below for details)
  • Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $115 (provides lifetime access!)
  • Presented by: Linda Buchanan, Ph.D. (see bio below)

Educational Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  1. List at least 10 common therapist mistakes
  2. Identify the role of the relevant ethical codes in conceptualizing and addressing therapist mistakes
  3. Utilize specific strategies to avoid making each of these mistakes
  4. Describe at least three strategies to use when a therapeutic rupture has occurred
  5. Recognize resistance in psychotherapy as ambivalence

Workshop Description:

An ethics workshop that will make you smile rather than cringe. Do you sometimes give too much advice or give it too early? Do you validate what you don’t know, get into power struggles by taking the healthy voice, or project your values? If you’re like most therapists, you do! All therapists are human and we all make mistakes. This workshop focuses on those mistakes that are very common in the practice of psychotherapy. The word common is used intentionally because we all make them. They are the kind of mistakes that may slow down the therapeutic process but generally won’t halt it or create adverse effects unless they are made too frequently. Talking about these common mistakes enables us to keep them in the forefront of our minds so that we make them less often. Reducing common mistakes enables us to increase compliance with ethical codes regarding the boundaries of competence, maintaining competence, monitoring outcomes and avoiding harm. Finally, recognizing the universality of these mistakes enables us to use humor and even poke fun at ourselves a bit.

Presented by: Linda Buchanan Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Buchanan is a psychologist who has been working in the mental health field for over 30 years. She received her master’s degree from Georgia State University and a Diploma from the Psychological Studies Institute (now known as Richmont University) in Christian Counseling from which she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her work in founding ACE. Dr. Buchanan then went on to receive her Ph.D. from Georgia State University with a specialty in family therapy. Dr. Buchanan founded Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders in 1993 which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She now primarily focuses on consulting and writing. Her book A Clinician’s Guide to Pathological Ambivalence was published in 2019, the content of which she has presented at national and international conferences. She has also self-published three workbooks (one serves as a client companion to the Clinician’s Guide) which can be found on her website at www.lindapaulkbuchanan.com. Additionally, she has published four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders and two book chapters. Dr. Buchanan serves as a peer reviewer of American Psychological Association (APA) Journals and writes a blog called From One Therapist to Another, writing about experience gained in 35 years of clinical practice. She has been married for over 30 years and is the mother of two adopted sons.

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "I feel like this was a perfect workshop. The presenter was engaging and the content was beyond helpful. I have heard of the Gestalt Empty Chair technique before, but seeing it in action in the presentation brought it into a whole new light for me. I, for the first time, can see myself truly implementing this technique in my practice and helping client's grow. I appreciated how prompt and competent with the technology the presenters were! The moderators were also very helpful." - KL, LPC
  • "I am touched by the level of attunement and compassion Dr. Buchanan shows toward client and therapist. This was a fantastic workshop, I am retired but keep my license active. I am reminded how much being a therapist is for our own lives as well as our clients. Thank you. Dr. Buchanan." - CM, LCSW
  • "Excellent presenter with ample knowledge. I appreciated the demonstration and strategies. I loved the different perspective in dealing with oppositional and dependent client statements." - CM
  • "I very much enjoyed this workshop. It is quite possibly the most fun ethics workshop I have ever gone through. I greatly enjoyed this training and will be telling my peers about it for future ethics trainings." CB, LMSW
  • "Linda shared excellent illustrations for the key points from her seasoned career. Thank you!" KB, LPC
  • "She is brilliant, clearly highly experienced. I love all her case examples. Thank you for such quality trainings!!!" - TMJ
  • "The presenter kept me engage. The tools learned were practical and can easily be incorporated in any treatment modality." - NAK, LCSW
  • "Dr. Buchanan was very engaging. She used humor, normalized common therapist experiences, and also gave us tools to change our common responses to avoid making mistakes. The role play was outstanding and I enjoyed the "group" work." - DT, Psychologist
  • "She seemed like a caring and humble therapist who was willing to let us know that she has made some of these mistakes as well and that we are all learning. It reinforced my knowledge about not letting the sessions become a power play or a back and forth. That I don’t need to be working harder than the client." - TT, LPC
  • "Fantastic presenter with practical application!" - WS, LCSW
  • "Great teacher and clinician! Linda was authentic, vulnerable, and helped me feel at ease and engaged." - JH

5 Ethics, Core, or Related CE Clock Hours:

  • Psychologists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    • Georgia Psychologists: All online webinars (both real-time "synchronous" and on-demand "asynchronous") count the same as "live" throughout 2022 (including ethics). There is also a proposed Board rule to make this change permanent. Please stay tuned for updates.
    • Licensed in another state: The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
    • Georgia Counselors: This workshop has been approved for 5 Core Hours as an "On-Demand - asynchronous" course by NBCC (ACEP # above). NBCC hours satisfy the requirements of the Georgia Composite Board. They do not need to be approved by LPCA. This 5 CE course needs to be "Core" because the Georgia Composite Board requires that all Ethics hours be obtained either live or via a live synchronous webinar.
    • Licensed in another state as a Counselor: The Knowledge Tree is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your specific state rules to be certain.
    • Licensed in Canada as a Counselor: This workshop is approved for 5 credit hours through CCPA, event code: 64959939.
  • Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. This workshop is also approved for 5 core CE hours through GSCSW, approval #050922.
    • Georgia: Because we have national approval for all our courses through APA, this workshop would be part of your option for up to 15 "Related Hours." For Masters Licensed Therapists in Georgia, "Related" hours are allowed to comprise up to 15 hours of the total 35 hours required per renewal period (10 hours of On-Demand are expressly permitted, and the extra five would be your optional Independent Study hours). "Ethics" hours must be obtained via a live "Synchronous" event (either in-person or Live Webinars). Please see our Live Webinars for Ethics options.
    • Licensed in another state as a Social Worker or MFT: The Knowledge Tree has national approval for all our courses through APA. Many states will accept APA-approved continuing education hours, but please check your specific state rules & regulations.

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