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Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy: Practicing Defensively©

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Friday, March 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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Workshop hours will be from 9:00am – 4:00pm (lunch on your own). Check-in will begin at 8:30am

This course meets state licensure requirements for continuing education in Law and Ethics.

Psychoanalysis as well as dynamic and intensive psychotherapy necessarily involve establishing a working relationship with the client over an extended period of time. But the history of such therapeutic relationships demonstrates the perils and pitfalls of this type of intimacy. How can issues of multiple roles, interpersonal boundaries, and real personal involvements around such things as gift-giving, disclosures, bartering, field trips, and telephone or E-mail contacts be considered in the most professional manner possible? What are the sources of most false accusations against therapists and how can they be averted and/or dealt with safely, productively, and professionally? The Ewing cases and the new duty to protect guidelines will be provided along with specific guidelines for achieving HIPAA compliance—especially the electronic security rules and the new HITECH federal legislation.

Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy: Practicing Defensively (authored by the instructor) received the 2001 Gradiva best book of the year award by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. This course is based on the dynamic and risk management aspects of the 2007 updated edition of the book.

Workshop Learning Objectives:

  • To learn how to identify areas of high risk in advance and to take appropriate preventative measures
  • To learn how to distinguish four distinctly different levels of transference-countertransference involvement and how various clinical issues must be considered differently according to different developmental levels and therapeutic needs
  • To learn how to update forms for patient information, informed consent, releases, referrals, consultations, and terminations
  • To learn how to limit liability with supervisees, students, and colleagues as well as clients; and, most importantly
  • To learn how to cultivate an attitude of mindfulness regarding accountability and risk management in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • To learn the legal principles involved in the duty to protect
  • To learn how to comply with the federal Health Portability and Privacy Act (HIPAA)


About the presenter

Lawrence E. Hedges, Ph.D., Psy.D., ABPP is a psychologist-psychoanalyst in private practice in Orange, California, specializing in the training of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. He is director of the Listening Perspectives Study Center and the founding director of the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in Tustin, California where he is a supervising and training psychoanalyst. He is an Assistant Professor at The University of California Irvine Medical School, the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hedges is author of numerous papers and books on the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy including Listening Perspectives in Psychotherapy; Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy: Practicing Defensively and Sex in Psychotherapy: Sexuality, Passion, Love and Desire in the Therapeutic Encounter. In addition, Dr. Hedges offers live video and book based Continuing Education courses for mental health professionals based on many of his books; to learn more visit sfrankelgroup.com, Also available are five of his books free to download @ www.freepsychotherapybooks.org


Continuing Education

Meets requirements for 6 hours of MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCS, and  RNs and Psychologist CEUs.

This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEPs), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families; Provider 2522).

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15108, for 6 Contact hours.

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is  approval by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Accessibility Requests

If you require assistance due to disability or other special needs, please let us know in advance so that reasonable accommodations may be made.

Have questions about Facing the Challenge of Liability in Psychotherapy: Practicing Defensively©? Contact Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

When & Where

975 Flynn Rd
Camarillo, 93012

Friday, March 7, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is one of the largest providers of mental health services for children and families on California’s central coast. We serve over 430 families daily, many of whom have faced abuse and neglect, severe emotional disturbances, mental health challenges, multiple out-of-home placements, and a variety of other challenges.

Our campus and community services include: Emergency Shelter, Residential Treatment, Non-Public School, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Health Services Clinic, Therapeutic Behavioral Services/Intensive Behavioral Services, Wraparound, and Emergency Crisis Response.

Visit www.casapacifica.org for more information.

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