This year’s ethics program explores the emotional competence of providers and its impact on their professional activities. This year’s program builds on previous presentations, which covered an orientation to the concept of emotional competence, as well as a small group guided discussion experience addressing "What Therapists Don’t Talk About and Why: Understanding Taboos That Hurt Us And Our Clients” (Pope, Sonne and Greene; APA).
This year’s ethics program is scheduled for December 9th and will include Dr. Oraker presenting additional information on Competent Constellations’ structural limitations and advocacy for practitioners facing a complaint, discussing assistance, support and resources in a safe place.
Dr. Oraker’s presentation will be followed by Dr. Len Tamura, who will present how threats to one’s competence can be dealt with using the structured guidelines offered in a competent community. Dr. Tamura will also provide methods for identifying threats to emotional competence and techniques for working with such threats.
Open discussion will be included. Tickets are $25 for members, $40 for non-members, and $15 for students. 2.5 Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for attending this event.
Dr. Oraker served as one of the founders of the CPA-PAL committee a resource for distressed and impaired professionals. Dr. Tamura recently published a chapter titled, “Emotional Competence and Well-Being,” in an APA Handbook of Ethics in Psychology: Vol. 1: Moral Foundations and Common Themes. Both Dr. Oraker and Dr. Tamura served on the APA Advisory Committee for Colleague Assistance (ACCA). Both have also served as Chair of the ACCA Committee.
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