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Ethical Dilemmas in Couple Therapy: Confidentiality or Secret Keeping? | Webinar | 24 April 2020 | 09:00-12:00
This is the first live webinar to be hosted by Vista Academy.
Date: 24 April 2020
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Presenter: Adri Kruger
HPCSA: 3 ethics CEUs (counselling, clinical, industrial, educational and research psychologists; psychometrists and registered counsellors)
SACSSP: 2,5 CPD points
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Mental healthcare practitioners who work with couples are frequently confronted by both moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding confidentiality and privacy which are not present when working with individuals. This webinar explores the potential minefield of ethical issues a mental healthcare professional is faced with when creating a confidentiality policy for couples.
Most professional ethics codes do not offer clear guidelines on how to navigate privacy when one partner wishes to keep information secret from another partner. Keeping secrets may jeopardise the crucial working alliance between the therapist and couple, as well as the therapist’s ability to maintain fairness and neutrality in his/her relationship with both partners. In addition, unclear policies & practices may leave the therapist legally vulnerable in matters such as the disclosure of information and record-keeping.
The appropriate and ethical handling of secrets is necessary for the therapist to avoid ethical, therapeutic and legal dilemmas. This is especially relevant when the confidential or secret information involves contentious matters such as infidelity, addiction, paternity or health risks.
This webinar will enable mental healthcare practitioners to:
- Conceptualise and identify the criteria for choosing to work with an individual only, as part of a couple, or in a combination of both,
- Protect confidentiality while maintaining a strong working alliance with the couple,
- Identify and address the complicated ethical issues surrounding confidentiality, autonomy and privacy when working with couples, and
- Establish clear policies & practices regarding confidentiality when working with couples.