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By the end of the course, the Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Worker or Psychologist will be able to:
-Discuss three realizations regarding therapist boundary violations.
-Discuss five biases regarding therapists’ self-perception.
-Discuss two patterns regarding therapist sexual violation.
-Discuss three hurdles regarding collapse of the therapeutic space.
-Describe four characteristics regarding client and therapist therapeutic alliance.
-Discuss four warnings regarding client attachment to therapist.
-Discuss six categories regarding mental health professionals with mental illness.
-Discuss gender role conflict in therapy.
-Discuss three factors regarding perspective of abuse in the consulting room.
-Discuss characteristics of relational autonomy.
-Discuss four phases of psychological helplessness.
-Discuss five strategies regarding healing from sexual trauma.
-Discuss three obstacles to healing progress.
-Discuss three feelings regarding disclosure of sexual assault.
-Name primary hallmarks of boundary failures in the borderline client.
-Name two definitions of manipulation.
-Explain the NASW, AAMFT, NBCC, and APA code of ethics regarding prohibiting sexual relationships with former clients.
-Name potential clients warned about concerning boundaries and the power dynamic in consumer information.
-Explain what is Otto Fenichel’s definition of transference.
-Name some interventions to counteract the power dynamic with clients who exhibit exaggerated silence.
-Name two types of therapist/patient relationships need to be balanced regarding supportive versus excessive therapeutic relationships.
-Explain who else can be included in a sexual harassment lawsuit besides the person harassed.
-Explain what is an example of a forceful cognitive intervention to use with a client’s self-defeating patterns, if used correctly, will not violate the balance of power.
-Explain what behavior on the part of clients put therapists in a position of power and yet impedes the therapist in his or her task of assisting clients to transcend their limited notions of themselves.
-Name three problematic feelings a therapist might experience regarding a client/patient that might lead to a sexual transgression.

"The instructional level of this course is introductory, intermediate, or advanced depending on the learners clinical area of expertise."