Schedule for the ACEPT May Conference - May 14th meeting via Zoom

Webinar: "The Fraught Nature of Saying Goodbye: Ethical, Legal, and Training Considerations in the Psychotherapy and Supervisory Processes"

Termination is an important but understudied stage of psychotherapy, despite its significance, finality, and the powerful feelings it may evoke. Similarly, termination of supervision at the end of the training year has seldom been studied empirically, but is an important component of the training experience. This workshop will address clinical, ethical, legal, and training considerations associated with the termination process in both psychotherapy and supervision. Key ethical considerations, as well as best practice guidelines for guiding trainees through these processes will be reviewed. Case vignettes will be integrated into the presentation to highlight common dilemmas which arise in the termination process for both supervisors and trainees.

Specific topics to be addressed in the workshop include the following: the meaning of termination for clients, trainees, and their supervisors, key clinical, ethical, legal, and training considerations in the psychotherapy and supervisory termination processes, responding to different forms of termination, important guidelines in closure and transfer of cases, parallel processes between psychotherapy and supervisory terminations, and the importance of special attention to the final clinical session or supervisory meeting. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the program when attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. A PowerPoint slideshow will be shared with attendees.

Presenter Biography: Susan Zoline, Ph.D. (Professor of Psychology @ Adler University)

Susan Zoline headshotSusan Zoline, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing, teaching, and consulting in the Chicago area for forty years. Dr. Zoline is Professor of Psychology in the PsyD program at Adler University where she teaches Professional Ethics, Clinical Supervision, and Psychotherapy Seminar courses, as well as assisting students with the internship application process.

She was previously Professor of Psychology and University Fellow at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, where she taught clinical masters and doctoral students for thirty years. Dr. Zoline's areas of professional expertise include professional ethics, clinical supervision, suicide/violence/abusee asssessment and intervention, and risk management. Dr. Zoline is a longstanding members of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) Ethics Committee, which she has co-chaired since 2010, and also serves as IPA Academic Section Chair.

Additionally, she has served as an expert witness in criminal matters as well as for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regarding Clinical Psychologist licensure issues. She has worked clinically in a broad variety of settings and regularly consults and provides workshops to mental health and other professionals, both locally and nationally, on topics related to professional ethics.

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