Encore of Fall PSCSW Educational Conference Ethical Concerns in the Treatment of Traumatized Clients

**This is a recorded encore presentation of the live conference held on October 15, 2022

The PSCSW Education Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming conference featuring Dr. Janina Fisher, PhD, a well-known psychotherapist, consultant and trainer who specializes in trauma. Program and registration details below and at: www.pscsw.org

Dr. Janina Fisher, PhD

Ethical Concerns in the Treatment of Traumatized Clients

Saturday, October 30, 2022
Zoom, Digital Platform
3 Ethics CEUs

 Workshop Summary

Treating traumatized individuals entails much more than witnessing their memories of what happened. Research shows a strong association between a history of trauma and symptoms such as suicidality, self-harm, eating disorders, substance abuse and even violence towards others. In addition, traumatized individuals are left with a profound loss of trust and hyper-vigilant anticipation of future threat, biasing their perceptions of the therapist and therapy. The therapist working with this population is likely to encounter particularly challenging ethical issues from confidentiality to duty to warn to client misperceptions of unethical behavior.

This workshop will address how to understand the effects of trauma on the client, how to interpret threats of violence towards self and others, confidentiality in the context of trauma, and other predictable ethical issues. Participants will be encouraged to present cases as we apply a modern understanding of trauma and its effects to the ethical challenges that arise in the treatment.

Invited Presenter

Dr. Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School.

An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation and author of three books: Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022). She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based interventions into trauma treatment, and she is also the creator of Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) therapy.

Detailed Schedule

8:30-9AM                    Registration

9-9:45AM                    Overview of neurobiologically informed trauma theory

9:45-10:15AM             Developing the therapeutic relationship: addressing mistrust and empathic failure

10:15-10:45AM           Ethical Issues raised by unsafe and addictive behavior

10:45-11AM                Break

11-11:45AM                Using trauma-informed communication to resolve ethical and attachment issues in the therapeutic relationship

11:45-12PM                Questions and Discussion



  1. Participants will understand clients and conceptualize cases from a trauma and neuroscience perspective
  2. Participants will evaluate client symptoms and anticipate ethical issues
  3. Participants will use “trauma-informed communication” to address transference and countertransference issues in the therapy
  4. Participants will identify therapeutic errors and use them to enhance treatment and increase client trust

Registration Information

You may register for this conference by completing the registration form and mailing it with a check or credit card information to the PSCSW office; or you may register online with a credit card atwww.pscsw.org. All conference fees include a CE certificate. If you need to cancel after you have registered, refunds (minus a $15 administrative fee) will be issued prior to the program date.

Continuing Education

FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 3 ethics CE credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 CE credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for 3 clinical continuing education ethics credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4)

FOR DELAWARE SOCIAL WORKERS: Presenter(s) have a minimum of 2 (two) years of practical application and/or research experience pertaining to the subject matter of this presentation. Please consult section 7.2.5 of the rules of the Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners to determine if this course is in conformance with state regulations.

PSCSW is authorized to provide CE Credits to participants who attend programs in their entirety,

in this case from 9:00AM until 12:00PM.

Time will be strictly enforced.

  •  October 30, 2022
     9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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