KU Spring Ethics Workshop for Psychologists

Boundaries, Borders, and Multiplicities in Psychotherapy: Ethics and Professionalism for Psychologists

Stephen H. Behnke, J.D., Ph.D., MDiv

Director, American Psychological Association Ethics Office

April 11, 2014

9:00am to Noon

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

Programming and Learning Objectives

The KU Clinical Child Psychology Program, the KU Clinical Psychology Program, and The Commons, are pleased to welcome Dr. Behnke as the speaker for the 2014 KU Spring Ethics Workshop for Psychologists. 

This program will explore ethical and professional aspects of boundaries and borders within the psychotherapeutic context. The program will review standards in the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Code that are relevant to boundaries and borders in psychotherapy, and then will explore why these concepts are so deeply embedded in our ethical understanding of the psychotherapeutic process. This exploration will address how borders and boundaries take shape in a relational context where multiple dimensions of self-identity are at play, such as age, culture, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability and religion.

The program will distinguish ethical issues from professional issues, and will press to understand the difference between these two categories. The program will offer a model for ethical decision making, and provide a series of practice-oriented vignettes for discussion. The values underpinning the APA Ethics code will be stressed throughout the program and will be a point of special emphasis in discussing the vignettes.

Three (3) hours of intermediate level continuing education for psychologists are available for this event.*  At the end of the session, attendees will be able to

  • describe the ethical standards in the APA Ethics Code that are especially relevant to borders and boundaries in psychotherapy.
  • explain the values underpinning the APA Ethics Code that form the basis for ethical standards relevant to borders and boundaries in psychotherapy.
  • distinguish ethical issues from professional issues in psychology.
  • demonstrate how the APA Ethics Code addresses aspects of identity such as age, culture, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability and religion.

Credit for partial attendance is not available. 


This event is open to the public free of charge. However, individuals who wish to receive continuing education credits will be assessed a CE processing fee of $45.   Advance payment is required for CE credits.  Please make checks payable to the KU Clinical Child Psychology Program.  Please complete the online registration form and (if CEs are needed) remit your $45 CE Processing Fee to:

Tammie Zordel
Clinical Child Psychology Program
2015 Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555

Payment for CE credits must be received by March 15, 2014.  Partial refunds are available for cancelations between March 15 and April 1.  After April 1, no refunds can be provided. 

For more information, please contact Tammie Zordel (tzordel@ku.edu or 785-864-4226). 


Parking for the event is available in the Visitor Parking Garage on Jayhawk Blvd. north of the Kansas Union.  This link will provide a map of campus. 


*The KU Clinical Child Psychology Program is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The KU Clinical Child Psychology Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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