Ethics in the Clinical Relationship

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Ethics in the Clinical Relationship

7 October, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT

In this presentation, you will learn: Principle that guides ethical decision making in the clinical relationship; the Iatrogenic effect and ethical dilemmas; the impact of counselor “unfinished business” and ethical dilemmas; how to establish healthy boundaries in the clinical relationship; how pandemics like COVID 19 impact boundaries and ethics; boundaries of physical touch and verbal communication; transference, countertransference, and ethical dilemmas; Ethics and termination


  • Be able to utilize 8 principles which can guide ethical decision making
  • Be able to use countertransference as a gift to avoid ethical dilemmas
  • Be able to terminate the clinical relationship in an ethical manner
  • Be aware of 5 types of transference and how they can impact ethics
  • Be able to establish healthy boundaries in the clinical relationship
  • Be aware of how counselor unfinished business can impact ethics


Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands.

Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, Recovery Management: and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Life Time Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board and the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni.

Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30 year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.