In their efforts to build and sustain a private practice, therapists often feel pressure to cultivate and maintain referral sources. Through the extensive use of clinical examples, Dr. Muller will elucidate the various factors that are at play during the referral process, and how they can affect the patient, the therapist and the ongoing therapy. All of the participants in the referral process bring their issues and histories into the mix creating a unique, complex interplay of forces which dynamically affect one another. Due to a convergence of financial, professional and personal anxieties, the therapist may be at risk to de-rail from focusing on the needs of their patients. This may result in an alteration of their usual modes of listening to and working with their patients. There is a potential in these situations for there to be a diffusion of boundaries amongst all the participants and a greater tendency for enactments to occur. Dr. Muller will help participants gain a more complex perspective on how to maintain ethical boundaries when working with, as well as making, new patient referrals.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
Identify two factors that increase the vulnerability of therapists to being distracted from the needs of their patients.
Name two warning signs that might alert a therapist that they are being unduly influenced by factors in the referral matrix.
List two complications that might arise if a therapist chooses to treat a relative or friend of a current patient.
This program is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience and offers 2.0 Ethics CEs.
PLEASE NOTE: Recording in any form of this live streaming event is NOT permitted.
You will receive the instructions for connecting to Zoom a week before the event.
About our Speaker:
Rob Muller, PhD is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is a Faculty Member and Supervisor at the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He has recently moved to the DC area and has become a member of ICP+P. Dr Muller has a private practice where he treats adolescents and adults and does supervision. He is currently licensed in the District of Columbia and New York. Additionally, under PSYPACT, Dr Muller has the authority to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology in the thirty two states that participate in PSYPACT.
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Muller, R. (2017). The Referral Matrix: Its Unexamined Effect on Treatment. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 53, 362-392.
Cost and Registration:
$50 ICP+P Members $25 ICP+P 1st +2nd Year Members, Emerging Professionals, MITs and Graduate Student Members, and Fellows $25 Unaffiliated Students and Fellows $70 Non-Members $60 International Attendees (Outside US)
A refund for cancellation is available up to 10 days before the start date.
Continuing education credit: 2.0 Ethics CE credits available for full attendance. The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP+P) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP+P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP+P is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. As our CE program receives oversight from a licensed social worker, the CE credits we award are highly likely to be recognized by licensing boards in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC standards for nurses. Marriage and family therapists licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia may submit these CE credits to their licensing boards. (Marriage and family therapists in other jurisdictions and licensed counselors should inquire with their local Boards regarding continuing education credit.) Attendees from the above professional groups will earn 2.0 Ethics CE credits for attending the CE activity. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit. ICP+P is accredited by MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ICP+P designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
* Rob Muller, PhD and the planners have informed us that they do not have a conflict of interest and have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests pertaining to this educational activity. Any references to “off-label” (non-FDA approved) use of medication, products or devices will be explicitly disclosed in the presentation.
CE Credit is granted to participants with documented attendance at the short course. Credit will not be granted to registrants who are more than 15 minutes late or depart more than 15 minutes early from a session.