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Psychotherapy & Therapeutic Ethics in the Movies

  • Friday, January 27, 2023
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online
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Presenter: Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Registrants must attend the full 2 hours to receive CEs..

Films allow us to see parts of ourselves reflected in characters on the screen, allowing us to see our own behaviors in a different light and possibly catch a glimpse of how others view us.  In this course Dr. Zur has attentively selected films that provide insights into what constitutes ethical practice,  what is the standard of care,  the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violation as well as review the topics of digital ethics and telemental health ethics.

Descriptive Narrative:

Dr. Zur uses vignettes from popular movies and television shows to teach therapists about boundaries and ethical issues, and he does so in a manner that both highlights ambiguities and provides clarification.  Additionally, scenes are discussed regarding how such behaviors can either make a client feel comfortable and help build a therapeutic alliance, or conversely, lead to distrust and betrayal. 


  • Describe the importance of context as it applies to the standard of care and the therapeutic relationship
  •  Identify the difference between boundary crossing and boundary violations
  •  Identify ways in which self-disclosure can be used to enhance the therapeutic relationships and positive therapeutic outcome
  •  Discuss ethical concerns arising out of use of contemporary technologies, and telemental health

About the presenter:

Ofer Zur, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, instructor as well as forensic expert witness and ethics consultant. He was the founder of Zur Institute, back in 2000, an online continuing education platform for mental health professionals. He authored and co-authored 5 books, including “Boundaries in Psychotherapy” (Published by APA) and “Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Unavoidable, Common, and Mandatory Dual Relations in Therapy” and published over 100 articles on ethics and related topics. He has been teaching in the U.S. and abroad on topics related to ethics, critical thinking, therapeutic boundaries, the psychology of victims, gender and war. Dr. Zur is am APA Div 42 fellow and in 2021 he received authorization from the Minnesota Supreme Court to prepare an amicus brief regarding the standard of care for psychotherapy and counseling.

Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, AND/or LEPs. IE-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CE Provider # 62278

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