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Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory, and Academic Contexts

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This course describes the problem of sexual boundary violations by mental health providers. The author examines the power imbalance and erotic transference and countertransference that are part of sexual boundary violations. This course also describes ways to develop workshops to educate mental health professionals about the causes and consequences of sexual boundary violations.

This course is based on the book, Sexual Boundary Violations: Therapeutic, Supervisory, and Academic Contexts created by Andrea Celenza, Ph.D.


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Andrea Celenza, Ph.D.

Dr. Celenza is an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is author of numerous articles on sexual boundary violations and clinical practice. Dr. Celenza is in private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Andrea Celenza, Ph.D. authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists and nurses who seek knowledge about sexual boundary violations. It is appropriate for all levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Upon taking this course the participant will understand the dynamics of power in the therapeutic and supervisory relationship.
  2. Upon completing this course, the participant will better understand the factors that lead to sexual abuse violations.
  3. Upon completing this course, the participant will learn strategies for assessing and intervening when supervising someone who is potentially engaging in boundary violoations.
  4. Upon completing ths course, the participant will understand the meaning of the couch in situations of sexual boundary violation.
  5. Upon completion of this course, the participant will learn strategies for working with patients who have experienced sexual boundary violations in a previous therapy.
  6. Upon completion of this course, the participant will better understand the dynamics issues associated with sexual abuse by clergymen.
  7. Upon completion of this course, the participant will obtain information about reporting sexual boundary violations.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 101241
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