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Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists

Presenter: 
Lonny Shavelson, MD; Beverly Burch, PhD, LCSW

Legal and Ethical Issues for Psychotherapists
NOTE: Online registration for this event is now closed. There is still space available for walk-in registration at 8:30am on the day of the event.

Part 1: California’s End of Life Option Act: From law to Practice
Part 2: Relationship with Consciousness: An Ethical Model for Cross-cultural Psychoanalytic Therapy

Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Part 1 from 9:00-1:00 PM
  • Lunch (not included) from 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Part 2 from 2:00-4:00 PM

This course is designed to help participants:

  • Understand and discuss the legal changes and challenges implemented by the new End of Life Option Act.
  • Describe the clinical competencies needed to participate in the End of Life Option Act.
  • Describe the process of balancing relational practice with socio-cultural realities.
  • Identify the four points of interaction between clinical and socio-cultural issues.

Part 1: Presented by: Lonny Shavelson, MD

Terminally ill patients in California now have the right to ask for, and legally take, medications to hasten their deaths—according to the new End of Life Options Act, enacted after twenty-five years of heated debate. But that hasn’t resolved the debate, and many questions about Aid-in-Dying linger, from the ethical to the practical. Lonny Shavelson, MD has established
a practice devoted to patients who are making Aid-in-Dying requests. His course
will illuminate the details of the law, and the realities of the practice.

Lonny Shavelson Lonny Shavelson, MD, in 1995, when Jack Kevorkian was "helping" terminal patients die, Dr. Lonny Shavelson examined the hidden world of "dark bedroom suicides" enacted by patients and families. He wrote A Chosen Death: The Dying Confront Assisted Suicide which The New England Journal of Medicine reviewed and said, “The personality and varied talents of the author…are evident in this remarkable book…(which) challenges the simplistic thinking of much of the debate on this subject." Now, 21 years later, Shavelson has opened a medical practice focused on California’s End of Life Option Act—caring for terminal patients who make Aid-in-Dying requests, and teaching other practitioners.

Part 2: Presented by: Beverly Burch, PhD, LCSW

This class looks at how our professional codes guide us toward ethical issues in cross-cultural practice. The presenter will offer a conceptual model for balancing relational practice with consciousness of socio-cultural realities. The model identifies four points of interaction between the two, which can lead to productive work or create impasses. When, and how differences are openly discussed in the treatment will be explored.

Beverly Burch Beverly Burch, PhD, supervises at The Psychotherapy Institute and is a clinical consultant with The Sanville Institute in Berkeley. She has published two books on psychodynamic theory, gender and sexuality, On Intimate Terms (1992) and Other Women (1997).  She also has two books of poetry, Sweet to Burn (2004), and How A Mirage Works (Sixteen Rivers Press). She has a private practice in Berkeley.

Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

Lunch will not be included in this course

CE: 6 Credits (approved by CPA for MFTs, LCSWs, and psychologists; see Course Policies). $5 additional fee for CE credits.
NOTE: Online registration for this event is now closed. There is still space available for walk-in registration at 8:30am on the day of the event.

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 5/8/17 after 5/8/17
Members $138 $158
Nonmembers $158 $178
Prelicensed Students/Interns $118 $138