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Sandor (Alex) Szollos, Ph.D.
“Clinical and Ethical Challenges of Money, the ‘Last Taboo’ in Psychotherapy, Part II”
ETHICS PROGRAM 3 CEUs
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Conference 10 AM – 1 PM (ET)
Program Description: Meets the Maryland licensing Requirement for Laws/Ethics or Risk Management:
This program will examine the role of money, its clinical impact on and ethical challenges for helpers in their interactions with clients. We are better at talking about sex than about money, the “last taboo” in our contemporary American society. This is especially true in the helping professions: the bibliography of the entire literature written on this topic in the last 100 plus years may take up less than a dozen pages. Most of it has been written by psychoanalysts for a psychoanalytic audience. However, our reluctance to address the role of money in the therapy process has not only maintained major problems in therapeutic interactions, but also has been a perennial challenge in the development of our professional identities.How can one be an altruistic and ethical helper and also have a legitimate desire for recognition, status and making a good living at the same time? The clinical problems and ethical dilemmas are relevant for all helpers regardless of discipline, setting, treatment modality, how services are paid for, etc., especially in the current climate of economic uncertainty and health care flux. This presentation (a follow-up to one at BSPS in 2014) provides a multidisciplinary approach to the clinical and ethical challenges of the “last taboo” by addressing the following:
Ethical helping and ethical business practice? Therapists’ and clients’ attitudes towards money, transference, and countertransference; helpers’ discomfort about money; helpers’ financial autobiography and vulnerabilities, acting out, the meanings of money.
Morality of money and our professional self-image: how to reconcile an altruistic helper role with being paid as a professional service provider; chronic self-doubts about our self-worth, measuring our own value; shame, greed, and the moral high ground.
The context of helping and the context of business: the differences between helping versus business and the crucial overlaps; establishing our worth; the costs of helping in today’s economy: “Baumol’s Disease”; the big picture of economics, politics and helping; the increasing ethical challenges of how to provide effective clinical help in a sound business context.
The ethics of being a paid helper: values, ethics, morals and laws; money and professional ethical codes; business ethics in health care; being an effective paid helper; self-interest and client’s best interest; knowing thy financial self, business transparency; “the five habits of ethical clinical practice” in relation to money; how ethical business practices enhance clinical work; Self-care, money and ethics: Doing Good and Doing Well!
About the Speaker:
Sandor (Alex) Szollos, Ph.D. received his initial psychology training and worked for several years as a psychologist at the Lund University Medical School in Sweden. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1984, and completed his internship at the Brown University Medical School, specializing in child and adolescent disorders. Dr Szollos was a full-time faculty member at the Department of Psychology, Millersville University of Pennsylvania for 29 years. Since his retirement from teaching in 2011 he devotes his time to clinical work, research and writing. His primary research interests include emotional processing in anxiety disorders, chronic time pressure and the psychology of money.
Dr Szollos has been a clinician since 1976. He established his private practice, the Human Development Center, in 1989. His clinical training was eclectic; in his clinical work he has always been striving to integrate the best in psychodynamic and CBT approaches. His clinical expertise includes High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder across the lifespan, problems of early childhood, ADHD, anxiety, depression and marital problems.
For more information about Dr Szollos’ work, visit his website at www.drszollos.com. Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this advanced-level program, participants will be able to:
explain how money affects therapists in their interactions with clients and evaluate how helpers’ discomfort about money interferes with therapeutic progress and ethical clinical practice.
prepare a financial autobiography and evaluate your own vulnerabilities in the context of helping.
distinguish between the context of helping and the context of business, analyze the overlap between the two contexts, and appraise the ethical challenges of providing effective clinical help in today’s economy.
discuss ethical considerations in how the apparent conflict between providing altruistic help and following sound business practices may be resolved.
describe the five habits of ethical clinical practice in relation to money.
Who should attend? Mental health professionals: psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, licensed professional counselors, pastoral counselors, as well as persons with an interest in psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic thinking and application. The instructional level of this activity is advanced.
CE Credits: CE credits are granted to participants with documented attendance and completed evaluation forms. Attendance is monitored. Credits will not be granted to registrants who arrive late or depart early. Credits will be granted to participants who submit a completed evaluation form at the end of the session. It is the responsibility of participants to comply with these requirements. Upon completion of this program, participants will be given 3 CE credits.
The Baltimore Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (BSPS) is a local chapter of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association. Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content. BSPS is also recognized by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners as a sponsor of continuing education programs.
Registration: Make checks payable to “BSPS” and mail to: BSPS, PO Box 20910, Baltimore, MD 21209-0910.
Please print and fill out the Registration Form and, if you chose it, the Membership form sent to your email and also on our website and return with your check.
We will send the log-on link and password the week prior to the conference to all registrants.
Deadline for this conference is: 1-13-2023 If you cannot ensure your check will arrive in time, contact us before that date (contactbsps@BSPSmaryland.org).
Refund Policy: Please note that registration fees are not refundable. If you cannot attend a conference for which you have already paid, we can apply your payment to an upcoming conference within the same conference calendar year (September to May).
Important disclosure information: None of the planners and presenters of this CE program has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.