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Magic and Mastery of Relational Ethics: Principles and Practices of Relational Ethics

Pamela King, LMFT, Chris Chickering, LMHC, and Victor Nelson, STM, LMFT

When: May 19th, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 

This even is virtual only via zoom

6 ethics CEUs

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The 6-hour workshop delivers a completely new and exciting take on the typically dry and often intimidating subject of relational ethics by presenting relevant ethical principles through the lens of close-up magic and improv.

The rapid evolution and expansion of tele-health and virtual therapy has prompted counselors and therapists to re-examine their professional ethics. Exercises utilizing the principles of applied improvisation will help professionals develop the agility to make sound decisions when unexpected ethical challenges present themselves. Small group exercises via Zoom meeting rooms will engage participants in order to explore ethical case examples. The workshop will also explore the most common ethical complaints levied against counselors and therapists and how mental health professionals can avoid the pitfalls of these ethical problems.



9:00 AM: Introduction, Welcome
               What is an Ethical Dilemma?
               Opening Exercise
9:30 AM: Relational Aspects of Ethics Decisions
10:00 AM: Common Ethical Complaints and HIPAA Violations
                  Sexual Misconduct and Dual Relationships with Exercise
10:30 AM: Break
10:45 AM: Ethical Practices and Ethical Principles with Exercise
12:15 PM: Lunch
1:15 PM: Ethics in the Virtual World
1:30 PM: Virtual Services Do’s and Don’ts
2:00 PM: HIPAA and Common Complaints with Telehealth with Exercise
2:45 PM: Break
3:00 PM: Decision-Making Models with Exercise
                Transfer Plan
                Where do we go from here?
4:30 PM: Workshop Closes:  Evaluation


Pamela King, LMFT is an enthusiastic and experienced solution focused practitioner, international speaker, author, and trainer. Pam has worked in domestic violence treatment programs, public schools, community health, as adjunct university faculty, and in private practice. She has specialized expertise in trauma treatment, family violence, and play therapy. Known for her engaging teaching style, Pam applies the principles of improvisation to develop flexibility, confidence, and spontaneity with clients and workshop participants. Pam is the author of Tools for Effective Therapy with Children and Families: A Solution-Focused Approach, as well as articles and chapters in other publications. She is also a recipient of the Steve de Shazer Memorial Award for Innovations in Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Victor Nelson, New Mexico LMFT began his ministry as a Lutheran pastor in 1974 before becoming a Pastoral Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. He has integrated the disciplines of therapy and spirituality in his work since 1985. Victor has been in private practice as a marriage and family therapist since 1988, is an AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor, and has conducted numerous workshops and training events on a local, national, and international level. He is a former director of the Family Institute in Logan, Utah and also a former director of the Santa Fe Pastoral Counseling Center. Victor currently serves on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees where he has also taught as adjunct faculty since 2014. Victor is a licensed marriage and family therapist in New Mexico. He has been a practitioner of solution-focused brief therapy since the 1990’s and brings a solution-focused perspective and passion into his therapy, supervision, teaching, mediation, spiritual direction, and consulting work.

Chris Chickering, LMHC is a therapist and sleight-of-hand magician. He received his M.A. in Counseling from Southwestern College and completed his clinical internship at the Solace Crisis Treatment Center. He has extensive training in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, Accelerated Learning, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. As a therapist, he uses a compassionate, supportive approach to help clients build upon their strengths, and shift their thinking to achieve extraordinary results. As a sleight-of-hand magician, Chris has intrigued and entertained audiences across North America, Europe and Russia for the past 25 years. Chris also develops and leads trainings related to behavioral health issues related to Evidence Based Practices, Cultural Considerations and Ethical Issues.

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