D15 Marquardt Administration Center
4/17/2019 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Therapists who work with adolescents often encounter a variety of ethical dilemmas. Therapists may struggle with how to address risky and potentially dangerous behaviors that some teens engage in. Therapists may also be challenged by how to balance the competing pressures for independence (on the part of the teen) and parental concerns. Other ethical challenges include managing differences in values between teens and their parents and clarifying therapist obligations (who is the client in the case of unmotivated teens and highly motivated parents). We will focus on how these ethical concerns have been intensified by technological advances and related social pressures, and discuss guidelines for responding to/addressing these dilemmas. We will also consider how technological innovations have created new ethical challenges for therapists in their work with teens such as when and how to communicate with teens outside of the therapy hour and how to address the intrusion of technology into the therapy hour.