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The Ethical Lives of Clients: What Therapists Can Offer

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William Doherty, PhD
2 Hours 57 Minutes
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Mar 13, 2022
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Clients regularly seek our input on a wide range of ethical dilemmas. Should they divorce? Cut off a difficult family member? Keep or reveal a family secret? End or continue an affair? Yet our field is largely silent on the role we ought to play in the ethical part of clients’ lives. Though it’s something we often already do in the privacy of sessions, how can we better embrace our roles as ethical consultants and develop actual skills in this area of practice? How can we help clients deepen their understanding of their ethical challenges, rather than reduce moral complexity to clinical clichés—like “do what feels right”—or the pretense that we always have the right answer for them? In this recording, you’ll discover how to:

  • Identify the wide range of ethical issues wrapped up in what clients bring to therapy
  • Describe how advances in moral psychology can apply to therapy
  • Recognize your own moral emotions and those of your clients
  • Develop skills in ethical consultation, including respect for client autonomy



This online program is worth 3 hours CPD.



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William Doherty, PhD, is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. He is co-author of the book Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships, with Steven Harris. He is cofounder of Better Angels, an initiative to depolarize America.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. William Doherty has an employment relationship with the University of Minnesota. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. William Doherty is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, the International Council of the Institute on the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem, and the American Psychological Association.


  1. Appraise common ethical issues that adult clients present with in everyday practice.
  2. Evaluate how moral foundations theory can apply to clinical work.
  3. Analyze “self of the therapist” issues that come up when dealing with clients’ ethical dilemmas.
  4. Utilize core skills for consulting with clients about ethical dilemmas.
  5. Demonstrate how to respect client autonomy while sometimes challenges them about potential harm to third parties.


  • Clinical case study
  • Defining the ethical domain in clients’ lives
  • How therapists often deal with ethical concerns of clients and why
  • The psychology of moral emotions
  • Skills in ethical consultation
  • Question and answer

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



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