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Mindfulness and Ethics: A Mindful Approach to Ethics for Mental Health Professionals

  • 12 Oct 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • The Chicago School, 1015 15th Street, NW 4th Floor, Washington DC, 20005


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The DC Psychological Association presents: 

"Mindfulness and Ethics: A Mindful Approach to Ethics for Mental Health Professionals"

Presenter:  Miranda Morris, PhD and Staci Martin PhD

October 12, 2018 

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM 

The Chicago School of Psychology, 1015 15th St, NW, 4th floor, Washington, DC 20005

3.0 Hours of Continuing Education is Offered for Psychologists 

Meets 3 HR Ethics Continuing Education Requirement

Continuing Education for Social Workers is Pending 

Have you ever left an ethics training with a head full of worries about how you might not be in perfect compliance with the myriad guidelines just reviewed?  Us too! Staci Martin and I first conceived of doing a different kind of ethics workshop after just such an experience. We wanted to explore ethics as more than a set of rules.  Ethics is, after all, a moment to moment practice. As ACT therapists, we were naturally inclined to explore ethics in terms of mindful awareness processes and values-based action.   

If you’re familiar with ACT, then you know that the model holds that much of human suffering is born of two processes: Cognitive Fusion and Experiential Avoidance.  In other words, getting caught up in thinking in unhelpful ways and actively avoiding things that evoke unwanted thoughts and feelings. A review of the ethics literature reveals that many ethical violations are the product not of malfeasance or ignorance of the rules but of Cognitive Fusion and Experiential Avoidance.  Equally important, the literature reminds us that ethical practice is about more than the rules stipulated in our professional codes. No ethics code can cover every contingency; we need to be actively aware and mindful of our behavior and of what is happening around us. We need check-in regularly with our values related to serving the best interests of our clients.

We are excited to share our Mindfulness and Ethics Workshop with DCPA members.  It will experiential, engaging and -- yes, some have actually said - “Fun!”.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Explain how approaching ethical challenges from a mindful, accepting, and psychologically flexible stance can increase the likelihood of actions that are consistent with ethical standards.

2. Identify at least 3 personal values that pertain to ethical practice in their work as mental health professionals.

3. Describe at least one way in which paying mindful attention to values as a mental health professional can improve clinical effectiveness.

About the Presenters: 

Miranda Morris, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She uses ACT to treat a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, and pervasive difficulties often referred to as “personality disorders”.   Miranda is a an active member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and is an ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer. She conducts regular workshops in ACT and provides clinical supervision in the model.

Staci Martin, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Clinical and Training Director of the Health Psychology and Neurobehavioral Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. She is Past President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ACBS, and serves on the board of directors of several other ACBS Special Interest Groups. At the NIH, Dr. Martin conducts clinical interventions with patients with medical illnesses ranging from children to adults. She has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences on her research in health psychology. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of studies examining the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adolescents and adults with chronic pain, and a mindfulness-based intervention for children with brain tumors and their caregivers. She also is an associate editor of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science (JCBS). She regularly conducts ACT trainings with mental health professionals, medical professionals, and medical patients.

There is no corporate support/payment for this workshop. 

DCPA Event Cancellation Policy:  The DC Psychological Association is unable to provide refunds for events. However, we do allow up to one year to make up a CE session that may have been missed. 

"The District of Columbia Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The District of Columbia Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content."

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