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Use of Touch in Psychotherapy: Law & Ethics Workshop

  • 24 Oct 2020
  • Zoom

Use of Touch in Psychotherapy: Law & Ethics Workshop

Join us for this dynamic & interactive workshop and earn 6 CEUs to fulfill your law and ethics requirement. Saturday, October 24, 2020

Presented by Diana Guest, LMFT


Most people leave their clinical training believing that it is illegal to touch a client. Most of us receive little to no education about the value and ethics of touch. It’s not illegal to touch your clients, it’s just important to know the impact and be trained in how, when and where to touch your clients.

"If a therapist decides to touch a given patient, s/he must do so in a thoughtful manner and must be willing to accept responsibility for the patient’s interpretation of the touch. Likewise, if the therapist decides not to touch, there must be a similar willingness to accept responsibility for the meanings that the patient will assign to the absence of a natural form of human contact.” (The Therapist, March/April 2011, Guest & Parker).

Objectives: identify four uses of touch in their private practice; describe three types of touch useful in telehealth practice; identify three types of boundary considerations pertaining to touch and; identify three countertransference issues that arise with the use of touch. Intended for licensed & pre-licensed mental health professions & master & doctoral-level clinicians, physicians & psychiatric nurses.

When: October 24, 2020, 9:00am-4:00pm
Where: Zoom Online

Schedule: Pacific Time 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Registration & Introductions 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Powerpoint & lecture 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Experiential exercises 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Presentation of case law 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Demonstration 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Experiential exercises, discussion and evaluations


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Mail registration & check to: SCIBA ℅ Jennifer York 1767 Grand Ave. #4, San Diego, CA 92109

Cost: $115 registration fee.

Presenter Bio

Diana Guest, LMFT is the former President of the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis (IIBA), and both a local SCIBA and International faculty member. Recently retired from private practice she maintains her status as a certified Bioenergetic Analyst, IMAGO Relationship Therapist, and Level 2 EMDR trained. She has presented workshops and trainings in the US, Europe, South America and China. Ms. Guest earned her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and her undergraduate degree from the Uni. of Nebr., Lincoln. More info:



*Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Southern California Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Approval # 57012. Course meets the qualifications for 6 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the evaluation is completed. CEU’s will be awarded for attendance 

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