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Ethics and Ethical Behavior: AASECT Core Knowledge Areas

The topic of sexuality is often considered taboo in our society. Many of the topics involved push a person’s boundaries and may even make them uncomfortable. Plus, cultural differences can make it difficult for sex therapists to make ethical decisions. Making ethical decisions isn’t always easy. Not all situations are cut and dry; there can be a surprising amount of nuance. This course aims to overcome these challenges by reviewing AASECT ethical guidelines, and using relevant case examples and scenarios to examine issues surrounding cultural responsiveness and ethical decision-making. You’ll learn about the ethical challenges healthcare professionals face, particularly when it comes to sex, sexuality, and sexual identity and how they are influenced by cultural norms. Just some of the topics that you will explore include managing ethical dilemmas in the therapy room, discussing erotic transference, and how to incorporate cultural responsiveness and ethical decision-making. While cultural responsiveness and ethical decision making are technically two separate concepts, they are also intrinsically connected. Despite the strong correlation, these concepts are rarely examined together. They are critical for all professionals in the healthcare landscape, including sex therapists and mental health professionals. This course aims to enable health care professionals to incorporate both when providing services to clients to ensure optimal outcomes.
*This on-demand content was originally presented live in 2021
  • Lifetime Access
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    • Intermediate Level
    • No Prerequisites Needed
      • ASSECT & APA Approved 
      • Accessible on Mobile

        What You’ll Learn in this Course

        Examine the challenges of being a sex therapist and how to overcome them, paying particular attention to how to provide cultural responsiveness and ethical decision-making as it relates to diverse communities and clients.
        Learn to examine your cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and biases to reduce
        ethical conflicts.
        Review, analyze, and discuss AASECT’s Code of Ethics and Conduct and how to best utilize the tenets in a clinical practice.
        Describe the Cultural Responsiveness and Ethical Decision Making
        Frameworks, and use them effectively.
        Have skills that let you apply ethical decision-making strategies in a clinical practice.
        Know how to utilize culturally informed interventions that address the intersectionality of clients' identities.
        AASECT Certification

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        What Our Students Say

        This presenter is a favorite. She made the material very accessible and relevant.
        Lori L. 
        Licensed Clinical Psychologist
        Good overview of the AASECT code of ethics.
        Nicole T.
        Licensed Clinical Social Worker
        Super important and helpful information.
        Elizabeth S.
        Nurse Practitioner
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        —   About the Instructor

        Brooke Norton, LMFT, MLS

        Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

        Brooke Norton, LMFT, MLS specializes in sexuality and relationships, and works with clients of all genders, sexual orientations, and relationship styles. Before earning her Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from UMass Boston, she was a sex educator, and she worked with parents and children in a few area schools, teaching about puberty.
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