The Historical System of Psychotherapy
The focus of this presentation is the evolution of Best Practice and Ethical Standards over time. This presentation will dig into the history of the mental health profession starting with Freud as the main focal point while also briefly looking at some earlier thinkers too. This presentation will delve into the different time eras and the social/political events that were occurring and that impacted people's decision making processes and sense of security/stability. For example, the impact on professionalism, ethical and legal standards as we navigate through the Victorian Era, WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In addition, this presentation will outline the impact of the numerous generations; women's rights; Roe v. Wade ruling; civil rights; mass shootings; technology/internet; long-standing oppression and exclusion of voices of color; and insurance coverage of mental health. More specifically, how these cultural changes affected what 'best practice' looked like for ethical, professional, and legal standards over time. Keeping all of this in mind, this presentation is centered around how we view what 'healthy' is via research in the midst of all this change because all of this has impacted our field and what we have viewed and currently view as good practice. Finally, in the time of Covid-19 and mental health, particularly in a state that has very little legislation regulating telehealth, this presentation will address our need to be pioneers and how we as providers will evolve the our field into the future as we adjust to this new normal. This presentation ends with a discussion on how the context of an era directly impacts the professional standards of practice and the need for examination with regards to the happenings of today that will dictate current best practices.
- Participants will be able to describe how the history of our field was greatly impacted by the historical context in which our founders lived.
- Participants will be able to describe how social, political, and the health context of the times we live(d) in affects how the field evolves and adapts.
- Participants will be able to identify how the choices of intervention are rooted in larger historical contexts to consider.
- Participants will be able to identify the crossroads we are currently at with mental health care.
Continuing Education Units
You can receive up to 4.0 Ethics CEs for this webinar series. Click Here for information on CEs. Approved for LMFTs, LPCs, and LCSWs in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota.
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