How do we integrate ethical reflection with the interpretations and decisions we make about money in our clinical work? The aim of this workshop is to expand the scope of our ways of thinking ethically about challenging moral dilemmas involving financial transactions encountered in both therapy and psychoanalysis. Clinical cases will be used to identify unacknowledged moral aspects of specific transference and counter-transference interactions and the desirability - technically and ethically - of alternative interventions. Taking a broad approach to ethics, we will look not only at how principles and codes need to be rethought when applied, but also how various virtues and values inform our work. Participants are encouraged to bring their own perplexities and dilemmas about their financial transactions with patients (e.g., negotiating a fair fee or charging for missed sessions) for discussion.
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Ernest Wallwork, Ph.D., the keynote speaker, is Professor of Religion at Syracuse University where he teaches religious ethics, bioethics, and the psychology and sociology of religion and morals. Dr. Wallwork is also a psychoanalyst in private practice; and, his book, Psychoanalysis and Ethics, was published by Yale University Press in 1991.