Ethical Challenges in Adolescent, Child and Family Therapy

One day event hosted by our Combined Child Program Faculty open to all mental health care providers and those in training. Participants receive 6 Ethics CE credits.

It can be challenging to wrestle alone with ethical dilemmas when working with children and adolescents.  Therefore IPI offers a one-day workshop to think together about psychoanalytic approaches to common ethical conundrums facing child therapists who work with both the child and the parents/family. 



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Program Date(s):

November 16, 2023

Course Description

Have you faced an ethical challenge in your work as a child therapist?  You are not alone.  Working with children raises special issues of life and death importance.  You want to protect the child’s privacy without encouraging secrecy.  You want to deal with the parents’ concerns without interfering with the child’s own presentation of problems and issues.  You want to respect the adolescent’s autonomy yet recognize the parents’ authority.  In family therapy, you deal with sensitive issues that have been held secret at great cost, but for good reason.  Working online brings more challenges in the realm of confidentiality.  How do we cultivate and sustain a psychic space for truth, fairness, and respect for the patient’s essential Otherness?  How do we maintain ethical self-discipline, as described in Alesandra Lemma’s First Principles?

Chair: Jill Savege Scharff  (MD)

Faculty: Flora Barragan MA; Ana Maria Barroso MD (Mexico), Anabella Brostella PhD (Panama RP), Garrick Fuller LCSW (AK), Caroline Sehon MD (MD), Janine Wanlass PhD (UT)

Faculty Presenters: Ana Maria Barroso, Jill Scharff, Caroline Sehon, and Janine Wanlass

Guest Faculty: Chris Clulow, PhD (UK)

Schedule of Presentations

16 Nov
Introduction to The Ethical Stance
Jill Scharff, MD
16 Nov
Working Ethically with the Gender Expansive Child and Family
Caroline Sehon, MD presenter; Chris Clulow, PhD, discussant
16 Nov
Adolescent Autonomy and Parental Responsibility
Ana Maria Barroso, MD
16 Nov
Privacy of the Parent and its Impact on the Child
Eiko Honaga, MD, PhD, presenter; Janine Wanlass, PhD, discussant
16 Nov
Boundaries of Confidentiality
Janine Wanlass, PhD
16 Nov

Tuition and Fees

Limited scholarship funds are available for this training:

General Registration $180

IPI Member Registration $153

Current Program Students – no additional cost (included in your 2023-2024 tuition)

Educational Objectives

After attending this event, participants will be able to:

Introduction to The Ethical Stance

  1. List two features of the ethical stance
  2. Provide one example of an ethical challenge

Working Ethically with the Gender Expansive Child and Family

  1. Apply two features of the ethical stance
  2. Describe two unconscious conflicts expressed in the longing to be a girl

Adolescent Autonomy and Parental Responsibility

  1. Define privacy and secrecy and list one difference between them seen in the clincial situation
  2. Describe three parental behaviors that compromise adolescent autonomy

Privacy of the Parent and its Impact on the Child

  1. Identify one major component in a parent’s witholding of information from a child
  2. Give one example of a child’s behavior that emanates from their reaction to parental privacy

Boundaries of Confidentiality

  1. Give one example of a break in confidentiality and its effect on a child
  2. Give one example of a break in confidentiality and its effect on a parent


Spring 2024 One Day Event

February 22, 2024 8am – 4pm ET

Treating Suicidality in Children and AdolescentsRegistration page

Details for this date are forthcoming, but will be similar in structure to this fall 2023 one day event.

Combined Child Program

This one day event is hosted by our Combined Child Program, a 2-year, 2-hours-a-week, high quality, distance learning and on-site training course for adult analysts and advanced child psychotherapists who wish to learn child analysis, and for child and adult psychotherapists who wish to deepen their work with children.

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Membership Benefits

Become a member of IPI at any level and you will have the option of adding on a Zoom Pro account as one of your member benefits. Associate and Full Members also receive discounted registration fees for most of IPI’s events, a subscription to PEP Web, the online psychoanalytic library, and other benefits depending on membership level.

HIPAA compliant Zoom video accounts are an optional add on for all IPI memberships. IPI has a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement with Zoom, which provides a HIPAA compliant platform for our accounts. HIPPA compliance is strongly recommended for all internet-mediated clinical work and clinical teaching. The “+ Zoom Pro” add-on to the IPI membership gives the user the ability to host online meetings with multiple people at the same time. [Current members can upgrade to the “+ Zoom Pro” account and only pay the difference in price from your current membership level.]

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Continuing Education Information

The International Psychotherapy Institute, IPI, is approved by The American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. IPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The International Psychotherapy Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6017. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The International Psychotherapy Institute is responsible for all aspects of the programs. The International Psychotherapy Institute is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for Category I continuing education units. The International Psychotherapy Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0299.

Participants are responsible for verifying that IPI CE credit is accepted by the licensing boards in their own states.