Ethics

Personality Disorders

Boundary Issues in Clinical Practice

Sunday, October 28
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Tangerine WF2

Many clinicians are still uncertain about boundary problems and risks that may arise in clinical practice. This session will provide a systematic understanding of professional boundaries; risk management and technically sound approaches to dealing with boundaries in practice; and multiple case examples of problems and solutions. Boundary issues can arise in almost any area of clinical practice, and the principles reviewed in this session can be immediately applied to all interactions with patients with special attention given to the problems of working with patients with personality disorders.

Thomas G. Gutheil, MD

Professor of Psychiatry
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Harvard Medical School
Brookline, MA

Thomas Gutheil, MD, is an internationally known forensic psychiatrist, who has received every major award in the forensic field, as well as many writing and teaching awards. One of his specialties is consultation on problems with boundaries in clinical practice; a significant percentage of his over 300 professional publications feature the same subject; in addition, he has served as consulting or expert witness on about 300 legal cases involving boundary issues in forty-four states.

Dr. Gutheil is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and was the first Professor of Psychiatry in the history of Harvard Medical School to be board certified in both clinical and forensic psychiatry. At the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where he has worked for half a century, he co-founded the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, a combination think tank, consultation service and research unit for medicolegal issues. Dr. Gutheil lives and works in the Boston area.

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