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Event Name:
Ethics in Rural Psychology

CE Credits: 6.5
NOTE: This event is approved for social workers

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Break at Noon for Lunch
Ethics in Rural Psychology
Curriculum Content
Time Minutes Topic
8:30-8:40 10 Outline of the day
8:40-9:00 20 Overview of rural America
9:00-9:15 15 Who are Rural Americans?
9:15-9:30 15 Rural Washington
9:30-10:00 30 Ethical Responsibility
10:00-10:15 15 Break
10:15-10:45 30 Dual Relationships
10:45-11:15 30 Competency
11:15-11:45 30 Privacy / Confidentiality
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM 30 Self Care
12:15-1:15 60 Lunch
1:15-1:45 30 Protocol for managing dilemmas
1:45-2:15 30 Case Example
2:15-2:45 30 Small groups: case examples
2:45-3:15 30 Large Group discussion on case examples
3:15-3:30 15 Break
3:30-4:00 30 Innovations in rural practice service delivery 
4:00-4:30 30 Summary and discussion
4:30-5:00 30 Questions and Evaluations
Total Contact Hours 420 = 7.0

Sara Boilen, Psy.D.

Individuals in rural and insular communities face challenges unknown to their urban counterparts. Using humor, storytelling, and didactic instruction, Dr. Boilen will enrich providers on the unique facets of managing a successful clinical practice in rural America. Participants will deepen their knowledge of their ethical responsibilities, explore the impossible binds imposed by many professional ethical guidelines and resolve ethical dilemmas in creative, collaborative ways.
Rural providers must somehow manage the privacy of ourselves and our clients while somehow staying within the confines of our competence and avoiding the multiple relationships lurking around every corner. Guaranteed to be the most fun you’ll have learning about ethics, this course will make anyone practicing in an insular or rural community feel supported, enlightened, and (hopefully) even a bit lighter.

Broken into four sessions, the workshop will be spent focusing on the many ways in which rural and insular communities create interesting predicaments for the ethical practitioner. The first part of the morning will be spent understanding rural communities and their unique needs. The second part of the morning will be spent discussion applied ethics in rural and insular communities, beyond the APA ethics code. The afternoon will start with interactive problem solving, applying Dr. Boilen’s model for resolving ethical dilemmas to participant’s real ethical dilemmas. Finally, the group will discuss the ways in which clinicians must think differently about rural and insular communities. Dr. Boilen will offer up some solutions and strategies while also reviewing some common pitfalls. 

Learning Objectives:

After attending this session, the learner will be able to:
  1. Begin to develop cultural competence in regard to rural Americans.
  2. Identify individual competencies and outline scope of practice.
  3. Highlight ethical dilemmas common to practice in rural / insular communities such as competency issues and dual relationships.
  4. Explain boundaries and their relevance to rural practice.
  5. Explain the protocol for managing ethical dilemmas in rural communities.
  6. Describe and evaluate innovative solutions to serving rural / isolated communities
  7. Illustrate problems and solutions associated with telemedicine for behavioral and mental health.

About the Presenter:

Sara Boilen, PsyD., is the Chief Clinical Psychologist and Owner of Sweetgrass Psychological Services in Whitefish, MT. Dr. Boilen earned her doctorate from the University of Denver where her clinical work focused on Therapeutic Assessment, Attachment, and Resilience. Dr. Boilen’s practice has expanded beyond her interests of assessment and attachment-based work to meet the ever-growing needs of her home: The Flathead Valley. Dr. Boilen has immersed herself in better understanding the specifics of Montana’s rural population and its unique characteristics and clinical needs. Dr. Boilen’s practice, Sweetgrass Psychological Services, a group practice and clinical training site, aims to make mental wellness accessible and available to all. Dr. Boilen is continually working to enrich the experience of providers in rural areas as we all work together to meet the mental health needs of our neighbors. Her book, Psychology in Rural America: Case illustrations and guidance for rural practice, is in press with Routledge Publishing.

The CE pricing reflects a 15% discount we are extending during the COVID-10 Pandemic.


Full Day - One Course Regular Pricing
Non-Member/Out of State 161.75
Basic Member 141.95
Premium Member 127.50
Platinum Member 127.50
Post Doc/Retired/Emeritus Member 114.75
Post Grad 85.00
Member Student 51.00


Cancellation policies
• 75% of registration fees will be refunded by informing the office by October 31, 2020
• No fees will be refunded after September 5, 2020
• Refund request due to special circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
• Refunded fees may be applied to new membership dues or membership dues renewal.

Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Event Time:
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Online - Link will be sent prior to event

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(phone: 2065474220)

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