Ethics In Therapy

Rebuilding Therapeutic Relationships

A focused training that identifies potential ethical obstacles you may face with clients and how to determine appropriate interventions.

Learn How to Help clients make progress after negative experiences in treatment

When people seek mental health treatment for anxiety and OCD, they become vulnerable as they share personal details of their struggles with a stranger (albeit a trained clinician). They disclose traumas, taboo thoughts, and behaviors they feel shameful about.

Our clients may have had past negative experiences with a clinician due to a therapist’s lack of knowledge or through unethical treatment which can evoke a new or intensified distrust of the mental health field.

Discover the relationship-building steps to take with clients who have a history of negative experiences in therapy.

This course content is advanced and assumes knowledge of CBT with ERP.


Determine what additional interventions patients might require in order to make progress in treatment


Distinguish between ethical and unethical negative experiences with treatment


Express empathy and compassion without making criticisms of previous therapists

Learn from a Panel of Nationally Recognized Anxiety Treatment Experts

This class, a recording of our panel at the Anxiety and Depression Association of American Conference in 2022, features expert clinicians in conversation.

These speakers include:

  • Stephanie Woodrow, LCPC, NCC – Owner and Clinical Director, The National Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center
  • Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, MSW – Private Practice, Cofounder at Anxiety Training
  • Ruth A. Lippin, LCSW, JD – Private Practice, Therapist, Conquer Anxiety & OCD
  • Kimberly Morrow, LCSW – Private Practice, Cofounder at Anxiety Training
Most experienced clinicians have had clients who have seen other therapists (generalists or anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression specialists) but made little progress or felt misunderstood – and in some cases even felt violated.

These experiences can leave clients feeling ashamed, discouraged, embarrassed, hurt, hopeless, and skeptical that improvement is possible, let alone recovery from the problem they originally sought treatment to address.

This treatment mistrust adds a different kind of challenge when these clients enter our care. We need to not only address the mental health disorders, but we must also work on repairing some of the damage that’s been done, which in some cases must happen even before treatment can begin. Returning to treatment after a negative experience is a sign of strength, bravery, and a strong desire to make progress. A firm foundation in ethical treatment as well as relationship-building steps with clients such as informed consent, compassion, and empathy, become even more essential to successful treatment outcomes.

Learn how to navigate these challenges from the panel discussion, “Rebuilding Therapeutic Relationships” held at Anxiety and Depression Association of American Conference in 2022. Includes clinical examples and audience questions. 

Continuing Education & Approved Accrediting Agencies

Anxiety Training, ACE Provider Number 1637, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Anxiety Training maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (10/17/22 – 10/17/25). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 continuing education clock hours.
New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work
Anxiety Training 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-0640.

Anxiety Training has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7108. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Anxiety Training is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's Included in the class?

When you purchase this class, you receive one hour of content taught by an expert providers and continuing education credit to advance your career.

How long do I have to complete the class??

Complete this one-hour class the day you purchase it, or as it fits into your life. You will have one year of access to the content so you can decide when you complete it.

However, we do recommend completing it as soon as you can, so you can start creating life-changing results for your clients.

How long do I have access to the content?

You have one year of access so you can return to the curriculum as you need.

How do I receive CE credit? How many CEs do I get?

To receive CE credit, you must complete the classes, answer the completion questions correctly, and complete the course evaluations. If you do not answer the questions correctly, review the materials and re-take the tests.

A CE certificate will be immediately emailed to you once you have completed the requirementsfor each class.

This class qualifies for one continuing education hour.

What accommodations does Anxiety Training make?

We are committed to making this course accessible to all.  Contact to request accommodations.  In some cases, documentation is requested for review.