To Touch or Not to Touch? – 3 Ethics CEU’s

Join me for an afternoon experience of exploring touch in psychotherapy. The context in which we work as therapists places us in relationships where communication is fundamental to the therapeutic relationship. What are the various ways you communicate with your clients?

The essence of touch is really about communication. The needs of our clients mixed with the concerns of adhering to the LPC Code of Ethics when deciding rather to use touch can impose limitations to the therapeutic relationship. Perhaps it is not a question of rather to use touch but of when and how to use touch.

Despite the reservations and lack of training around the use of touch in psychotherapy, there is a variety of literature to support its uses, benefits, and effectiveness. It is essential that any licensed mental health professional that intends to use touch first have a basic understanding of their underlying motivations in using touch with each specific client and in each particular situation. This workshop will highlight the ethical considerations, prohibitions, and attitudes about touch within the psychotherapeutic field. In addition, we will discuss client and therapists’ perception of touch, types of touch, religious and cultural considerations, the effects of touch, and research implications around the use of touch in psychotherapy.

The use of lecture, discussion, and experiential material will help create structure for this workshop. This workshop is not intended to provide training on the use of touch in psychotherapy; however, we will explore the ethical implications for licensed mental health professionals who choose to integrate touch into their practice.

Participants in this workshop will gain a deeper understand of:
The guidelines for using touch in psychotherapy
What to include in an informed consent for the use of touch in psychotherapy
Documenting touch in client records
Research supporting the ethical use of touch
An ethical decision-making model when considering the use of touch

Workshop participants will receive 3 ethics CEU’s and a certificate of attendance. We will be seated on the floor with yoga mats, cushions, and pillows, so please dress in comfortable clothes that will allow you to move your body!

Join me for an afternoon of FUN and EXPERIENTIAL learning!… and I also invite you to bring a snack to share with others for a working group lunch. You can email me at or call at 512-902-4357 with any questions. Feel free to take a look at my bio to learn more about me and my work!

Mental health professionals interested in learning more about the ethics of touch in psychotherapy. 3 ethics CEU’s will be provided for LPC’s, LMFT’s, and LCSW’s. This workshop is also open to coaches, trainers, or anyone in the field of helping professionals.

Friday February 26, 2016

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Soma Vida – Mind/Body Studio
2324 Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78702

Early bird registration: $50 if paid by January 31st
Regular Registration: $60
Student w/Student ID: $40