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Rural Behavioral Health Practice Series Webinar: Establishing an Ethical Prime Directive: A Proactive and Informed Approach to Navigating Rural Ethical Dilemmas
Friday, September 27, 2019
Category: Webinar

Rural Behavioral Health Practice Series: Webinar
Establishing an Ethical Prime Directive: A Proactive and Informed Approach to Navigating Rural Ethical Dilemmas

On demand webinar available starting Friday, September 27, 2019

Location: Available through webinar only

Speaker: Jeffrey Leichter, Ph.D., LP

About the Program:

Nothing is more daunting than finding oneself in the middle of an ethical dilemma and struggling to find a solution.  In rural practice, this is exacerbated by challenging ethical scenarios that are perhaps not taught in urban training centers.  Rural clinicians are often left to resolve conflicted feelings and clinical dynamics on their own or with limited resources. 

This presentation begins with the concept of a self-reflective approach to ethics and the practice of clinician self-awareness in assessment of ethical quandaries and, ultimately, in the resolution of such dilemmas. The presentation will highlight the value of self-reflection and adherence, or non-adherence, to a set of personal and professional core values about what is morally right, and will identify a variety of potential threats to successful resolution of complex ethical conundrums, particularly in rural settings. Through enhancing self-awareness of one’s core values, this presentation will support clinicians in practicing a proactive approach to ethical dilemmas. As a rural based example, this approach will be explored in the context of a vignette related to multiple relationships.

This session qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 1.5-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the concept of clinician self- awareness of personal and professional core values that prepares participants to analyze factors, which influence ethical decision-making, including client factors, personal factors, organizational, and professional factors.
  2. Identify two threats to good ethical decision making related to difficulties with our own self- awareness and self –reflection.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Jeffrey Leichter is a licensed psychologist and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1987 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in primary care health psychology at Michigan State University in 1989. He has worked for Sanford Health since 1990. During most of that time he was in clinical practice, working with adults with a variety of behavioral health concerns, embedded in primary care in the Sanford Detroit Lakes, MN clinic. In 2014, he began to transition to a different role as the Lead Administrator for Behavioral Health Integration for Sanford Enterprise Clinic Services. He was appointed by Governor Pawlenty, and later re-appointed by Governor Dayton, to serve on the Minnesota Board of Psychology (2010-2018) where he held the office of Vice Chair and Chair.

He has presented regionally and nationally on topics related to ethics, rural mental health care and integrated behavioral health. Since 2015, he has also been a faculty member in Sanford’s executive leadership academy teaching courses on boundaries, forgiveness and facilitating leadership skills.

The presenter reports having no conflicts of interest in regards to the presentation material.


CE Credit:

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers - Hawai’i Chapter (Approval HI62792020-108) for up to 1.5 Social Work continuing education contact hour(s).


To Register:

Click here to register for the webinar. The on demand webinar will become available for viewing on Friday, September 27.

Cost: $20.00

All sales are final. No refunds are offered for this program.



Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.