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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Sexual Boundary Violations Seminar 2017 - A New Way Forward


Friday 3 November 2017


Registration and refreshments:  17.30-18.00

Lecture: 18:00 -20:00

Type Conference
Venue Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB
CPD 2 CPD Points
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The evening will begin with a lecture by Andrea Celenza which will present the problem of sexual boundary violations among mental health practitioners and other relationships that contain an inherent power imbalance. Such relationships include therapist/client, supervisor/supervisee, teacher/student and clergy/parishioner. She reviews and incorporates findings from empirical studies on prevalence, precursors, risk factors and prevention.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Q & A. The panel will comprise Andrea Celenza; Dr John Hook, Consultant Medical Psychotherapist, Jonathon Coe, Director Clinic for Boundaries Studies; Dr Dawn Devereux, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

The lecture is relevant to the full spectrum of professionals in the mental health field including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychology professors and supervisors, researchers, trainees, students, and supervisees as well as professionals in education, the church, police and others where power relationships exist between professionals and the vulnerable people they work with. This lecture will also have wide appeal to consumers of psychotherapy, the potential victims of sexual misconduct. 

The evidence suggests that prevalence has not decreased nor are there programs, teaching methods, or preventative measures that adequately address the problem.  This lecture, based on her work (Celenza, 2007) and other researchers in this area (e.g., Schoener et al., 1989; Gabbard and Lester, 1995), addresses this gap by providing educators, trainers, and clinicians with expertise to enhance programs, ethics workshops, seminars, and other educative or clinical teaching projects. This workshop provides professionals with guidance on how to understand the problem of sexual misconduct from a variety of perspectives, including precursors, risk factors, supervisory concerns, psychodynamic underpinnings, preventative methods, and rehabilitation efforts.

It will appeal to ethics committees or other adjudicative bodies that need to understand the problem of sexual boundary transgressions in order to make their determinations.



The venue address is as follows: Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. For detailed directions and a map please click here.

The Citymapper website/app can help you plan your route within London, giving the best walking, cycling, bus and tube routes available. Use postcode E1 8BB as your destination.



Please note that accommodation is not booked via the RCPsych, and that participants are asked to make their own arrangements. There are many hotels to suit a range of budgets a short walk or bus journey from the College.

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