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The Ethics of Using Intuition in Therapy

April 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Because intuition comes from within, it comes with its own authority and is central to discussions about the nature of scientific and philosophical reasoning and what it means to be human. Research suggests that we move sequentially along a four-step process of moral decision making: 1) awareness: being able to interpret the situation as being moral; 2) judgment: deciding which course of action is morally right; 3) intent: prioritizing moral values over other values and 4) behavior: executing and implementing the moral intention.

1. Recognize opposing views on what intuition is and how it works.
2. Discuss the role intuition plays in making ethical decisions.
4. Explore when it is appropriate to rely on our intuitive process.
5. Discuss how we maintain our professional integrity and still deliver what is best for our client.

I picked the black swan as the theme for a workshop on ethics because of the transitional times we are living in and the need for using our intuition. The theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight. The term is based on an ancient saying which presumed black swans did not exist, but the saying was rewritten after black swans were discovered in the wild.

The theory was developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb to explain:

The disproportionate role of high-profile, hard-to-predict, and rare events that are beyond the realm of normal expectations in history, science, finance, and technology.
The non-computability of the probability of the consequential rare events using scientific methods (owing to the very nature of small probabilities).
The psychological biases that blind people, both individually and collectively, to uncertainty and to a rare event’s massive role in historical affairs.

*Note: While I have taught this workshop for UNH, USM and other institutions, I cannot guarantee its acceptance for the 4 hours of ethics required by your professional board for relicensure.

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April 4
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Winter Robinson


836 Main Street
Westbrook, ME 04092 United States
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