Boards, Ethics Committees,
With Special Reference to Dual
Arnold A. Lazarus, PhD, ABPP
He looked down at us from the podium, adjusted the microphone (again), and stated flatly, “Any time you cross a professional boundary you place your entire career in jeopardy.” He waited for that to sink in. I looked around me. Everyone in the audience seemed to be paying very close attention. This was one of those risk-management seminars in which carefully chosen speakers told us how to hang onto our licenses. I have attended two of those seminars and found them extremely scary. On both occasions, when 4:30 or 5:00 P.M. rolled round and we disbanded, I felt anxious and paranoid. I was not alone. As I
Parts of this chapter are taken from Lazarus, A. A. (2002). Something must be done about
the totalitarian mentality of ethics committees and licensing boards. In J. K. Zeig (Ed.). (2002).
The evolution of psychotherapy: The fourth conference. Phoenix, AZ: Zeig & Tucker.