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Sunday, October 22 • 8:30am - 12:00pm
Ethics Panel

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Educational therapists periodically encounter practice dilemmas that must be handled ethically and effectively. Have you ever struggled to resolve a disagreement with a parent, teacher, or allied professional? Do you find it difficult to manage boundaries when faced with a parent who demands excessive time and drains your emotional energy? What useful information might you learn by analyzing your feelings about that parent? Who can you consult for advice and support? Business practices can also present ethical dilemmas. Is it difficult for you to set fees or discuss fee collection with clients? How do you represent yourself professionally on your business cards, website, or brochures?

A panel of Board Certified Educational Therapists moderated by Risa Graff, MA, BCET, FAET, will discuss ethical issues that often arise in the practice of educational therapy. The panel will offer anecdotes from private practice and settings such as schools, clinics and learning centers. The presentation will include ample time for questions and discussion of specific case examples from the audience.

Participants will be able to: generate solutions when there are disagreements between educational therapists and other professionals or parents; decide when professional consultation is needed in order to understand and maintain boundaries that promote healthy relationships with difficult parents; and identify areas of business practice that often present us with practical and/or ethical dilemmas.


Risa Graff, MA, BCET, FAET

Educational Therapist
Risa Graff has had a private practice in educational therapy in Olympia Fields, Illinois for forty years. A past president of AET and currently the Chair of the Ethics/Scope of Practice SubCommittee, Risa was also an instructor for the Educational Therapy Institute. She enjo... Read More →

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Diana Black Kennedy, MA, BCET

Educational Therapist, MindSpark
Diana Black Kennedy is a Board Certified Educational Therapist with a thriving private practice in Marin County, California. Her extensive classroom experience spans second through twelfth grade in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Her students represent a wide range of learning profiles, and she loves them all. Diana presents nationally and internationally and writes an education blog for her company, Mindspark Learning. She leads... Read More →
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Lori Dver

Learning Resources Coordinator, Polytechnic School

Susan Grama

Educational Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist, Educational Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist

Sunday October 22, 2017 8:30am - 12:00pm
LOCATION: Quail Hill

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