Zur Institute (All you need to know)

In this article, we will give you a brief guide on the Zur Institute. Keep reading to find who the founder of the Zur Institute is and what is his mission. 

What is the Zur Institute? 

The Zur Institute is an online platform for continuous learning for psychotherapists, FT’s, counsellors and social workers in private practice.

The institute was founded by Dr Zur, psychotherapist, writer, forensic consultant and expert witness. 

The Zur institute offers 12 unique continuing education courses on the following subjects: 

  • Abuse
  • Addiction & Substance Abuse
  • Ageing & End of Life
  • Artificial Intelligent (AI) & Mental Health
  • Attachment Theory & Therapy
  • Children, Adolescents & Parenting
  • Couples & Sexuality
  • Diagnosis & DSM
  • Diversity
  • Dual Relationships
  • Ethics, Law, Boundaries
  • Mental Disorders & Treatments
  • Mindfulness, Meditation & CAM
  • Motivational Interviewing & Performance Psych
  • Movie-Based & Cinema Therapy
  • Neuropsychology & Neurobiology
  • Psychology of Web & Internet Psychology
  • Spousal & Partner Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Supervision & E-Supervision
  • TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics
  • Therapeutic Orientations
  • Trauma and PTSD.

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Free online resources

You may have not known this, but the Zur institute is often researched and quotes for its free online resources.

Here’s what you can find on the website:

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Resources on clinical, ethical, & practice management topics

If you are either a psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist or social worker, on the Zur institute official page you can find a link free online resources on clinical, ethical and practice management topics. Among them:

  • ADHD
  • Aging & Positive Psychology
  • Alcoholism: Neurobiology
  • Anger Management
  • Animal/Equine Assisted Therapy
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Artificial Intelligent (AI) & Mental Health Resources
  • Attachment Theory
  • Autism & Neurodiversity
  • Bartering
  • Beauty
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • BodyMind
  • Boomers & Seniors – Counseling
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Boundaries in Psychotherapy;

And the list goes on, and on. 

Exclusive articles, audios & videos on ethical, clinical, and practice management authored by Dr Zur

This is an amazing section for those of you who claim they do not have enough time to sit and read articles daily.

Besides articles, you will find an amazing collection of audio and video files on ethical, clinical, and practice management – which you can listen to in traffic, on your morning walk or whenever you get some free time on your hands. 

  • Boundaries In Therapy
  • Overview of Boundaries in Therapy
  • Bartering in Psychotherapy
  • Dual/Multiple Relationships
  • Extensive Bibliography
  • Gifts in Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Home Office
  • BodyMind & Mindfulness
  • CAM
  • Clinical Resources
  • Coaching
  • Conditions & Diagnostic Categories
  • Neuropsychology & Neurobiology
  • Populations
  • Psychopharmacology and other topics. 

Zur Institute Blog

On the Zur institute blog, you can read about interesting and actual topics, for example, What We Can Learn From Adversity or Finding Motivation to Change. 

The articles are written by psychologists, psychotherapists and researchers. 

Clinical Updates by Zur Institute

In the clinical updates by Zur institutes section, some of the updates you can read about are related to:

  • Addiction
  • Power in psychotherapy
  • Private Practice (fee-for-service) Outside Managed-Care
  • Aging, Anti-Aging, End of Life
  • Artificial Intelligence & MH
  • Attachment.

The exclusive list of Zur Institute podcasts, audios & videos

Again, this exclusive list of Zur Institute podcasts, audios & videos is great for anyone who doesn’t have too much free time on their hands.

They are also a great resource and material to use in the private session, or for teaching. 

  • Traditional Therapeutic Boundaries
  • TeleMental Health or TelePsychology
  • Digital Ethics
  • Fee-for-service Private Practice Outside Managed Care
  • Psychology of Technology, Gaming, Psychology of the Web, & Internet Addiction
  • Psychology of Victims and Critique of DSM and of PTSD Diagnosis
  • Rethinking Domestic Violence
  • Surrogate Partner Therapy
  • Autism
  • Speed of Life, End of Life, and Other Topics.

Private Practice Resources

Some of the private practice resources that you can get for free are:

  • Fee-for-Service Private Practice
  • Burnout & Self Care
  • Clients’ Feedback
  • DX, CPT, ICD & DSM
  • Fees, Insurance & ICD
  • Informed Consent
  • Licensing Boards Complaints
  • Market a Practice Outside Managed Care
  • Record Keeping
  • Retirement & Professional Will
  • Termination & Drop-out.

Resources for the general public

You do not have to be a psychologist, psychotherapist, doctor or social worker in order to access the Zur institute free online resources.

Some of the resources for the general public are about: 

  • Love, Marriage, Infidelity, Sexuality
  • Health, Living Fully, Happiness, Find Your Calling/Vocation
  • Internet Addiction Psychology of the Internet
  • Psychotherapy, Teaching, Consulting, Critique of Therapy
  • Teen Suicide, PTSD, Domestic Violence, Victimhood, War
  • Growing Old with Dignity, Death and Dying. 

About Dr Zur

According to his official website, “Dr Zur is well known for having the vision to introduce ideas well ahead of their time: When almost no one spoke of HIPPA, he was already touring the country giving presentations about it.

When almost no one contemplated Dual Relationships or the Risk of Risk Management, he was already writing books and articles about it.

When almost no one cared to invest in Telemental Health education he was already focusing on creating courses and resources about it.”

When asked, “Who do you think you are? Do you think you are going to compete with UC Berkeley?” Dr Zur responded, “What a great idea.”

Indeed, Zur Institute, Inc. has since served dozens of thousands of individuals, becoming one of the most successful and biggest online continuing education programs in the world.

Dr Zur has a  PhD on Psychology, from the Wright Institute, Berkeley, California.

He also has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, from Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts and psychology, an undergraduate diploma from the Haifa University, Israel. 

Dr Zur has been a licensed psychotherapist for individual, couple and family therapy since 1988.

He is also an ethics consultant, a forensic consultant and expert witness since 1990. 

Books Authored Or Co-authored By Dr Zur

Zur, O. (Ed.) (2017). Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Unavoidable, Common and Mandatory Dual Relations in Therapy. New York: Routledge.

Zur, O. & Huggins, R. (2018). HIPAA Compliance Kit, 9th Edition. Distributed by Zur Institute, Inc. (3rd Edition of HIPAA Compliance Kit by Ofer Zur, PhD was Distributed by W. W. Norton, N.Y.: Norton Professional Books.)

Zur, O. (2007). Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Ethical and Clinical Explorations. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association – APA Books.

Zur, O. (Orig-2006, Revised-2018 7th Edition). The Complete Fee-for-Service Private Practice Handbook. Sonoma, CA: Zur Institute.

Lazarus, A. A. & Zur, O. (Eds.) (2002). Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy. New York: Springer.

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Journal Articles, Book Chapters & Online Publications

Zur, O. (2020). Risk Management: Touching is not Always a Violation. The National Psychologist, Spring, p.6.

Zur, O. & Trachsel, M. (2019). Beyond the Office Walls: Ethical Issues of Home Visits, and Adventure Therapy. In M. Trachsel, Ş. Tekin, N. Biller-Andorno, J. Gaab, and J. Z. Sadler (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK. DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198817338.013.70

Zur, O. (2018). Out-of-Office Experiences May be Beneficial. National Psychologist.(Nov.)

Zur, O. (2015). Correcting vs. Altering Records. The National Psychologist, Sept./Oct., p. 20

Zur, O. (2015). Sex in America: An Interview with Marty Klein. Voices: the Art and Science of Psychotherapy, 51/2.

Zur, O. (2014). Not All Multiple Relationships Are Created Equal: Mapping the Maze of 26 Types of Multiple Relationships. Independent Practitioner, 34/1, 15-22.

Zur, O. (2012). Google Factor: Therapists’ Transparency In The Digital Era of Google and MySpace. In Stout, C. E. (Ed.) Chapter 14: Getting Better at Private Practice. Hoboken, New Jersey, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 230-238.

Zur, O. (2012). Therapeutic Ethics in the Digital Age. Psychotherapy Networker, July/August 26-33. 

Zur, O. & Zur, A. (2011). On Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives: How the Digital Divide Affects Families, Educational Institutions, and the Workplace. Zur Institute – Online Publication.

Zur, O. (2010). Is it Kosher for a Psychotherapist to Serve as an Expert Witness? National Psychologist, November/December, pp 5, 8.

Zur, O. (2009). Towards a New Understanding Of The Meaning of Power in Psychotherapy: A Rejoinder. Independent Practitioner 29, (4), 202-206.

Zur, O. (2008). I Love These EMails, or Do I? The use of emails in psychotherapy and counselling. New Therapist 57, September/October, p. 23-25.

Zur, O. (2007). The Ethical Eye: Don’t let “risk management” undermine your professional approach. Psychotherapy Networker, July/August, 48-56

Wolz, B. and Zur, O. (2007). Ethical Issues in Psychotherapy: Portrayed in a Movie – Prime. California Therapist, May/June, 40-42.

Zur, O. (2006). HIPAA “Psychotherapy Notes” Not Yet Legally Defined, National Psychologist, 15/4, 17.

Zur, O. (2005). Dumbing down of psychology: Manufactured consent about the depravity of dual relationships in therapy. In R. H. Wright & N. A. Cummings, (Eds.) (2005). Destructive trends in mental health: The well-intentioned road to harm. New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge. PP. 253-282.

Zur, O. (2005). Clinical Update: Record-Keeping Guidelines. Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCAGA) News, 29, 5.

Zur, O. (2004). To Cross or Not to Cross: Do boundaries in therapy protect or harm. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 39 (3), 27-32.