Today's behavioral health practitioners face a wide range of unprecedented ethical challenges related to their use of digital and other technology. Is it ethical for practitioners (mental health counselors,social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, and substance use counselors) to use technology to provide services remotely to clients they never meet in person?
How should practitioners manage boundary issues associated with online communications with current and former clients? How should practitioners respond to "friend" requests they receive from clients on online social networking sites? Is it ethical for practitioners to conduct online searches for information about clients without clients' knowledge? Dr. Frederic Reamer will discuss these challenges and provide an overview of state-of-the-art ethical, regulatory, and professional standards that can guide practitioners in the digital age.
Why should you Attend: Behavioral health practitioners face unprecedented ethical challenges in the digital age. The advent of digital technology to deliver services, communicate with clients, search for information about clients, and store clinical information has led to novel ethical issues related to client privacy, confidentiality, informed consent, boundary issues, dual relationships, conflicts of interest, and documentation, among other issues.
The major behavioral health professions have recently developed ethical and professional standards to guide practitioners in their use of technology. This webinar will provide essential information to protect clients and prevent ethics complaints and litigation.
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Who Will Benefit:
- Ethical Challenges in Behavioral Health in the Digital Age: Case Examples
- Overview of Key Ethical Issues
- Review of Emerging Ethical, Regulatory, and Professional Standards Related to Technology
- Risk-Management: Protecting Clients and Preventing Ethics Complaints and Litigation
- Mental Health Counselors
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Substance use Counselors