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Ethical and Safety Concerns Regarding the Use of Mental Health–Related Apps in Counseling: Considerations for Counselors

About the Course:

The authors define and explore benefits and risks for using Mental Health Apps to augment counseling services. After ethical concerns are identified and explained, the authors suggest strategies for insuring safety and informed consent for clients. They also address the current status of evaluation and oversight of MHapps and the difficulty that poses for practitioners. Keywords Smartphone apps . Mental health . Counselor . Code of ethics

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Ethical and Safety Concerns Regarding the Use of Mental Health–Related Apps in Counseling: Considerations for Counselors created by Kathleen M. Palmer, PhD and Vanessa Burrows. M.A. in 2020.

Publication Date:

Aug 2020

Course Material Authors

Kathleen M. Palmer, PhD

Dr. Kathleen Palmer currently works as an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy. Dr. Palmer does research about integration and use of internet-based mental health interventions. She has presented at both the state and national level on topics that include undergraduate college students’ attitudes about online versus face-to-face counseling, college students’ attitudes about Internet-based mental health interventions, and college students’ use of mental health-related cell phone apps. Her work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Vanessa Burrows. M.A.

Vanessa is a student at University of Detroit Mercy. This is her first published article.

Course Creator

Barbara F. McMillan, LPC

Barbara McMillan, BA, MS, EdD, LPC has 35 years of experience as a therapist, clinical director, and administrator in mental health and substance abuse programs. She holds degrees in psychology and education, and has been a licensed professional counselor and supervising counselor for many years. After 18 years in various roles in private and public mental health settings, she became a full-time college psychology and sociology instructor.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the claims of quality for Maps

  2. List potential strengths and weaknesses related to using Maps.

  3. Enumerate ethical concerns for counselors using Maps to supplement therapy.

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