This webinar will explore cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of behavioral health practitioners’ growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions, and online social media to deliver services and communicate with clients. Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, the webinar will examine complex ethical issues related to behavioral health practitioners’ and clients’ use of technology such as social networking sites, e-therapy, chat rooms, moderated forums, Web-based psychoeducation, self-guided Web-based intervention, video conferencing, telephone therapy, avatar therapy, online expert systems, search engines, email exchanges, text messages, client blogs, and electronic health records. The webinar will focus on key ethical challenges related to privacy, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, boundaries, nontraditional interventions, and documentation, among others. Dr. Reamer will review state-of-the-art ethical, regulatory, and practice standards and guidelines. He will discuss practical strategies to protect clients and prevent ethics complaints and ethics-related litigation. Dr. Reamer will make extensive use of case material.
This course is based on the recorded webinar, Online and Distance Behavioral Health Practitioners: Ethics and Risk-management Challenges created by Frederic G. Reamer, PhD in 2023.
Frederic Reamer is professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His teaching and research focus on professional ethics, criminal justice, mental health, health care, and public policy. Dr. Reamer received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has served as a social worker in correctional and mental health settings. He chaired the national task force that wrote the Code of Ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers in 1996 and recently served on the code revision task force. Dr. Reamer also chaired the national task force sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, Association of Social Work Boards, Council on Social Work Education, and Clinical Social Work Association that developed technology standards for the profession. Dr. Reamer has lectured nationally and internationally on social work and professional ethics.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Identify ethical issues related to their use of technology to serve clients.
Apply ethical, regulatory, and practice standards to protect clients.
Apply ethical, regulatory, and practice standards to prevent ethics complaints and ethics-related litigation.
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