Ethical Challenges in a Digital World and Ethical Decision-making Strategies


Overview:

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.


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