New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age- Pueblo, CO
Pueblo Community College
900 W. Orman Ave, Suite 200
Student Center: Barbara Fortino Conference Room
Pueblo, CO 81004
The use of technology and social media by behavioral health practitioners for personal and professional purposes is increasing. As such, ethical and practice issues like self-disclosure in postings, unintentional boundary crossings/violations, privacy and security problems reflect just some of these new dilemmas. Adding to the problem is a lack of definitive guidance from existing professional and ethical codes until recently. During the New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age training, video-counseling/telehealth will be discussed, along with aspects of jurisdictional issues and a brief overview of telehealth laws, rules and policies for counselors to be aware of in order to practice telehealth in Colorado.
This training will also address common ethical dilemmas behavioral health providers face related to social network sites and web-based search engines. Case scenarios will be used to highlight these dilemmas and encourage discussions among participants related to: 1) the use of social networking sites by clinical supervisors, counselors, and clients; 2) posting comments or pictures online that may violate privacy and security or disparage the profession; 3) emailing clients; 4) conducting Internet searches on clients; 5) social media policy dos and don’ts from practitioner and organizational perspectives; and 6) recent rulings and new state laws that may impact an organization's social media policy for employees.
At the end of this training participants will be able to:
- Name three ethical concerns related to the use of technology and social media
- Discuss two methods of addressing practitioner online self-disclosure
- Recall three employer social media issues that may put organizations at risk if not addressed appropriately