Ethics 2.0: When Clinical Goes Digital – Jeff Ashby
Digital Technology Has Changed the Way We Serve our Clients.
In this booming age of social media, digital information, and electronic communication, clients have grown accustomed to being able to receive every imaginable service using technology as the format – including their interactions with you, their clinician.
But working within the complex and rapidly changing world of technology has left many clinicians feeling uncertain how to offer quality, ethical mental health treatment.
Renowned ethics expert Jeff Ashby, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S has devoted 20+ years of his career to ensuring clinicians like you understand—and can effectively apply in practice—the essential legal and ethical best-practices for utilizing technology with clients.
Now you can join Dr. Ashby in this unique online training course that explores today’s ethical issues related to social media, blogs, websites, and more.
Using humor, story-telling, case studies, and exercises, Jeff will equip you with the information necessary to identify possible areas of negligence within your practice, address complex ethical dilemmas, and establish ethical practices that ensure client safety, confidentiality, and quality mental health services. You’ll end this training confident in your ability to address complex ethical dilemmas while maintaining the highest standards of clinical practice.
Here’s what you’ll learn in each of the course modules:
Jeff will guide you step by step through three modules of cutting-edge training on the ethical considerations that are unique, complex, and exciting all at the same time!
Module 1 :
Ethics & Technology: Where We Are Today
In module one, Jeff provides a comprehensive overview of ethics and technology. You’ll spend time understanding the five ethical-decision making processes and uncover the theory you most closely align with. You will be faced with tough questions like how your decision-making informs your practice and how your personal values impact your conversations and recommendations with clients. In this module, you’ll:
- Discuss the five primary purposes of ethics
- Understand the importance of knowing and understanding current codes, laws, and rules in relationship to technology
- Consider the possible—and implied—fiduciary relationships to your clients and the gray area technology brings
- Learn the risk of malpractice and negligence in today’s world
- Uncover whether you are a digital native or a digital immigrant—and learn to identify what your clients are to enhance your therapeutic work
- Learn what makes something an ethical dilemma
- Review the two levels of moral reasoning and how they can impact your decisions
Module 2 :
Understanding Ethical Issues And How They Inform And Impact Your Practice
Module two focuses heavily on the four primary ethical issues of informed consent, competence, confidentiality, and dual/multiple relationships. After completing this module, you’ll:
- Have a complete understanding of informed consent—it’s much more than “a form clients sign”
- Understand the potential gray areas with technology and distance counseling/tele-mental health
- Recognize what it means to be competent in something and where you draw the lines in your own practice
- Understand the difference between supervision and consultation
- Learn the challenges with confidentiality when living in an age of information
- Be able to analyze the use of email and texting in your own practice and identify areas where you may be breaking confidentiality
- Understand what qualifies as dual or multiple relationships and how they (or an interaction) could be interpreted by someone else
Module 3 :
Controlling Your Web Visibility & Self-Disclosure Practices
In the final module, Jeff will guide you in how to analyze your web presence and how you—intentionally or not—self disclose on the internet. You’ll understand privacy settings, the importance of distinguishing personal and professional social networking sites, and how to maintain clear boundaries with clients. After completing this module, you’ll:
- Learn the importance of controlling your web visibility and the potential impact of posted information
- Understand the four different kinds of self-disclosure and what to consider when you choose to do so
- Be confident in how you establish appropriate relationships with clients—off and online