3 CEs (Ethics credit).
Younger clients and community-based clients are seeking online contact with mental health care providers at an increasing rate. Online media offer the promise of increased efficiency and effectiveness of therapeutic services, supervision of trainees, and peer consultations. However, they also present risks to both client and professional. In addition to the practical concerns about the security of the technology and the problems with misunderstanding of any text-based communications, there are uncertainties about the effectiveness of these innovative interventions (especially when used in the absence of fact-to-face contact). The diligence with which mental health professionals protect client confidentiality and conduct appropriate informed consent is also an area of concern.
This workshop explores the ethical and legal responsibilities of mental health professionals in use of technology for treatment, follow-up, peer consultation, and supervision experiences. Current standards, guidelines, and regulations will be analyzed and applied to vignettes drawn from practice, along with discussion and response to questions by Dr. Welfel.
Instructor: Elizabeth Reynolds Welfel, Ph.D., Training Co-Director in Counseling Psychology and Professor at Cleveland State University, has been teaching graduate students in counseling and counseling psychology for more than 30 years. Dr. Welfel has authored numerous articles on the ethics of professional practice and her book, Ethics in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Standards, Research and Emerging Issues, is in its fifth edition. Along with Dr. Elliott Ingersoll, she has co-edited the Mental Health Desk Reference. Her other books include The Counseling Process (with Patterson) and Using Test Data in Clinical Practice (with MacCluskie and Toman). She has co-edited an APA Press book entitled, The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations for Mental Health Professionals. She has conducted numerous continuing education programs on professional ethics. Dr. Welfel received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1979 and has been a licensed psychologist in Ohio since 1986.
Registration deadline: Friday, March 21, 2014