Behavioral Health in the Digital Age Ethical and Risk Management Issues

MentorHealth
Date: Tuesday November 12, 2019
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10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST

Duration: 90 Minutes
Instructor: Frederic Reamer
Webinar Id: 801815
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Overview:

Today's behavioral health practitioners face a wide range of challenging ethical issues related to their use of technology to serve clients.

Is it ethical for practitioners to use technology to provide services remotely to clients they never meet in person? How should behavioral health professionals 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? In this webinar, Dr. Frederic Reamer will explore cutting-edge ethical issues in the digital age in behavioral health.

He will focus especially on complex ethical and risk-management issues related to practitioners' use of technology to deliver services, communicate with clients, and manage and store sensitive information.

Why should you Attend: Behavioral health professionals encounter a wide range of challenging ethical issues related to their use of technology to deliver services and communicate with clients. Skillful management of these ethical issues is essential in order to protect clients and prevent lawsuits and ethics complaints. This webinar will include "must have"information that will be provided by Dr. Frederic Reamer, who chaired several national and international projects that developed state-of-the-art standards related to practitioners' use of technology.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • The use of digital technology and social media in behavioral health: Overview and case examples
  • Ethical and risk-management issues
  • Ethical decision-making and risk-management strategies
  • Questions/answers

Who Will Benefit:
  • Clinical Social Workers
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Substance use Treatment Professionals

Speaker Profile
Frederic Reamer, Ph.D., is professor in the graduate program, School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. He chaired the national task force that wrote the code of ethics adopted by the National Association of Social Workers. Reamer is the author of more than 20 books and 140 journal articles, encyclopedia entries, and book chapters. He has been a social worker in correctional and mental health settings and specializes in professional ethics.

Reamer has been an expert witness and ethics consultant in more than 100 court (litigation) cases and licensing board cases involving ethical and risk-management issues.

His books include Risk Management in Social Work: Preventing Professional Malpractice, Liability, and Disciplinary Action (Columbia University Press); Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services (Columbia University Press); Social Work Values and Ethics (Columbia University Press); Ethical Standards in Social Work (NASW Press); and The Social Work Ethics Audit: A Risk Management Tool (NASW Press), among others.


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