With new trends and increasing advancement of capabilities in technology and electronic communication, the delivery of behavioral health services is facing new challenges related to the ethical handling of these capabilities. The result is increased vulnerability to ethical circumstances heretofore unexperienced. In this session, participants will develop an understanding of the crucial relationship between technology and ethics and examine factors contributing to ethical dilemmas including e-mail, social media, telehealth and distance counseling. Participants will apply strategies and guidelines that help develop wider competencies to mitigate increased ethical vulnerabilities in the virtual world.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
Recite the concepts of social media, tele-counseling and telehealth and identify at least four challenges facing behavioral health practitioners related to increased capabilities in technology and electronic communication.
Learn strategies and guidelines that build wider competencies to mitigate ethical vulnerabilities in the virtual world.
Analyze and apply at least four practical strategies that will contribute to dealing effectively with ethical dilemmas in virtual communication.