This session will focus on navigating the ever changing landscape of professional ethics, specifically focusing on clinicians who work with substance use disorder clients. Technology has had a significant impact on how clinicians deliver services and how they interact with clients, creating ethical challenges that were never thought of when many of the ethics codes were written. Real world situations will be examined, and discussion will facilitate exploration of the potential ethical dilemmas. When and if is it appropriate for a professional counselor to have a presence on social media and if so, what is appropriate to post? When is it appropriate to provide virtual counseling services? What are the pitfalls of social media and dual relationships? How do you ethically deliver virtual counseling services? We will also examine other forms of electronic communication such as email and texting and their role in the therapeutic relationship.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
A working knowledge of how to navigate ethical dilemmas.
Know how and where to seek support if they encounter ethical dilemmas.
Challenge themselves to examine their own boundaries with clients.