This presentation will review cutting-edge clinical and ethical complexities that clinicians face in the 21st century. It will review how the Internet and computers have affected the way therapists and clients interact and get informed about each other. It will cover issues such as online transparency, clients Googling therapists, emails and texting between therapists and clients, therapists Googling clients, ways to respond to clients' friend requests on Facebook, and much more. It will also review the evolving standard of care issues and provide guidelines for office policies, informed consent, and ethical ways of record keeping for e-mails, texts, and social networking communications. The course will also explore the digital divide between older therapists (aka "digital immigrants") and younger clients (aka "digital natives") as well as between older and younger therapists and parents and children.
Outline of web conference:
This web conference is designed to help clinicians:
1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.
GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. GoodTherapy.org solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.
Premium or Pro Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium or Pro Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.
Ofer Zur, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and forensic consultant practicing in Sonoma, CA and a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Div. 42. He is the director of the Zur Institute, which offers over 100 online courses and is one of the most extensive online CE programs for psychologists, counselors, social workers, MFTs, and nurses. His teaching, therapist consultations, and writings focus on private practice outside managed care, ethics, standards of care, boundaries, dual relationships, and Internet addiction. His books include Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy (Springer, 2002, co-edited with A. Lazarus), HIPPA Friendly (Norton, 2005), Private Practice Handbook (ZI, 2007), and Boundaries in Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2007).
Dr. Zur is deeply concerned about the harm inflicted by dogmatic, inflexible, and ideologically rigid psychotherapeutic practices. His website provides dozens of free articles and guidelines for psychotherapists and the public.