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Ethics, Boundaries and Standard of Care: Considerations in the Digital Age and in Tele-Mental Health

3.00 CE Hours Ethics

This course focuses on defining & identifying the Standard of Care, differentiating between ethical boundary crossings, and unethical boundary violations and reviewing the ethical issues of digital and traditional boundaries and Tele Mental Health.


All orders include the entire presentation with handouts and a CE test.
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Participants will be better able to:

· Describe risk associated with "after hours" online-digital communications.

· Describe how to ethically manage clients searching for online personal information about their therapists and how to keep track of (or control) what clients can find out about their therapists online

· Identify what should be included in the Mandatory Informed Consent for tele mental health

· Identify appropriate engagement in social networking with a current or former client

· Describe the most important complex and unique boundaries and ethical issues introduced to behavioral health in the digital age and by tele mental health

· Describe expectations for practicing tele mental health across state lines

· Identify ethical responses to suicidal or danger to others or to child abuse cases of online clients in distance locations.



Dealing Ethically with Issues of:

Digital Boundaries

· Social Networking with clients

· Yelp exchanges

· 'Texting into the night’;

· Therapists Googling clients;

· Clients Googling Therapists - Online self-disclosure;

· Disinhibition effect

Tele Mental Health 

· Cross States lines

· Separate Informed Consent

· Verifying clients’ identity-location-age, Emergencies: 911,

· Duty to warn, Danger to self or others,

· Child abuse reporting; Internet disruption, security & privacy

· Additional Professional Liability policy

Traditional Boundaries

· Boundary Crossings vs. Boundary Violations;

· Gifts

· Touch

· Dual Relationships

· Self-disclosure

· Bartering

· Home visit, Home office, ‘Walk & Talk’ Therapy.