Rapid changes in technology and the emergence of social media as a means of communication have raised new challenges for mental health clinicians. This seminar will address ethical guidelines for thoughtful and effective use of technology in clinical practice, hopefully leading to enhanced connection with clients and reduced liability. Topics to be covered include ways in which technology may enhance or detract from the work of psychotherapy, implications for the therapeutic relationship, boundary considerations in the use of technology, privacy and confidentiality concerns of both client and therapist, risk management considerations and implications of technology for the education and training of future mental health professionals. Didactic presentation, case review and group discussion will be utilized.
1.Identify ethical challenges which arise in the use of technology in mental health practice
2.Describe constructive means of integrating technology into clinical practice with consideration for client well being and effective risk management
3.Discuss the implications of technology for the education and training of mental health professionals in the digital age
Susan Zoline, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing, teaching and consulting in the Chicago area for over thirty years. Dr. Zoline is Associate Professor of Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago, where she has been teaching clinical masters and doctoral students since 1988. Dr. Zoline’s areas of professional expertise include professional ethics, suicide, violence and abuse assessment and intervention, clinical supervision and risk management. Dr. Zoline is a longstanding member of the Illinois Psychological Association Ethics Committee which she currently Co-Chairs. She has worked clinically in a broad variety of settings and regularly consults and provides workshops to mental health and other professionals on topics related to professional ethics.