2021.01.15 | Webinar: Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Behavioral Health


2021.01.15 | Webinar | Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Behavioral Health | Frederic Reamer, Ph.D.

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2021.01.15 | 10a.m. to 12p.m. | Webinar: Ethics and Risk Management in Online and Distance Behavioral Health | 2 Contact Hours

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This webinar will explore cutting-edge ethical issues arising out of behavioral health professionals’ growing use of digital technology, electronic interventions and communications, and social media to deliver services and communicate with clients.  Moving beyond introductory ethics concepts, Dr. Frederic Reamer will examine complex ethical issues related to practitioners’ and clients’ use of social networking sites, e-therapy, chat rooms, moderated forums, self-guided Web-based intervention, video conferencing, telephone therapy, avatar therapy, search engines, email exchanges, text messages, and electronic records. The webinar will focus on key ethical challenges related to privacy, confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, boundaries, nontraditional interventions, and documentation, among others.  Dr. Reamer will make extensive use of case material; explore risk-management strategies designed to protect clients and prevent lawsuits and ethics complaints; and provide opportunity for audience participation.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Apply ethical decision-making frameworks and ethical standards
  • Identify ethical issues that pose malpractice and liability risks
  • Design strategies to protect clients and prevent ethics complaints and lawsuits
  • Identify ethical dilemmas related to behavioral health professionals’ use of electronic interventions, digital technology, and social media to serve and communicate with clients

About the Presenter

Frederic Reamer, Ph.D. Frederic G. Reamer is Professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983.  His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, health care, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics.  Read more

Contact hours:

  • A completed evaluation is required to receive contact hours for the following:
  • Up to 2 Continuing Medical Education hours. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and (CCSME). The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians
  • 2 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 2 contact hours for CHES/MCHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.Certificate of attendance for
  • 2 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.
  • 2 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

Neither the presenter nor the program planners disclose any commercial or conflict of interest associated with this learning activity.

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