Digital Ethics: Keeping Abreast of Clinical and Ethical Considerations (DE301)

$39.00 (or 3 Credits)

SKU: DE301 Category:


    This course is also offered as part of the TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics Certificate Package

    The continual evolution of use of the Internet and related digital technologies adds a level of complexities and ethical considerations for clinicians. Even those who do not engage in telemental health must adhere to ethical guidelines governing social media, online reviews, texting, and other forms of online communications.

    In this intermediate level course, ethics expert, Dr. Ofer Zur, sheds light on current regulations and guidelines clinicians need to adhere to in order to practice within ethical standards. This interview is broken into three sections and is available in video, audio or text format.

    In the first section, Dr. Zur reviews fundamental principles of ethics including the Standard of Care and codes of ethics. In the second section, Dr. Zur discusses the disinhibition effect, other aspects of digital interaction, along with a review of the ethics of Google searches. The final section includes a discussion of standards of telemental health and conducting telehealth across state lines.

    As an added bonus, a sample telehealth consent form is included.


    • Standard of Care
      • Definition
    • Components that comprise the standard of care
    • Application in Telemental health
    • Ethical Decision Making
      • Steps involved
    • Digital Ethics
      • Texting
      • Disinhibition Effect
      • The Yelp Trap
        • Responding to reviews
      • Google
        • Standards and ethical considerations
        • Informed consent
    • Online/Digital Dual Relationships
      • Codes of ethics
    • Considerations as a result of changes triggered by COVID pandemic
      • Increases in mental health/social concerns
        • Impact on teletherapy
          • Increased ease of practicing across state lines
          • Changes in insurance regulations
    • Impact on therapists as a result of shift to teletherapy
      • Loss of collegial relationships
      • Isolation
      • New ethical concerns
    • Possible future trends
      • Telemental health apps
        • Ethical and privacy concerns
    • Ethical guidelines for practicing telehealth
      • Separate informed consent
      • Separate Insurance policy
      • Other concerns