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Adventures on the Electronic Frontier: Ethics and Risk Management

Apr 28, 2012 08:15am - Apr 28, 2012 03:45pm
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Event Type: Conference
Category: Technical Workshop


THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY:  registration is now closed.  No walk-in registrations can be accepted on the day of the event.


ALL ATTENDEES will receive a $25 IPA CE gift card which can be applied to a future event.  Those with full attendance for the day will also qualify for a 15% discount on their Trust professional liability insurance policy.

Workshop Description - This workshop qualifies attendees for 6 Category 1 CE's - (meets the Ethics requirement in Indiana)

Internet and telephone-based psychological services are developing rapidly and have been identified as a priority by a number of federal agencies. The current psychological system, designed for an environment in which services are provided in person with treatment provided face-to-face, is struggling with how to deal with and regulate telepsychology. With the expansion of the digital age, even psychologists who have no interest in providing some or all their services remotely are being confronted by issues having to do with the new internet and computer-based technologies. Facebook, Google, cyber reviews and attacks, email, texting, Twitter, Skype, real time audio and visual technology, encryption and computer security are impacting almost all psychologists.

Many questions regarding the internet and digital communication have arisen for psychologists, including: Can I have a Facebook page? What can I put on it? How do I secure my electronic communications? How much of my private, non-professional life is appropriate to reveal to the public? How do I control access to my private and personal information?

This workshop will address the above issues starting with a review of the current status of digital psychology, predictions based on the current state of affairs, and a review of the potential professional and economic advantages of using telepsychology. It will provide guidance to psychologists who wish to take full advantage of this technology before the rules are established, a circumstance that will likely expose them to some risk. Additionally, the workshop will review the current ethical rules, standards and underlying principles dealing with telepsychology and online services. It will then look at relevant laws, both current and in development, and will address relevant court decisions, government policies, jurisdictional issues and licensing board responses. This cutting edge workshop will provide practitioners with a method of identifying risks and with a process for developing a risk management strategy.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to apply basic ethical principles to evaluate risks, benefits, and appropriateness of using various electronic communication and social networking media in their professional practice in a variety of situations.
  • Participants will be able to identify ethical, legal, and disciplinary trends concerning electronic communication that will allow them to anticipate, plan, and adjust their practices accordingly.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate when and how to provide remote professional services, therapeutic, and otherwise to clients in a way that minimizes disciplinary risk.
  • Participants will be able to understand, apply, and integrate the laws and legal principles governing remote practice within and between states.
  • Participants will be able to identify various kinds of professional credentials that will enable them to increase their professional mobility.
  • Participants will be able to develop amendments to their informed consent and documentation and professional consultation policies to accommodate remote practice and electronic communication.
  • Participants will be able to identify important issues regarding privacy and confidentiality created by electronic communication media and technologies that present risks to clients so they can clearly discuss these risks with clients who wish to utilize these technologies.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate and improve their competency to utilize electronic technology and provide remote services to their clients.
  • Participants will be able to discuss and apply specific, positive, ethically based, strategies to manage the disciplinary risks presented by remote electronic communication and professional service delivery based on documentation, consultation, informed consent, and demonstration of competency.


  • Registration and a full breakfast will be available starting at 7:30 am local time
  • Workshop begins promptly at 8:15 and will conclude at 3:45 (the schedule includes two 15 minute breaks and 1 hour lunch).  A detailed schedule of topics to be covered during the day will be provided to all registrants, and is available on request from the IPA office.
  • On-site lunch and breakfast are included in the registration fee

Special Accommodations

The hotel is ADA accessible.  For any other special arrangements, contact the IPA office no later than April 1.

Early registration ends on Apr 14, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Apr 15, 2012 and ends on Apr 26, 2012.
Late registration starts on Apr 27, 2012.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).