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Ethical Concerns for the Information Age

Ethical Concerns for the Information Age: Managing Client Confidentiality in an Increasingly Connected World

Research suggests psychologists are increasingly interested in digital mediums for psychotherapy, electronic medical records, communication between sessions, and distance-based services. Optimism around technology comes at a time when various actors threaten privacy and confidentiality of clients including individuals, organized groups, and/or governments. Moreover, minimal research is available about the current training and/or expectations in the use of technology for graduates from APA-accredited doctoral clinical and/or counseling psychology programs or practicing psychologists. This workshop provides information about how current technologies threaten ethical obligations, how practitioners can prevent harm, and practice opportunities for making ethical decisions using case vignettes.
  • Learning objectives: 
    • Attendees will learn about how technology is changing the field of psychology, and what technologies psychologists are using most
    • Attendees will develop competence for potential threats to client privacy and confidentiality
    • Attendees will understand traditionally marginalized populations are at risk to privacy infractions
    • Attendees will participate in discussions and vignettes that illustrate client scenarios where privacy might be compromised
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Presented at the 2017 Iowa Psychological Association Spring Conference in Davenport, Iowa.