Ethics, Boundaries, and the Internet (Interactive live online)

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For registration assistance: 608-262-2451
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This virtual learning class is being offered remotely at the listed day/time. Details, including instructions for accessing an online learning platform via the internet or dial-in option, will be provided to registrants. Participants earn 2 hours of ethics/boundaries continuing education. Take additional units to meet your requirements for 4 or 6 ethics/boundaries CE hours.

The electronic medical record is exposing clinicians to greater privacy and boundary challenges. Internet and social media pressures are also changing the landscape of mental healthcare. Add to this the opportunities and perils of "big data" and subsequent effects on risk assessment and the growing prevalence of telemedicine and you have a lot of change in a short amount of time.

This presentation will tackle some of the ethical issues involved in working with the electronic record. We will also discuss boundary issues involved with internet searches of clients, e-mail and texting as therapy and providing telemedicine services.


Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the electronic health record changes more than simply how we keep records
  • Discuss the importance of office social media policies for boundaries
  • Analyze how telemedicine is affecting mental health care
  • List examples of when searching for client data online may or may not be acceptable


Intermediate to advanced

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Course Outline

Course outline

  • The electronic health record and how it's different than a paper chart
  • Email and texting with clients
  • Social media informed consent
  • Telemedicine
  • Big data
  • Searching our clients online and other boundary challenges

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 2
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .2
American Psychological Association - Continuing Education Credit 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Substance Abuse Counselors - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Marriage and Family Therapists - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services - Social Workers - Continuing Education Credit Hours 2

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Ashley Kuehl at ashley.kuehl@wisc.edu or 608-265-4267

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

David Mays

(MD, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine) is the past forensic clinical director at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. He also serves on the clinical faculty at UW-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin.