Practical Mental Health Ethics: Applications for a Changing World

Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont 
6 CE Contact Hours

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Jeff Ashby, PhD, ABPP

Here's what attendees had to say about Dr. Ashby's September, 2017 conference called, "Ethical Decision-Making in a Changing World": 

"This was the second conference I've attended where Jeff Ashby presented, and I was very satisfied with this presentation. He makes ethics an interesting, timely, and enjoyable topic. I plan to attend more of his workshops in the future. I'm a "groupie"!"

"I was dreading this conference as I thought it would be BORING....I was pleasantly surprised. Dr. Ashby is amazing at taking a complicated subject, injecting humor and making the whole day informative and fun. I would attend other conferences by him. I was highly impressed." 

"Presenter was very energized and managed to sustain his energy throughout, which made it easy for attendees to manage a long day of sitting. He offered substantive content, but was at the same time funny and entertaining."

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Course Description: 

Ongoing clinical practice often contributes to a kind of ethical “drift”.  In addition, the internet, social media, and other technological changes have offered new ethical challenges for mental health clinicians.  Using case examples, discussion, and lecture, participants in this workshop will consider how the ethical codes apply to the practical world of counseling. Special emphasis will be placed on developing professionals’ understanding of decision-making processes used in arriving at ethical courses of action in the context of a changing world.  The workshop will highlight issues of informed consent, competence, confidentiality, and boundaries/multiple relationships.  Using case studies and vignettes, professionals will be invited to consider what might be the best course of action in a variety of scenarios presenting ethical dilemmas.  

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

  1. understand the assumptions and theories behind ethical decision making models,
  2. be able to identify and explain a practical model for ethical decision-making
  3. explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of informed consent
  4. explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of competence
  5. explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of confidentiality
  6. explain how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of dual relationships

Jeff Ashby, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University.  He is the former Director of Georgia State’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program, a licensed psychologist, a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and a Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor.  Dr. Ashby has taught ethics at the graduate level for over 20 years and has served as Member of the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association, Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Play Therapy and as an ethics content expert with the State of Georgia Psychology board.  He has made over 100 presentations at professional conferences and authored/co-authored more than 100 articles in refereed journals, numerous book chapters, and two books.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
The Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, Vermont

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Coffee and Registration
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Theories of Ethical Decision-Making
           Ethical Decision-Making Models.
10:00 AM -10:15 AM
Break and Refreshments 
10:15 AM - 11:30  AM
         Issues of Informed Consent
         Informed Consent Case Studies
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Issues of Ethical Competence
Competence Case Studies
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Lunch in the Retreat cafeteria and included with your registration)
1:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Issues of Confidentiality and Dual Relationships
Confidentiality and Dual Relationship Case Studies
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Questions and Answers