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Digital Dilemmas: Ethical Issues in the Electronic Age

3.0 CE credits
3.0 Act 48 credits for educators

New ethical issues are emerging in this rapidly changing environment of electronic communication and telehealth.  However, specific standards do not exist to address these dilemmas.  Knowing how to respond to these challenges requires a unique approach to ethical decision making grounded in the overarching ethical principles.  This workshop will focus on the ways in which electronic communication, telehealth, and social media promote or prevent client welfare.  Case examples will be presented and participants are encouraged to share their own ethical dilemmas.

  1.  Apply the overarching ethical principles to issues involving electronic communication.
  2. Identify issues in electronic communication that promote or prevent client welfare.
  3. Discuss the pros and cons of using social media in psychological practice.
  4. Improve ethical decision making skills about electronic communication

Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and the former Director of Internship Training there.  She is the Past-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, Past-chair of The Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, and has served as Co-chair of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists’ Ethics Committee.  Dr. Knauss is also a member of the Ethics Committee of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Knauss taught courses in ethics at Widener University, Immaculata University, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She has authored several book chapters and journal articles on ethics, and has taught many continuing education workshops on a variety of ethical issues. 

 Dr. Knauss is the past-president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation, and the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists.  She is also a member of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives (2000-2006; 2013-2018 representing Pennsylvania).  Dr. Knauss is the recipient of a 2015 APA Presidential Citation for her work in APA as well as the recipient of the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, and the recipient of the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award.  

In addition to her work at Widener University, Dr. Knauss maintains a private clinical practice where she sees children, adolescents, adults, and families