Records Technology and Counselor Competence

Introduction
This unit covers the topics of records, subpoenas, and the use of technology in record keeping and communication. The creation and maintenance of records is a complex and important aspect of professional conduct. There are legal and ethical considerations, including the federal laws of HIPAA and FERPA, types of records, and who has access to the records as well as under what circumstances the records can be released. Increasingly sophisticated technology has further complicated this area, as records stored in this manner may be subject to unauthorized access.
The second major topic in this unit concerns competence and malpractice. These terms are defined and are reviewed both in terms of the formal credentialing process as well as in regard to the professional standards of knowledge, skills, and diligence. Incompetence and malpractice are also covered, alerting the counseling learner to insidious problems, such as personal distress, as well as the larger issues most likely to result in a malpractice claim.
Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Identify strategies to address the use of technology in a counseling setting based on current legal and ethical codes.
2. Define counselor competency based on current ethical standards and state laws.

Learning Activities Studies Readings
Use your Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling text to complete the following:
• Read Chapter 6, “Records, Subpoenas, and Technology,” pages 130–164.
• Read Chapter 7, “Competence and Malpractice,” pages 165–195.
Use the Library to read one of the following articles:
• Rummell and Joyce’s 2010 article, “‘So wat do u want to wrk on 2day?’: The Ethical Implications of Online Counseling,” from Ethics & Behavior, volume 20, issue 6, pages 482–496.
• Shaw and Shaw’s 2006 article “Critical Ethical Issues in Online Counseling: Assessing Current Practices with an Ethical Intent Checklist,” from Journal of Counseling & Development, volume 84, issue 1, pages 41–53.
• Letzring and Snow’s 2011 article, “Mental Health Practitioners and HIPAA,” from International Journal of Play Therapy, volume 20, issue 3, pages 153–164.
• Bradley et al.’s 2011 article, “E-mail Communication: Issues for Mental Health Counselors,” from Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 33, issue 1, pages 67–79.
• Zur’s 2007 book chapter, “Toward a Better Understanding of Boundaries in Therapy,” from Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Ethical and Clinical Explorations, pages 217-219.
Click Launch Interactive to view Ethical Issues in Record Keeping and Technology. You will use the scenarios presented in this media piece to complete the second discussion in this unit.
Launch Interactive Below:
Addictions Counseling
You are employed with a treatment center for addictions that offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Recently, the administration decided to offer cyber-group sessions for people who want treatment and support but who live in isolated areas in your state. You have been assigned to work with this program. The center has technology that allows for synchronous video and audio interaction, so that you can essentially have cyber-groups.
One evening, a client who has been attending the group for a month comes into the virtual room in an obviously ‘high’ state. He acknowledges that he has had a relapse and has been using pain pills all afternoon. During the session he appears to fall asleep for long periods of time and is unresponsive to your questions. He leaves the session early and appears to be disoriented. Others in the group are frustrated and angry and say they will not continue meeting if this client is allowed to return to the group.

Discussion: 1 – 1 page needed with two references.
Ethics and Technology
Review the case vignettes presented in the Ethical Issues in Record Keeping and Technology interactive piece you viewed in this unit’s study.
Select one vignette and use it to discuss the following:
One Vignette Case Selected Below:
Addictions Counseling
You are employed with a treatment center for addictions that offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Recently, the administration decided to offer cyber-group sessions for people who want treatment and support but who live in isolated areas in your state. You have been assigned to work with this program. The center has technology that allows for synchronous video and audio interaction, so that you can essentially have cyber-groups.
One evening, a client who has been attending the group for a month comes into the virtual room in an obviously ‘high’ state. He acknowledges that he has had a relapse and has been using pain pills all afternoon. During the session he appears to fall asleep for long periods of time and is unresponsive to your questions. He leaves the session early and appears to be disoriented. Others in the group are frustrated and angry and say they will not continue meeting if this client is allowed to return to the group.
1. Identify the possible legal and ethical issues in this situation and identify the relevant legal and ethical codes that would address these issues.
2. Develop a plan of action to address this situation.
Include specific examples to illustrate your ideas, and support your discussion with references to the professional literature.

Discussion: 2 – 1 page needed with two references.
Counselor Competence
Define “counselor competence” in your own words. How is counselor competence addressed in both the professional ethical standards and in your own state’s laws?
Describe specific ways in which you’ll continue to develop and maintain your competence as a counseling professional after you receive your master’s degree.
How will you address issues of burnout, impairment, or personal distress that may arise in your work as a counselor?
Include specific examples to illustrate your ideas, and support your discussion with references to the professional literature.

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Records Technology and Counselor Competence

Records Technology and Counselor Competence

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Introduction
This unit covers the topics of records, subpoenas, and the use of technology in record keeping and communication. The creation and maintenance of records is a complex and important aspect of professional conduct. There are legal and ethical considerations, including the federal laws of HIPAA and FERPA, types of records, and who has access to the records as well as under what circumstances the records can be released. Increasingly sophisticated technology has further complicated this area, as records stored in this manner may be subject to unauthorized access.
The second major topic in this unit concerns competence and malpractice. These terms are defined and are reviewed both in terms of the formal credentialing process as well as in regard to the professional standards of knowledge, skills, and diligence. Incompetence and malpractice are also covered, alerting the counseling learner to insidious problems, such as personal distress, as well as the larger issues most likely to result in a malpractice claim.
Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Identify strategies to address the use of technology in a counseling setting based on current legal and ethical codes.
2. Define counselor competency based on current ethical standards and state laws.

Learning Activities Studies Readings
Use your Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Counseling text to complete the following:
• Read Chapter 6, “Records, Subpoenas, and Technology,” pages 130–164.
• Read Chapter 7, “Competence and Malpractice,” pages 165–195.
Use the Library to read one of the following articles:
• Rummell and Joyce’s 2010 article, “‘So wat do u want to wrk on 2day?’: The Ethical Implications of Online Counseling,” from Ethics & Behavior, volume 20, issue 6, pages 482–496.
• Shaw and Shaw’s 2006 article “Critical Ethical Issues in Online Counseling: Assessing Current Practices with an Ethical Intent Checklist,” from Journal of Counseling & Development, volume 84, issue 1, pages 41–53.
• Letzring and Snow’s 2011 article, “Mental Health Practitioners and HIPAA,” from International Journal of Play Therapy, volume 20, issue 3, pages 153–164.
• Bradley et al.’s 2011 article, “E-mail Communication: Issues for Mental Health Counselors,” from Journal of Mental Health Counseling, volume 33, issue 1, pages 67–79.
• Zur’s 2007 book chapter, “Toward a Better Understanding of Boundaries in Therapy,” from Boundaries in Psychotherapy: Ethical and Clinical Explorations, pages 217-219.
Click Launch Interactive to view Ethical Issues in Record Keeping and Technology. You will use the scenarios presented in this media piece to complete the second discussion in this unit.
Launch Interactive Below:
Addictions Counseling
You are employed with a treatment center for addictions that offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Recently, the administration decided to offer cyber-group sessions for people who want treatment and support but who live in isolated areas in your state. You have been assigned to work with this program. The center has technology that allows for synchronous video and audio interaction, so that you can essentially have cyber-groups.
One evening, a client who has been attending the group for a month comes into the virtual room in an obviously ‘high’ state. He acknowledges that he has had a relapse and has been using pain pills all afternoon. During the session he appears to fall asleep for long periods of time and is unresponsive to your questions. He leaves the session early and appears to be disoriented. Others in the group are frustrated and angry and say they will not continue meeting if this client is allowed to return to the group.

 

Records Technology and Counselor Competence

Discussion: 1 – 1 page needed with two references.
Ethics and Technology
Review the case vignettes presented in the Ethical Issues in Record Keeping and Technology interactive piece you viewed in this unit’s study.
Select one vignette and use it to discuss the following:
One Vignette Case Selected Below:
Addictions Counseling
You are employed with a treatment center for addictions that offers both inpatient and outpatient services. Recently, the administration decided to offer cyber-group sessions for people who want treatment and support but who live in isolated areas in your state. You have been assigned to work with this program. The center has technology that allows for synchronous video and audio interaction, so that you can essentially have cyber-groups.
One evening, a client who has been attending the group for a month comes into the virtual room in an obviously ‘high’ state. He acknowledges that he has had a relapse and has been using pain pills all afternoon. During the session he appears to fall asleep for long periods of time and is unresponsive to your questions. He leaves the session early and appears to be disoriented. Others in the group are frustrated and angry and say they will not continue meeting if this client is allowed to return to the group.
1. Identify the possible legal and ethical issues in this situation and identify the relevant legal and ethical codes that would address these issues.
2. Develop a plan of action to address this situation.
Include specific examples to illustrate your ideas, and support your discussion with references to the professional literature.

Discussion: 2 – 1 page needed with two references.
Counselor Competence
Define “counselor competence” in your own words. How is counselor competence addressed in both the professional ethical standards and in your own state’s laws?
Describe specific ways in which you’ll continue to develop and maintain your competence as a counseling professional after you receive your master’s degree.
How will you address issues of burnout, impairment, or personal distress that may arise in your work as a counselor?
Include specific examples to illustrate your ideas, and support your discussion with references to the professional literature.