Imagining Our Ethical Future in the Helping Professions: The impact of transhumanism on practice, privacy, and technology addiction
Imaging Our Ethical Future: The impact of transhumanism on practice, privacy, technology addiction, personhood, and our profession.
Description of training:
There is no doubt that the pandemic had pushed helping professionals toward new levels of technological competence. Every advance in technology, however, raises new levels of ethical awareness. Often, technology seems to outpace the development of ethical standards. Bewildered by bots, apps, AI, avatars, what to speak of telehealth… how do we keep up with it all?
In this workshop, we will look toward the future of the helping professions and examine the impact that technology will have on our practice. We will review basic professional ethical norms and apply them to emerging trends. A model for ethical decision making will be presented. And we will explore the philosophy of transhumanism and how it’s assumptions impact the fundamental questions our profession have been asking since their inception: “What does it mean to be human? Why should I be ethical?”
Ultimately, this will be an opportunity to reflect on our relationship to technology and its application to mental health and substance use counseling. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on how we view the service we provide in the context of our rapidly changing techno-culture.
This training offers six (6) continuing education hours.
Objectives of the Training:
1. Participants will reinforce knowledge of current ethical standards in the professions of mental health and substance use treatment.
2. Participants will consider the impact of technological evolution and trans humanism upon the profession, definitions of privacy, personhood, and addiction.
3. Participants will reflect on their own relationship with technology relative to applied ethical standards in the profession through case study.
Outline of Program:
Part 1 – Introduction. Why this topic? Review of ethical principles that apply to mental health and substance use counseling 1.5 hr.
Part 2 – Forces that shape our technology ethics: marketing, media, pandemics, and telehealth 1.5 hr.
Part 3 – Imaging our ethical future: The impact of transhumanism on practice, privacy, technology addiction, personhood, and our profession. 3.0 hrs.