IMHCA is excited to have Dr. Michele Kerulis and Jennifer Robertson presenting a 3 hr Ethics CE Lunch Series:
Engaged and Ethical Media Interactions for Counselors
Description: Experts in mental health are often called on to provide commentary about the impact that mental health issues and sociopolitical climates have on wellness. The purpose of this interactive workshop is to help attendees learn how to interpret ethics codes (ACA, 2014; AMHCA 2020), utilize ethical decision making models, and create content to share in the media that (1) complies with ethical guidelines and (2) provides accurate depictions of counseling in practice. During this worshop, attendees will learn how to ethically engage with the media, decide whether or not to accept media interviews, and understand the intersection of ethics codes and the media (namely confidentiality, competence, and cultural awareness). Attendees in this workshop will be given the opportunity to practice writing digital media posts. Attendees will gain insight and inspiration from the presenters and other attendees to share their ideas and help the public learn more about mental health. All levels and disciplines of practitioners are welcome and will benefit from attending this workshop.
1. Define common ethics codes utilized in the profession (ACA, 2014; AMHCA, 2020).
2. Understand the purpose and application of ethical decision-making models (Forester Miller & Davis, 2016; Wheeler & Bartram, 2015).
3. Understand ethics codes as they relate to participating in media (ACA, 2014; AMHCA, 2020).
4. Examine the different ways sociopolitical, cultural, and individual factors impact people in the media (Mastro, et al., 2012; Hu & Jane, 2018; Kaufman & Wolf, 2010; Kuznick, et. al, 2008; Sanderson, et. al. 2016) and learn ways to express culturally competent commentary (Sue & Sue, 2015).
5. Identify common ways people in our profession participate in the media including assessing newsworthiness (Strombak, Karlsson, & Hopmann, 2012), preparing ethical public statements (AASP, 2011; ACA, 2014; APA, 2017), and preparing digital and television interviews.
6. Practice and develop strategies for creating ethical media content that can be utilized in the future including live interviews, taped interviews, social media, and blog posts.
Workshop 1 - Engaged and Ethical Media Interactions for Counselors Part One: Ethics Codes, Decision Making Models, Blogging, and Press Releases
Description: During this interactive workshop, attendees will review ACA (2014) and AMHCA (2020) ethics codes with a focus on codes related to media interactions, learn ethical decision-making models, understand how to outline blogs related to mental health, and how to write press releases. During the second thirty minutes of this workshop, participants will move into digital breakout rooms to practice writing media content in smaller groups. The workshop will conclude with the larger group together to share creative ideas that help others share their messages through professionalism and ethical representation of the counseling profession.
Workshop 2: Engaged and Ethical Media Interactions for Counselors Part Two: Ethics Codes, Social Media, Media Interviews, and White Papers
Description: During this interactive workshop, attendees will review ACA (2014) and AMHCA (2020) ethics codes with a focus on codes related to media interactions, learn about social media presence and media interviews, and learn how to write white papers. During the second thirty minutes of this workshop, participants will move into digital breakout rooms to practice writing social media content and white papers and will dive deep into media interviews. The workshop will conclude with the larger group together to share creative ideas that help others share their messages through professionalism and ethical representation of the counseling profession.
Example posts to inspire member participation in ethics workshops:
New ABC Show Shows Promise in Discussing Mental Health
The Opera Reflections: Modern Aging and the Unique Role of TechnologyUnderstanding "Joker" through the Lens of a Trauma Therapist
White Paper Understanding Suicide Prevention
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