New Ethical Dilemmas: Developing Professional Competency in the Digital Age
Every Wednesday, April 14 – May 26, 2021
12:00 – 1:30 pm Mountain / 1:00 – 2:30 pm Central


With the sudden onset of COVID-19, the use of technology and social media networking sites by behavioral health professionals and peer support specialists for personal and professional purposes has increased. As such, ethical and practice issues like self-disclosure in postings, unintentional boundary crossings and violations, privacy and security problems reflect just some of the new dilemmas clinicians and peer support specialists may  encounter. Adding to the problem is the lack of definitive guidance from existing professional/peer standards and ethical codes until recently.

This 7-week, in-depth, online learning series will address common ethical dilemmas behavioral health and peer support specialists face related to the use of technology, social networking sites, and web-based search engines. Case scenarios, group discussion questions related to videos, practice sessions, and other learning activities will be used to highlight these dilemmas and encourage discussions among participants related to:

  1. Ethics, competency, and the use of technology in the time of COVID-19
  2. Digital styles related to Digital Novice vs. Digital Pro
  3. HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 considerations for texting, email, and videoconferencing
  4. Use of social networking sites and potential ethical pitfalls
  5. Employer/employee issues with technology (social media policies)
  6. Applying ethical decision-making models with ethical dilemmas

This online learning series will provide 15 hours of instruction, learning activities, and self-study as well as interactive discussions/activities, videos, feedback, and articles.

Professionals in Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders, and Peer Recovery Support located in the Mountain Plains ATTC Region (HHS Region 8).

  • Attend 1-hour online Orientation
  • Commit to 6-weeks of live online training for 1.5 hours weekly
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize videoconferencing platform (internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers, and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage during scheduled series time


The first 40 registrants will receive a Mountain Plains ATTC waiver that covers the $300 cost to participate. Once the 40 spots have been filled, registration will be closed. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full requirements, please defer this opportunity to others.


  • Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC
  • Gary Wareham, MA, LPC, LAC


Please email the MPATTC Staff at or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free)


CONTINUING EDUCATION: The series has been approved for a total of 16 contact hours (15-hours content instruction and 1-hour Orientation) through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492. No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance. 

CASAT/MPATTC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6492. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CASAT/MPATTC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

An EPL is an online interactive training and consultation series designed to encourage workplace learning.  EPLs use current technologies and instructional/consultation activities to provide real-time skill-based learning and practice through group and self-study activities, reading assignments, and discussions.  The main goal of an EPL is to build a community of practice where all participants actively engage with other professionals  and consultants.
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