Dr. John Yasenchack, Ph.D.
New Hampshire Mental Health
Counselors Association Presents
Summer Workshop and Annual Meeting
Dr. John Yasenchak, Ph.D.
Friday, June 8, 2018
245 Hooksett Road
Manchester, NH 03104
John Yasenchak, Ed.D., LCPC, is Associate Professor in the Graduate Counseling and Human Relations
Program, Husson University, Bangor Maine. He is also a Maine licensed clinical counselor, licensed
substance abuse counselor, and certified clinical supervisor. For twenty years John served as clinical supervisor for the Penobscot Indian Nation Counseling Services and was adjunct assistant professor in counselor education at the University of Maine. In addition to his doctorate in counselor education, John also holds an MA in philosophy from Fordham University. He is Past- President of the Maine Counseling Association and Past-Chair for the North Atlantic Region of the American Counseling Association. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Counseling and Values. John taught philosophical ethics for several years at Loyola University, Baltimore. His interest in digital ethics began after a “critical experience” that led him to develop and teach a course at the University of Maine. He subsequently has presented on the topic many times for professional organizations and agencies.
Technology offers us dazzling new ways to gather, communicate and utilize information. Digital
connoisseurs of technology may rush toward the latest modality as some rush to get the newest smartphone. Subsequently, technology sometimes runs ahead of ethical reflection. This workshop will provide an opportunity for us to slow down for a day and talk about ethical considerations regarding the theory and practice of technology-assisted counseling. Beginning with an exploration of personhood in the current technological era, we will examine evolving digital ethics guided by our recently developed professional codes. Together we will reflect upon the benefits and risks related to technology-assisted counseling. We will look at issues that pre-dispose us to misunderstandings and digital boundary crossings. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the basic elements of a digital informed consent document. We will look at issues related to the safe and ethical delivery of services. And in regard to the ever-changing understanding of privacy, we will examine questions related to “Googling” clients, SMS technology (texting), and the enlightened use of email. Note: This workshop is
focused on professional counseling ethics. You will not need a computer science degree to participate!
1. Participants will refresh and renew their understanding of our professions ethical codes regarding technology-assisted counseling and digital ethics.
2. Participants will understand and practice the elements of informed consent in a digital world.
3. Participants will be able to identify some precursors regarding boundary crossings and dual-role relationships in digital practice.
4. Participants will be better able to make ethical decisions related to the use of Google, MS technology, Email, and other modes of provision.
For questions email Sarah Revels, LCMHC at ProfessionalDevelopment@nhmhca.org
Registrations should be received two weeks before the date of the workshop. Seating is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
Please give notice of ADA requirements two weeks prior to the event.
Cancelations received in writing two weeks prior to the event will receive a full refund.
For guests wishing to register less than two weeks prior to the event, registration is available at our website via Paypal, and walk ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is a 6 credit CE presentation to all
licensed NH mental health providers.
New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2067. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.