Artificial intelligence can be a useful tool when used or deployed within certain boundaries (just like therapy!). But lately, AI has become….well, TOO intelligent. AI’s increasing capability has led to its expanding use in the mental healthcare space in the form of phone systems, bots, and chat engines that are beginning to assume roles that most argue are best assumed by a trained human provider. The struggle between increasing access to quality care while maintaining a well-regulated, safe, and ethical mental healthcare system is becoming more complex than we ever could have imagined!
In an increasingly digitalized world coupled with the post Covid-19 increase in symptoms of anxiety and depression, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being accessed at increasing rates by individuals seeking behavioral health care services. The ethical implications of these services are alarming, as therapeutic interaction with phone applications and chatbots is not regulated by mental health licensing authorities as trained human providers are. These tools were initially intended to be used as an adjunct to primary care under human providers; however, the increased demand for services outweighing access to trained providers is resulting in AI quickly becoming stand-alone care for individuals with behavioral healthcare needs. This cutting-edge and timely ethics training will provide an overview of common uses of AI in therapy, its questionable increasing role in the delivery of mental healthcare, and ethical implications as AI becomes more intelligent, and more pervasive in society.
This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:
a). Define Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it is being used with chatbots and phone applications as a primary therapist.
b). Describe two ethical considerations that apply to the use of AI outside the bounds of ethics and the regulation of mental health practice.
c). Identify two aspects of mandatory disclosure regarding clients seeking behavioral health care services and utilizing adjunct AI-driven services.
Clinical Mental Health Professionals such as Counselors, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Instructor(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS
Material Author(s): Jodi Ann Geis-Crowder, MS, LPC, ACS
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