Ethics Code/Disclaimer

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Mental Health After Hours Ethics Code

WE PLEDGE:


1. To
understand the uses and limits of online care, and to advise potential clients about them in accordance with current research and practice.
(b) To inform potential clients of any relevant research and available data about online therapy, including the potential effectiveness or limits for a specific problem.

2. To inform potential clients that online care may be insufficient for clients in crisis or life-threatening situations. We agree to provide alternative resources for clients that are not suitable for online learning.


3. To verify the client's identity to the extent possible and establish some means, other than e-mail, of communicating both with clients and emergency contacts.


4. To provide professional care only to those clients who reside in the province in which the practitioners are licensed or certified. Online clinicians explain the limits of out-of-province practice and lack of insurance coverage in such cases to clients who must always sign an Informed Consent form.


5. To be aware of, and advise clients of, the potential risks to confidentiality in regard to Internet transmissions.


6. To provide care only through "secure" web sites, using current protective procedures.

7. To advise potential clients of the current limitations of online care with regard to third-party involvement, payments or reimbursement for online professional services.


8. To provide links to information web sites of those bodies that license, certify or supervise the practitioner, and to whom clients have recourse in case a dispute arises.

9. To safeguard the privacy of client records using standard office procedures, e.g., of such level and detail as are required and kept in the non-virtual office.


10. To seek technical consultation, or other means of understanding technical issues, prior to providing online professional services.