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Online Course Evaluation – How it works:

We are trying a new process for course evaluations using our online course system. We hope this will ultimately provide a smoother experience for you by allowing you to access your certificate immediately after completing the course evaluation. Here is how it works:

After the live meeting ends, you will receive an email with an evaluation access code.

  1. Log into this online course
  2. Under Course Content, click “Step 1: Access Evaluation” and follow the instructions to enter the code.
  3. After you enter the code, you will be able to continue to the next step of the course and complete the evaluation.
  4. After you submit the evaluation, click Mark Complete and you will be able to download or print your certificate. The certificate will also be emailed to you as a PDF.

Course description:

What-a-bot-us?” An Update on AI, Ethics, and the Idea of Robotic Counselors | July 27 and 29 | 8:30 to 11:45 AM | 6 Contact Hours

After “conversing” with the Google AI chatbot, LaMDA,  an engineer recently claimed that the entity may, in fact, be sentient. This claim raised a storm of commentary in the media and literature. And it raises the question: How will such claims arising from the evolution of Artificial Intelligence impact ethical practice in the helping professions? Language entities like LaMDA, machines that can diagnose and even treat with more accuracy than a “human,” robots that flip burgers in fast-food restaurants, and bots that, as some believe, will be able to demonstrate empathy – how will all of this impact us in our service professions?

This two-part workshop will follow up on the question, “What-A-Bot Us?  Significant underlying questions that shape evolving theory are, “What do we mean by Intelligence?” and “What do we mean by Artificial?”  But most importantly for us in the helping professions, “What does it mean to be a Person?” and “Who is driving the bus?”

In part one, we will discuss the evolution of digital ethics in our profession and review traditional ethical principles as they apply to this issue.  We will also examine assumptions that we take for granted as well as our relationship with technology. In part two, we will address the impact of a post-humanistic philosophy that drives the development of technology and that may unwittingly be driving our understanding of personhood and the therapeutic relationship.  Bring your thinking caps as we take a peek at this bewildering new world.