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Ethics is the systematic application of principles that help us make decisions about “right” or “wrong” action. Ethical deliberation, however, is based upon assumptions regarding human nature. Technology is a tool that has expanded our vision of human nature.

Technological advances in artificial intelligence, algorithmic programming, apps, and robotics will not only impact our vision of human nature but will increasingly influence professional ethical deliberation. These advances are often pushed forward by historical events, such as the current pandemic. As we move through studies of intelligence, artificial intelligence, and ultimately “superintelligence”, how will our appetite for technology impact our understanding of nature and action in our helping professions? Will our ethical standards keep pace with rapidly changing social developments?

In this 2.5 hour webinar, we will briefly review the history of digital ethics standards in counseling.  We’ll look at our own relationship to technology.  But we will mostly discuss the impact of post-human technological philosophy on our professional ethics, centering on the importance of remembering to ask, “What Does It Mean to Be a Person”?


  1. Review history of current ethical standards regarding technology
  2. Discuss current trends in AI as applied to helping professions
  3. Examine their own assumptions regarding “personhood”
  4. Recognize their own relationship to technology.

How it Works

After watching a video presentation by John Yasenchek, Ed.D., LCPC, LADC, you will be required to take a short quiz. Upon receiving a grade of 80% or higher, you will be directed to a course evaluation. Once you have completed the evaluation, you will be able to download a .pdf certificate to get your course credit.


  • Video Presentation (1 hour)
  • Exit quiz requiring a score of at least 80% to earn contact hours
  • Evaluation of the training

About the Presenter

John Yasenchak, Ed.D, LCPC, LADC, John Yasenchak is currently a contributing faculty in the School of Counseling, Walden University. Previously, he served as Assistant Professor for Graduate Counseling, Husson University. Prior to that, he taught for many years in the Graduate Counselling program at the University of Maine, Orono.   Read more

Contact Hours

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 2.5 CONTACT HOURS for social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, psychologists, continuing health education specialists, and  behavioral healthcare workers.
  • 2.5 CONTACT HOURS approved by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors

Important Information

Disclosure: Neither the presenter nor the program planners (CCSME) have any commercial interest or conflict of interest to disclose.

Disclaimer: This course is intended for educational purposes only.  The views, opinions, and content expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine (CCSME).