Ethics of helping interventions in virtual environment (ChildHub webinar)

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Date of webinar: 
18 Nov 2019
Start and finish time of webinar: 
2pm CET
Lucija Vejmelka, PhD

Lucija Vejmelka, PhD holds Assistant professor position at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Works where she leads the course Social work in virtual environment. She works as Managing editor of Journal Ljetopis socijalnog rada/ Annual of social work (WOS and SOCPUS).  Primary scientific interest are in the field of: use of modern technologies, professional communication in social work, child wellbeing, qualitative research methods, scientific publication in social work.

She has published several scientific and professional papers and participated actively in a number of national and international scientific conferences and international activities as teaching at international Universities and currently she participate in two COST actions granted by European commission. She leads research project on Problematic Internet Use and Models of E-learning at Zagreb University.

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Everyday use of modern technologies brings various risks but in the same time virtual environment brings practitioners opportunity to use virtual environment for helping interventions.  Use of modern technology in professional practice is “hot” and actual topic for practitioners and the researches in many fields. In the helping profession practice the use of modern technologies is possible at several levels: use of information online systems and apps for documenting and maintaining records, as the tool for direct interventions as counseling or therapy, and in direct „face to face“ practice using various methods as for example video feedback technique.

Helping professionals should deliver the services in an effective and ethical manner to the service users through the virtual environment, which ensures the confidentiality of the data and other important issues. Online helping practices require specific ethical standards when providing virtual interventions. The ethical guidelines that will be discussed in this webinar are key to helping practice in a virtual environment, but it should be stated that the main prerequisite for providing services through a virtual environment is the digital competence of professionals. This webinar will cover different professional roles of the expert who provides interventions through online environment and will raise ethical questions that are actual and significant while working with people online.

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