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FHU Offers Free Seminar for Mental Health Professionals

Henderson, Tenn. - Aug 08, 2016

Mental health professionals are invited to a free seminar Friday, Aug. 12, from 8:30am till noon at Freed-Hardeman University. “Ethical Practice in a Digital Age” will be presented by Dr. James H. Dalton and Mrs. Lisa Beene, members of the FHU faculty.

Participants may pre-register online at or may register in person beginning at 8 a.m. in FHU’s Brown-Kopel Business Center. Attendees are eligible to receive continuing education credit as well as a $1,000 scholarship if they enroll as new graduate students at FHU in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. 

“Mental health professionals increasingly use technology within their personal and professional lives,” Dalton said. “It is integrated into the mental health profession through research, documentation, managed care and even in the provision of mental health services. This gives professionals the responsibility to consider the ethical use of technology in mental health.” Professionals should be prepared to follow ethical codes, legal requirements, and practical safeguards to ensure that clients are served in ethical ways, he added. In this seminar, Beene and Dalton will present information about what professional codes of ethics have to say about the use of technology, consider some benefits of using technology in mental health, and will discuss practical, risk-management steps clinicians can take to ensure the ethical use of technology.

Dalton, who holds a Ph.D. from Regent University, is an assistant professor of counseling at FHU. He is also a National Certified Counselor, the premier certification for the counseling profession. Beene chairs the FHU Department of Behavioral Sciences. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program of Freed-Hardeman University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 3046. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program of Freed-Hardeman University is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Participants will be able to receive 3.0 clock hours of continuing education for this program.