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322 | International Cross-cultural Counseling: Ethical Challenges, Technological Advances, and Member Care

Ethics and Practice Management: Advocacy, Policy, and Counselor Education, Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Kenyon Knapp, Ph.D.; Angie Wheelus, Ed.D.; Chris Wheelus, PhD.; Whitni Buckles, Ph.D.; Kristy M. Ford, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU




This evidence-based group-panel workshop on International Cross-Cultural Counseling is designed for psychologists and licensed mental health professionals to learn more about the nuanced dynamics and issues related to international counseling work. Ethical and legal issues related to various cultures and laws (or lack thereof) will be reviewed, and ethical suggestions for noted issues, based on lived experience, will be offered and discussed. Advances and new opportunities provided by telemental health will be reviewed, and the panel will also discuss Pandora’s box of unintended ethical issues and challenges that have occurred due to the rise in telemental health. The panel will also discuss cross-cultural competence and the implications of all these issues for NGOs, military contractors, Third Culture Kids, and Member Care.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe common international cross-cultural issues and dynamics that psychologists and mental health professionals will likely encounter
2. Analyze ethical issues that are often experienced in cross-cultural counseling, as well as some ethical decision-making models to resolve these issues
3. Evaluate the opportunities and challenges posed by telemental health options for cross-cultural therapy
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