Out Of Court Solutions Selected To Present At National Conference

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Scottsdale firm will present information on ethical issues presented by electronic counseling and the guidance provided by existing codes and laws at the National Association of Social Workers meeting.

The Internet is both a blessing and a curse for mental health professionals

When the National Association of Social Workers convenes its annual meeting on Jan. 23, 2009, experts from Scottsdale, Arizona based Out of Court Solutions will be on hand to discuss the impact of the Internet on counseling services.

"We are honored to have been chosen by this most prestigious organization to present information on this timely and crucial topic," said Oliver Ross, director of mediation services and owner of Out of Court Solutions.

Specializing in divorce mediation, contract disputes, and family and workplace mediation, Out of Court Solutions will do more than talk about the legalities and ethics of using Internet-based services to assist with counseling. The company's experts will also guide participants in creating professional standards guidelines for Internet use.

"The Internet is both a blessing and a curse for mental health professionals," explained Ross. "This 'brave new world' has opened up a can of worms in regard to ethics and proper procedures. Mediation and counseling professionals need to stay on top of developments to properly use this technology to assist clients and maintain ethical protocol in the process. There is a fine line that separates the appropriate from the inappropriate. It is our goal to help participants recognize the line so they don't cross it and jeopardize their ethical standing in the process."

Out of Court Solutions was selected to present this topic at the conference because of the unique backgrounds its professionals represent. With their expertise in law and psychology, Oliver Ross, JD, PhD, and Mara Linder, JD, MA, will bring attendees up to speed on the latest information about and laws relating to e-mail, text messaging and Web sites.

"As use of Internet technology continues to expand in every field imaginable, social workers, divorce mediation specialists and mental health professionals are running into a number of new and challenging ethical questions about their use of these services," Ross said. "Seminar participants will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the ethical issues presented by electronic counseling and also learn about existing codes and laws that govern use in professional practice."

Ross and Linder will guide participants through this potentially treacherous ground by initiating interactive discussions and group exercises. Participants will also work together to devise advanced guidelines and formats for the ethical delivery of electronic counseling.

To learn more about Out of Court Solutions' January presentation or about divorce attorney Scottsdale area services, visit the company's Web site at http://www.outofcourtsolutions.com or contact Ross at (602) 404-1500.

About Out of Court Solutions
Founded in 1995, Scottsdale, Arizona-based Out of Court Solutions is dedicated to assisting divorcing couples in resolving differences as quickly, inexpensively and as stress-free as possible. The firm also lends its expertise to mediate workplace and business disputes. The Out of Court Solutions team includes professionals with legal, business and psychology backgrounds. Dr. Ross has personally mediated more than 1,200 divorce, contract, workplace and family disputes since the company's founding.


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