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In-Home Therapy, Home Visits, or Home-Based Therapy

3 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $29.00

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

Course fulfills, fully or in part, the Ethics & Law requirements for psychologists in CA and for psychologists, social workers, counselors, and addiction counselors in other states. Verify requirements with your state board.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles    audio Audios

Transcripts are available for ALL MP3s in pdf format.

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General Course Description

This introductory 3 CE course covers the growing practice of home-based, home-visit or in-home psychotherapy, an alternative psychotherapy that is increasingly covered by third party insurers, including Medicare. Participants will learn the unique advantages and potential pitfalls.

Articles and podcast interviews, including an interview with one of the home-based or home visit therapy pioneers, Annette Conway, cover its uses and unique advantages.

The course discusses such critical issues as boundaries, therapist safety, maintaining confidentiality, and the broader role of the home-based therapy practitioner as contrasted to the in-office therapist. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Define home-based therapy.

2.    Differentiate between home-based and office-based therapy.

3.    Distinguish which clients and situations are suitable for home-based therapy.

Course Syllabus

Definition of home-based therapy

Specific populations best suited for home-based therapy

Special considerations when conducting home-based therapy

  • Confidentiality
  • Therapist safety
  • Boundary issues
  • Role
  • Space
  • Time
  • Self-Disclosure
  • Gifts
  • Food
  • Interferences

Home-based therapy with geriatric populations

  • Third party reimbursements
  • Collaboration with health professionals
  • Therapy with family as well as primary patient

The research on home-based therapy

  • Effectiveness
  • Special populations
  • Working with multi-problem families
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