12 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $119.00
Co-Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D. and Roy Huggins, LPC NCC
Course fulfills the California and other states' ethics and law requirements. Course may qualify for insurance discount. Check with your insurer.
This course is offered as part of a TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics Certificate Program of 26 CE Credits.
This course includes materials consisting of:
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General Course Description
Telehealth, TeleMental Health, E-Counseling or E-Therapy may encompass the practices of not only those providing video or phone therapy, but also the use of emails, chats, or texts with clients. Many therapists came of age and trained before the era of widespread technology – and many more, who trained in the digital era, simply did not receive instruction in the areas of legal, ethical, and clinical aspects of telemental health. Indeed, these areas are continually developing. This course brings the most current information from telemental health experts in the wide and varied areas of telemental health and related ethical, technological, practice, and other considerations.
The research basis for telemental health indicates that it is extremely effective. The US government, and most private payers, aren't holding back on expanding telemental health services as much as they can!
This introductory level course includes 13 engaging and informative video interviews and 1 audio interview, as well as several articles. The eight sections of the course will take you through orientation to telemental health practice; basic legal-ethical issues; presenting effectively over video; HIPAA issues specific to online work; client crisis protocols and assessing clients for appropriateness for the medium; technical failure plans; email and texting with clients; the online disinhibition effect and how you can use it to enhance therapy; working with couples, families and groups by video; how to conduct online therapy sessions according to professional standards; and how to start and expand a successful telemental health practice. The course also includes a comprehensive resources list for more information.
Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope.
This course will teach psychotherapists to:
1. Describe the historical and contemporary context of telemental health standards development.
2. Practice telemental health in accordance with relevant laws, regulations and ethics codes.
3. Assess one's own competencies for conducting telemental health.
4. Determine if it is legal to work with a client in their location at the time of service.
5. Present on video in a clinically and technologically effective manner.
6. Comply with HIPAA when adding new telemental health technology tools to one's practice.
7. Create protocols for safely managing telemental health client crises and technology failures.
8. Choose email and texting technology that is appropriate for professional practice.
9. Utilize the unique advantages of telemental health, such as leveraging online disinhibition effect and asynchronous interventions, for clinical effectiveness.
10. escribe basic issues in performing couples, family, and group therapy by telemental health.
11. DChoose appropriate tools for telemental health practice.
12. Establish and maintain a telemental health practice that is legal, ethical, and effective.