This TeleMental Health Webinar Series will be presented to The Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute and affiliates as three webinars on successive Wednesdays:
January 19, January 26, February 2, 9:30-11:00AM EST.
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January 19: Legal Aspects of TeleMental Health
Often clinicians hesitate to provide telemental health services due to uncertainty on the legalities of remotely providing services. This course covers the basic legal aspects of providing behavioral health services when the clinician and client are not in the same location and provides an overview of how to identify important legal information when you are potentially going to practice in a different state than the state which provided you a license to practice. The uniqueness of behavioral health services related to confidentiality is also covered in this course, along with how you can implement the guidelines and requirements of HIPAA law.
- Explain how to determine if you can legally practice telemental health and how to handle a situation in which a client is going to be outside the jurisdiction in which you are authorized to practice while requesting your clinical services.
- Define three risks to confidentiality when using technology, including a breach to protected health information
- Explain the requirements of the privacy rule and the security rule in HIPAA law, as well as the three safeguards
January 26: Ethics of TeleMental Health
Almost every behavioral health clinician uses some form of technology in providing services, or in their business operations. Every behavioral health professional association addresses the ethical use of technology. This course explains how you should implement these ethical guidelines. The codes of ethics and practice guidelines of almost every behavioral health professional association inform the content of this course, including APA, NBCC, NASW, ACA, AAMFT, and ASWB. This course touches on how to select technology that allows you to be compliant with the applicable laws and ethics for your profession. It will also cover the legal and privacy aspects of billing for services.
- Explain how to ensure you are practicing within your ethical guidelines and boundaries of competence when providing telemental health.
- Identify and explain the ethical, legal, and clinical considerations in choosing technology
- Describe three possible ethical dilemmas that can occur when providing telemental health
February 2: Clinical Skills of TeleMental Health: Best Practices
A thorough review of the clinical aspects of providing behavioral health services via video and phone sessions is critical before offering services remotely. Clinicians need a clear and documented plan for responding to emergencies both in the midst of and between sessions. You will address best practices for establishing tailored emergency management plans for each client, different locations, and modalities of communication. Learn to assess whether or not an individual is likely to be a fit for receiving behavioral health services from you or your organization depending on if they are going to receive services at your office, through video conferencing, a phone session, or via secure messaging. This program will touch on the essential ethical and clinical skills of providing video sessions and phone sessions to your clients. You will cover some of the competencies of setting up the technology, the clinical setting, preparing the client, responding to technical issues, technology options, how to effectively use technology, communication skills specifically for video conferencing and phone sessions, and documentation.
- Describe how to establish with the client an emergency management plan for each session in both a supervised and unsupervised environment and the process of responding to an emergency during a telemental health session.
- Use three criteria to assess if a prospective and/or current client is a fit for telemental health services.
- Demonstrate how to provide an effective video or phone session from start to finish.