At one of our very first training courses, we discussed the fact that none of those terms clearly indicate whether a session has been delivered when the client and clinician are indeed located in the same room or if they are in different locations.
- "Face-to-Face" - when conducting a telemental health session by video meeting, the participants are able to see each other's face, so they are indeed Face-to-Face
- "On-Site" - both participants in a telemental health session are located at their respective site of service, so they are each On-Site
- "In-Person" - neither participant in a telemental health session is "out-of-person", as they are individually "In-Person"
- "In-Office" - the clinician is more than likely in their office while conducting a telemental health session, and the client may also be located in a space considered to be an office, so one or both are indeed "In-Office"
After our discussion at that early training session, we all agreed that the term "Same-Location Session" is much clearer to describe a session when both participants are in fact, in the same location at the same time.