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A Practitioner's Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice

Author: David D. Luxton, PhD, Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, and Marlene M. Maheu, PhD

Course Created: 2016

Practice Level: Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 5 hours
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Course Summary

As telecommunication technologies have become more sophisticated and affordable, they have expanded opportunities for behavioral and mental health professionals to provide quality care. Telemental health now encompasses the full range of services, including assessment, treatment delivery, psychoeducation, supervision, and consultation. Many of the skills needed for competent telepractice are the same as those provided in conventional in-office care. However, physical distance, as well as technology itself, can create challenges to safe and ethical practice. This practical guide focuses on conducting psychological services with videoconferencing as the primary platform. Whether offering telepractice as an add-on or as the primary mode of care delivery, mental health professionals will find this course an essential resource for getting started.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the history of telemental health
  • Discuss ethical issues unique to telemental health
  • Explain the benefits of telemental health
  • Discuss safety planning for telemental health

Course Syllabus

  • Concepts, Principles, and Benefits of Telemental Health
  • Overview of Telemental Health Technologies
  • Ethical, Legal, and Other Risk Management Considerations
  • Establishing a Telemental Health Practice
  • Safety Planning and Emergency Management
  • Providing Direct Clinical Care
  • Conducting Psychological Assessments During Telemental Health
  • Telesupervision and Training in Telepractice
  • Ethical Telepractice With Diverse Populations
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