101968: Telehealth

Ethical and Legal practice for Mental Health Professionals

About the Course:

This very readable and thought-provoking course is the result of extensive research into expert opinion, government documentation, current studies, and current practices by practicing therapists on the cutting edge of telehealth. The rapid expansion and innovation of telehealth in the mental health field reflects the pervasiveness of computer and telecommunications technology in our lives. This is creating important opportunities for improved services and access. At the same time, telehealth practices and technologies pose substantial legal and ethical challenges.

This course provides a solid understanding of current telehealth media. It also familiarizes the participant with media their clients may be using. The course covers all ethical and legal areas being affected by telehealth. Including safety, privacy, working across state lines, government access to records, encryption, contraindications, benefits, motives for telehealth practices, and much more. The participant will have practical, defensible guidelines for ethical and legal telehealth practice. The participant will be linked to an extensive, categorized, annotated list of resources that is maintained by the author.

The course includes a sample form: Private Practice Policies for Tele-Mental Health in a generic fill-in-the-blank format plus suggestions for customizing it to your practice.

Please Note: This course is only available as an e-book

Publication Date:

Edition 1, 2012

Author

Robert A. Yourell

About the Author:

Robert A. Yourell has experience with online education, psychotherapy, virtual communities, online presentations, and professional roles requiring corporate HIPAA compliance. He has provided clinical direct care and roles in the mental health field for over 30 years.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about ethical and legal practices for mental health professionals as it relates to telehealth. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain how telehealth, including the media (such as video conferencing) is used in mental health counseling.

  2. Explain how telehealth is used in clinical work today and how research is confirming its value.

  3. Identify the legal and ethical issues and what actions to take for legal and ethical practice in telehealth.

  4. Discuss detailed information on special topics such as informed consent and federal HIPAA regulations.

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