Practicing Via Telemental Health I: An Orientation

Course Materials

The Basic Telemental Health Conundrum
Telemental Health: Modality or Medium?
Service Delivery Media and Contexts
Authorities in the TMH World
Module 1 Wrap Up
Module 2: Telemental Health Law and Ethics Basics
TMH Legal-Ethical Overview
Review of HIPAA, Tech, and Security & Privacy
Module 2 Wrap
Course Wrap Up

Practicing Via Telemental Health I: An Orientation

2 CE Hours (1 hr on legal-ethical topics.) Webinar video replay with review exercises. Self-Study Course.

Developed by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC
Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC; Liath Dalton

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In this course, we’ll get oriented to essential challenges, terminology, and the legal-ethical-professional environment of telemental health. That said, this is not just a review of the basics! The world of telemental health has been developing for decades now, and it goes well beyond simply connecting with clients over the phone or video. This course will ensure you are familiar with the landscape and are well-prepared to start navigating it.

This introductory-level course for counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and counseling and clinical psychologists will orient learners to the legal-ethical issues that arise in practicing telemental health and to complying with HIPAA Security Standards when using telemental health technology tools.

2 CE Hours (1 hr on legal-ethical topics.) Webinar video replay with review exercises. Self-Study Course.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the essential professional and legal-ethical issues that arise in practicing via telemental health
  • Describe the 2 main contexts and 5 main media for telemental health practice
  • Identify which entities provide authoritative information, standards, and rules for the learners’ telemental health practice
  • Comply with HIPAA when using telemental health technology tools

 Syllabus

  1. The essential challenge posed by the telemental health medium
  2. Telemental health: modality or medium?
  3. Service delivery media
    • Avatar
    • Textual: Email, Texting
    • Phone
    • Telehealth app
    • Videoconferencing
  4. Delivery contexts: Clinic-to-Clinic vs Direct-to-Client
    • Originating site
    • Emergency contacts vs patient care person
    • Local champions
  5. Authorities and professional associations relevant to telemental health
  6. Telemental health legal-ethical issues overview
    • Identifying the rules and standards under which you practice
    • Special informed consent needs
    • Licensure and jurisdictional issues
    • Cultural and regional competence
  7. Review of technology and privacy & security concerns
    • The HIPAA Security Rule compliance process
    • The Business Associate Rule
    • State data protection laws

Course Developer/Primary Presenter

Roy Huggins, LPC NCCRoy Huggins, LPC NCC, is a counselor in private practice who also directs Person-Centered Tech. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths, and makes it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions.

Roy is an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program where he teaches Ethics, and is a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security and clinical use of technology for Counseling licensure boards and both state and national mental health professional organizations. He has co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice. He served for 5 years on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and then the Oregon Counseling Association as the Technology Committee Chair.

He really likes this stuff.

Course Co-Presenters

Liath Dalton is a Ph.D candidate in Religious Studies. She began her academic career at Reed College and continued her graduate work at the University of Cape Town.

Liath is the Deputy Director for Person Centered Tech and runs our HIPAApropriateness review program. Through her combination of experience evaluating products for their utility and security in regards to how they can meet risk management needs and providing guidance to members around what product options will best meet their specific practice needs, Liath has an intimate knowledge of both what the practice tech needs are for mental health professionals and what it takes for a product to meet those needs.

Program Notices

Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: The contents of this program are based primarily on publications from the US Department of Health and Human Services, publications from attorneys, and on guidelines and/or ethics codes of these professional organizations: AAMFT, ACA, APA, ATA, NASW, and NBCC. Some interpretation and analysis presented is made by the presenter, in consultation with knowledgeable colleagues and expert consultants. Statements about applications to technology are according to presenter’s understanding of the technology at the time of the program. The presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every technology type or product. This program discusses strategies for complying with covered ethics codes and HIPAA, and for legally and ethically providing telemental health services. It may not include information on all applicable state laws. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in security problems, data breaches, or non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics codes.

Conflicts of Interest: None.

Commercial Support: This program has no commercial support.

All events for this program will be subject to our cancellation/refund policy and complaint policy.

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State Approvals

Pre-approved by the Texas Social Work Board (#6357) and Texas Counseling Board (#1883)

Ohio CSWMFT Pre-Approved Provider #: RCST071601

Person-Centered Tech, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0540.