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


  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

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