June 28 – Telemental Health


Tele-Mental Health Symposium: Laws, Ethics, Technology and Practice Implications for Therapists


Workshop Information

Date: Friday, June 28, 2019  Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost:     $149 early registration through June 21

$165 late registration after June 21

$130 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Richard Bloch, JD and Christina Law, LCSW-C

CEU Credits: 3 Ethics and 3 Standard (6 total) Category I Maryland and DC Social Work CEUs**

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Course Highlights

  • A must attend training for clinicians interested in conducting online therapy

  • Workshop will cover what therapists need to know before they “go live”

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of providing online therapy



Presenter Bios

Richard Bloch is President and Senior Attorney at Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A.   Mr. Bloch has been in the private practice of law in Baltimore, Maryland since 1972. He received his B.A. from The George Washington University in 1968, and his J.D. from The University of Maryland, School of Law in 1972. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice focuses on health law, general business matters, trade association law, estate planning and administration and civil litigation. He also represents health practitioners before the Maryland Health Occupation Boards of Examiners, including Psychologists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors and Physicians. Mr. Bloch has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979, He writes and lectures regularly on the legal and ethical issues relating to the practice of psychology and the mental health professions. He is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Baltimore County Bar Association.


Christina Law has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years providing services to families, individuals, and couples.  An extensive portion of her service has been working with children and families in the foster care system.  She has experience providing individual, family, and couples counseling to heterosexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender client.    She has treated those suffering from sex addiction and provided treatment to sex offenders.  She has worked with individuals in therapeutic residential settings and diverse populations.   She has been utilizing tele-therapy services for the past 3 years to better serve clients who lack adequate transportation, live in distant areas within the state, or have difficulty leaving their homes.


Workshop Description

Advances in technology have created new opportunities for mental health professionals to provide services outside of the traditional therapy office. More importantly, this new technology has created a way for therapists to provide quality mental health treatment to a wider range of individuals who may not otherwise have received treatment. While there are a lot of benefits to providing tele-therapy, with these new opportunities comes unique legal, ethical and clinical implications that the therapist must consider before they provide telehealth services.

This informative symposium will provide therapists with a unique opportunity to learn from two telemental health experts to gain a greater understanding of the unique benefits and challenges of providing telehealth services.  Furthermore, they will answer many common questions therapists have about this kind of practice.

The workshop will begin with a discussion of the various legal and ethical aspects of electronic communications and telehealth sessions with clients.  The use of social media, and the impact of modern technology on clinical practice will also be covered. There will be analyses of the legal and ethical issues impacting the use of email, Skype, Facetime, Facebook, blogs, telephone, and communicating with clients out of state. We will look at how the role of the therapist changes, boundary issues, informed consent, and the potential legal risks associated with electronic/telehealth therapeutic communication with clients.

The afternoon portion of this workshop will focus on the clinical aspects of how to get started with tele-mental health services. We will look at different technology platforms for conducting online therapy and review pros and cons of each. Clinical implications for conducting online therapy as well as common pitfalls to avoid.

Therapists will leave this workshop with the knowledge and confidence to begin conducting tele mental health services.


Workshop Objectives

1. Recognizing when non-office communication is appropriate

2. Obtaining Informed Consent for non-office/electronic communication

3. Understanding the boundaries of the use of social media

4. Recognizing and avoiding practicing in a jurisdiction without a license

5. Understanding the risks associated with electronic communication

6. Understanding whether a psychologist should have access to a client’s social media

7. Recognizing the need for referral of a client who will be out of state

8. Understanding the implications of electronic record keeping and storage

9.  Discover how to start your online practice

10. Learn about new technologies to address our practice needs

11. Review and compare tele-therapy platforms

12.  Address clinical implications and how to avoid pitfalls


Workshop Agenda


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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **