June 7 – Telemental Health


Telemental Health: Ethics, Technology, and Best Practices


Workshop Information

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018  NEW DATE: Thurs, June 7, 2018– Sign-In: 9:30am – Workshop: 9:45am-4:45pm

Location: King’s Contrivance Community Center – Amherst House: 7251 Eden Brook Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

Cost:     $129 early registration through May 31

$145 late registration after May 31

$115 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Dawn Hobdy, LICSW

CEU Credits: 6 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 ETHICS CEUs**

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Presenter Bio

Dawn Hobdy, LICSW is Director of the Office of Ethics and Professional Review at the National Association of Social Workers. Ms. Hobdy provides leadership and oversight for the overall vision and structure of the nationwide ethics and professional review program. Ms. Hobdy has 21 years of experience developing ethics courses and conducting trainings. She presents at numerous conferences annually, both nationally and internationally. Ms. Hobdy served on various task forces including the ASWB International Technology Task Force, the NASW & ASWB Technology Standards Task Force, and the NASW Code of Ethics Revisions Task Force. She currently serves as the Commissioner for the IFSW Ethics Review Committee.


Workshop Description

The past two decades have witnessed an immense expansion of the use of technology in health care delivery. Today’s use of technology has changed the way mental health providers serve clients and offers a range of benefits to patients, families, providers and agencies. One technology that has significantly enhanced the provision of services is telemental health (TMH). Telemental health is a form of telehealth that incorporates the use technology to provide virtual mental health services.

Telemental health opens a wide range of options for practitioners in a variety of settings.  Furthermore, it can allow clinicians to expand their practice and serve more clients often without leaving home.  It can also benefit clients who otherwise would not be able to access services an opportunity to receive the support needed in a safe, private and convenient manner.

With the great advancements of these technologies come many new ethical considerations. Addressing issues such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, conflicts of interests and access to records has taken on a new meaning with the use of technology. The National Association of Social Workers has developed new ethical standards to address the ethical issues raised with the use of technology in the provision of services.

In this workshop, we will discuss the history and current practice of tele mental health services, the common technology platforms clinicians are using to conduct these services and explore the new ethical considerations associated with the use of technology. This workshop will prepare mental health professionals with the tools necessary to practice with competence, innovation and high ethical standards.


Workshop Objectives

1.  Review the history of telemental health

2. Explore the modes of care delivery and the clinical uses of TMH

3. Discover advancements in telemental health including technology platforms being used to conduct telemental health practice

4. Discuss ethical considerations and implications for telemental health practice

5. Learn effective tools for making the best ethical decisions when using  technology to conduct mental health services


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. **