Tele-Mental Health Symposium:
Laws, Ethics, Technology and Best Practices
Would you like to incorporate telehealth services into your practice but not sure how to get started? 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.
Date: Friday, June 26, 2020
Time: Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD
Cost: $149 early registration through June 19
$165 after June 19
$130 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more
Presenter: Richard Bloch, JD and Elicia McIntyre, LCSW-C
CEU Credits: 6 CEUs Total – 3 Ethics, 3 Standard – see below for credit details
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.
Elicia McIntyre, MSW, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of clinical experience. Elicia has a private practice in the state of Maryland treating adults via office and telephone-mental health (video) sessions. Elicia has been in Federal service for over 7 years, holding various public health positions within the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services. Prior to entering federal service, Elicia provided short term, solution focused counseling to military service members and their families through the Military Family Life Consultant Program. Elicia also wrote a consumer friendly mental health blog for the Stone Foundation. Elicia has worked as a therapist in a variety of clinical settings.
This workshop was written by the presenter. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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- Recognizing when non-office communication is appropriate
- Obtaining Informed Consent for non-office/electronic communication
- Understanding the boundaries of the use of social media
- Recognizing and avoiding practicing in a jurisdiction without a license
- Understanding the risks associated with electronic communication
- Understanding whether a psychologist should have access to a client’s social media
- Recognizing the need for referral of a client who will be out of state
- Understanding the implications of electronic record keeping and storage
- Define telehealth/tele-mental health.
- Describe the benefits/advantages of tele-mental health.
- Describe approaches for screening clients for appropriateness of tele-mental health intervention.
- Name HIPAA compliant platforms available for use.
- Identify ethical and legal considerations, including reasonable planning for safety
- Demonstrate the difference in procedures for tele-mental health clients in a clinic setting vs. private practice.
- Describe technology “tips and tools,” as well as backup methods in the event of technology failure.
- Identify components of implementation of tele-mental health in clinical practice.
- Identify strategies for marketing and introducing clients to the practice of tele-mental health.
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