In response to the COVID-19 national health emergency, many organizations and private practices are switching, however temporarily, to the use of telehealth as a primary means of delivering behavioral health services. For many practitioners, the current challenge is to provide ethically sound, legally compliant, and clinically effective interventions at a distance. This course incorporates legal, ethical, clinical, and technical information focused on LCSWs and LMFTs who are implementing telehealth services in clinical practice, including online psychotherapy. The course is also appropriate for practitioners who are setting administrative policies and procedures for providing telehealth services (telemental health services) through an agency or organization. Information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic are also provided.
This course is designed for California LCSWs and LMFTs looking for detailed information regarding legal, ethical, clinical, and technological standards and guidelines for providing telehealth services, including online psychotherapy. The course is also appropriate for practitioners who are developing administrative policies and procedures to implement telehealth services within an agency. This course meets the ongoing California license renewal requirement of six hours of law and ethics training.
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to do the following:
- Identify common terminology and core technical concepts related to providing telehealth services, including online therapy.
- Identify legal, ethical, and professional standards related to providing telehealth services, including special issues related to competence, informed consent, and confidentiality.
- Identify potential risks and benefits associated with providing telehealth services.
- Identify potential clinical consequences of utilizing telehealth.
- Identify primary and key technological standards for telehealth practice.
- Identify special challenges for the behavioral health professions that require further study.