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  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

    Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

7 Essential Telemental Health Informed Consent Strategies

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CE 1-Hour “On Demand” Training Webinar recording

Are you confused about the informed consent process for telemental health? Have the new telemental health and telepsychology guidelines left you feeling overwhelmed about how to proceed?

Join Dr. Marlene Maheu as she gives an overview of informed consent for telemental health. Learn the 7 essential points to include for risk management.

Webinar attendees will receive answers to these questions:

  • Why would simply getting a client or patient signature on an informed consent (IC) agreement leave you at undue risk?
  • How can that undue risk be easily mitigated?
  • Which 7 key points does the American Telemedicine Association and other leading associations suggest you include in your IC agreement for TMH?
  • What should you inform your client/patient about HIPAA?
  • Do you need to be concerned with the risks and benefits of various technology platforms if you have a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) from your technology vendor(s)?
  • Do you need to mention email or text messaging in your IC process?
  • What is the Direct Project and how is that relevant to safely and legally communicating with clients/patients now?
  • Is it important to mention social media in your IC process, even if you do not engage in social media?
  • Where can you find your state’s requirements for IC related to telemental health?
  • What must you do if you violate your client or patient’s privacy and what might you tell them in your IC process to prepare them for such an occurrence?
  • What might you tell your clients/patients about seeing them when they travel or move away from states where you are licensed?
  • How can you protect yourself from your client/patient popping into your virtual office from the backseat of a cab or from under a bridge?
  • How can you use the IC process to prepare for emergency intervention in the local community of your client/patient and minimize your stress during such events?
  • Where can you find reliable templates for IC agreements?

Learning Objectives

  • Name at least 5 issues addressed by the various published telemental health guidelines that can be handled most easily and efficiently through an informed consent process
  • Describe at least 3 ways in which evidence-based traditional telehealth models differ from practicing online using Skype or other VoIP-based video or audio programs
  • Intelligently discuss which if any legal or ethical codes can be circumvented or otherwise avoided
  • Name at least 3 issues that need to be covered by the informed consent process for using any telehealth equipment in your practice
  • Name at least 1 source for finding out about one’s status as a “covered entity” under HIPAA and if covered, how to discuss this issue in the informed consent process

This program is designed for:

7 Essential Telemental Health Informed Consent Strategies
  • Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Drug & Alcohol Specialists
  • Medical Professionals such as Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists
  • Psychologists, Physicians Assistants & Nurse Practitioners

Webinar includes:

  • Webinar video recording
  • Presentation slides
  • Webinar handout


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