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  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

    Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

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WEBINAR – Text Messaging: 12 Risk Management Considerations To Keep You Out Of Hot Water

WEBINAR - Text Messaging: 12 Risk Management Considerations To Keep You Out Of Hot Water

On-Demand Webinar
Fully recorded for your convenience.
CE 1 CE Hour Available

Nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May. Two in five adults (41%) own a cell phone that is not a smartphone, meaning that smartphone owners are now more prevalent within the overall population than owners of more basic mobile phones. Nearly every major demographic group—men and women, younger and middle-aged adults, urban and rural residents, the wealthy and the less well-off—experienced a notable uptick in smartphone penetration over the last year. Overall adoption levels are at 60% or more within several cohorts, such as college graduates, 18-35 year olds and those with an annual household income of $75,000 or more. (PEW, 2012)

This webinar will cover how to think about text messaging, several clinical issues related to text messaging and the little-known risk management issues that are crucial for safe, effective interaction. Dr. Maheu will outline 12 ways in which the following scenarios may expose you and your client or patient to undue risk, and help you think through your own practice demands to decide what to do about them:

  • You are outside of your office when your office manager calls you regarding a problem with your next scheduled appointment. You ask that the client’s phone number be sent to you in a text message, knowing that if you simply click the client’s phone number in your text message, the number will be dialed automatically. Your cell phone will thus spare you the time and effort of writing the number down first, then dialing.
  • In a session, you and your patient develop 2 key self-statements she can use when overwhelmed by the current loss of a relationship. She texts you several days later, and asks you to please text her self-statements because she forgot them.

 

Register below for quick answers to these and other text messaging scenarios.

Learning Objectives

  • List at least four relevant ethical codes that relate to text messaging
  • Intelligently discuss privacy and confidentiality of texting
  • Identify the relevance of HIPAA & HITECH in relation to smartphones
  • List texting security suggestions and possible platforms to consider for secure texting
  • Name three ways to deal with stolen cell phones or portable devices
  • Discuss boundaries and other safety tips for text messaging clients

This program is for beginning and intermediate-level “tele-practitioners” in these disciplines:

14 Essential Telemental Health Informed Consent Elements
  • Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Substance Use Professionals, and Behavioral Analysts
  • Medical Professionals such as Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists
  • Psychologists, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners & Coaches

Webinar includes:

  • Webinar video recording
  • Presentation slides
  • Access to the power and interactivity of the most cutting-edge technology available today for learning (login is required)
  • Ability to take your post-test and course evaluation online
  • Full access to the TMHI Community Forum to ask related questions
  • Webinar handout
  • Program is approved for 1 CE by the American Psychological Association. It further applies toward state requirements for Legal/Ethical CEs. (See CE Sponsorship Approvals or contact us with questions.)
  • Printable course completion certificate for your licensing board
  • Full customer support
  • 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days!

$35


This course does not currently qualify for ASWB-approved Continuing Education. Thank you for your patience as we retrofit our courses with required changes before we can offer them for ASWB-approved CE Hours. Contact us if you have questions or if you’d like us to expedite this course for ASWB approval.

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