TBHI Faculty to Present Telehealth Training at APA 2019 Convention

TBHI Faculty to Provide Telehealth Training for the APA 2019 Convention

The American Psychological Association (APA) will be conducting the APA 2019 convention on August 8-11, Thursday to Sunday, at Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Marlene Maheu of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI) Faculty will be participating in two sessions at the APA convention.

Dr. Maheu will participate in the Session entitled, Practicing at the Cutting Edge—Telepsychology Trends, Issues, and Essential Competencies on August 8 and another Session entitled, Enhancing Care Through Mobile Devices and Health Care Apps on August 10.


I. Practicing at the Cutting Edge—Telepsychology Trends, Issues, and Essential Competencies

Dr. Maheu will be presenting the Telepsychological Assessment: Key Issues and Controversies during this CE Session at APA 2019. 

Uninformed assessment professionals have been avoiding telepsychology as if it is illegal or unethical. On the other hand, some are unwittingly flocking to clients/patients through their own websites, or offering their services through Internet-based provider networks who directly link to consumers. Both positions can harm those to entrust licensed professionals with their care.

This program will serve as a quick overview of telebehavioral health research related to psychological assessment. The recently published telebehavioral health competencies related to assessment will be outlined. The program will provide a critical analysis of selected published studies related to psychological assessment through technology, including some of the cutting-edge models that exist for technology-based assessment of previously taboo topics such as assessment of dementia and other neuropsychological disorders through video conferencing. The key role of telepresenters will also be reviewed. A current reference list with abstracts for psychological assessment will be made available to participants. They will also be given access to more than 1,000 evidence-based references of direct relevance to telepsychology. Audience questions will be addressed at the end of the presentation.

Date: August 8, Thursday
Time: 3:00 — 3:50 PM
Location:  McCormick Place/Room W183b Level 1 — West Building

II. Enhancing Care Through Mobile Devices and Health Care Apps

Dr. Maheu will be presenting the Recommending Clinical Apps: APA Guidelines and CTIBS Competencies during this CE Session at APA 2019.

Most clinicians simply recommend apps suggested by clients or colleagues and haven’t yet considered the ethical obligation to use evidence-based evaluation criteria when using apps. They may also guess at other issues, such as how to introduce apps or other technologies, but ignore the key issues related to privacy, confidentiality, security, HIPAA compliance, and state law . They may be unaware of the interjurisdictional issues when the client travels over state lines and continues to communicate via text-messaging, an app or other technology. They may not be sensitive to the theoretical orientation of the app itself, and thereby confuse the client with recommendations that don’t fit the treatment model or plan. They may need to learn more about how to introduce an app, install it on the client’s device in a session, toggle on or off and privacy options, make sure the app has a password to protect its contents from peering eyes of family or friends,or how to include it into the treatment plan. They may need to understand issues such as the validity of the app itself rather than the validity of the theoretical approach (CBT apps are not necessarily validated); interoperability; utility; and where to look for reliable ratings and research related to using the technology with specific populations (children, teens, parenting, disabled adults, military, opioid-dependent, etc.).

Therapists also need to know about remote patient monitoring, when to use or not use, and make informed choices about buying such technology. When using more advanced systems, therapists should know which treatment models (value-based) can reasonably be shared by an integrated health team, potentially including medical professionals including nurses and physician’s assistants; a therapist; pharmacist; addictions professional; the client him or herself and perhaps family members or friends, each with different accesses.

Date: August 10, Saturday
Time: 8:00 — 9:50 AM
Location: McCormick Place/Room S103bc Level 1 — South Building

For more information about the APA Convention, visit their official website here.

About the Speaker

Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D. is the Founder and Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. She oversees the development and delivery of telemental health and telebehavioral health training and certifies clinicians from over 76 countries worldwide. Since 1994, Dr. Maheu has focused on legal and ethical risk management related to the use of technologies to better serve behavioral health clients and patients. She has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and is currently writing her fifth book in the field. She is a telehealth consultant, researcher, author, trainer, speaker, and keynoter. Dr. Maheu is an articulate, good-humored and insightful presenter, willing to pay special attention to individual audience needs and questions. Join us for this mind-expanding event – you’ll be glad you did!

telehealth trainingTBHI Faculty Speaking Calendar & Speaking Request

For more in-person and online telehealth training, view TBHI Faculty’s Speaking Calendar. You can also host a telehealth, telemental health, and telebehavioral health training with the TBHI Faculty. mastery of this content and programming/scheduling flexibility allows you to tailor any TBHI training to your specific needs, on site or off site, either with an in-person speaker or via a live, interactive webinar. For more information, click here.



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