Distance Counseling Best Practices: Do’s and Don’ts — March 6, 2015, San Diego WORKSHOP

CALPCCDo you have the evidence based clinical, legal, ethical and technology facts you need?

This continuing education course will help you understand the legal and ethical best practices related to SKYPE, Facebook, Blogging, Google, videoconference, practicing over state lines, informed consent, HIPPA, contracting with payers, billing codes, and choosing HIPPA-compliant vendors. You will glimpse the far reaching and exciting new horizons that await the cautious but forward-thinking LPCC, LMFT or Psychologist.

This CE course will:

  • Describe a practical, proven roadmap to a successful distance counseling service that is in full compliance with all legal and ethical requirements, even over state lines
  • Show you where to get an easy-to-access, easy-to understand distillation of more than 1000 evidence-based articles, book and government document in support of distance counseling and other technologies
  • Give you practical, how-to-get-started strategies to save you time, money and effort
  • Help you reach new clients while decreasing your office overhead by using a PC, laptop or mobile device to deliver your services
  • Provide you with 6 CE Hours that Qualify for legal and Ethical Licensing Requirements

Learning Objectives

  • Identify two ACA ethical standards related to distance counseling
  • Describe how to develop a legal and ethical service over state lines with video-conferencing
  • Outline at least two reasons that Skype has been identified as inappropriate for behavioral care by NASW and APA
  • Be able to name alternatives web sources to HIPAA-compliant alternatives to Skype
  • Explain why a standard informed consent document is inadequate for distance counseling and learn what to put into a distance counseling form
  • Name at least one issue to discuss in the informed consent document related to these topics: email, text-messaging and use of social media
  • Describe at least two multicultural issues of relevance to distance counseling
  • Name at least three steps to managing risk associated with mandated reporting, suicide and homicide
  • Describe the “opening protocol” to start all distance counseling sessions that will assure compliance with all state legal codes for licensing and reimbursement
  • List at least five evidence-based models for successful distance counseling practice

Marlene Maheu and the TeleMental Health Institute is one of five providers of training for the Distance Counselor Credential (DCC). The DCC is administered through the Certification Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), an affiliate of the NBCC. Attendees at this workshop will receive a $120 credit toward an online course to meet training requirements needed to apply for the Distance Counseling Credential. You must be a licensed counselor or other mental health professional to apply for the DCC.

Bio: Consultant, trainer, author and researcher, Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. where she has overseen the delivery of professional training in telemental health to more than 5,000 professionals in 39 countries.

For more than twenty years, Marlene’s focus has been on the legal and ethical development and use of technologies to better service behavioral health clients. She has served on a dozen professional association committees, task forces and work groups including the ACA “Cyber Counseling” Committee. She has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and is the author of four telehealth textbooks. She is a staunch advocate for technology to reach more people, reduce healthcare costs, and improve the quality of care through self-help, wireless technologies, robotics, distance counseling and telesupervision.

This workshop will be held in San Diego on March 6, 2015. Attend the conference and bring your family to beautiful San Diego for a memorable weekend experience that could change your life!


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2 comments on “Distance Counseling Best Practices: Do’s and Don’ts — March 6, 2015, San Diego WORKSHOP

  1. As a Counselor, LCPC I am interested in up coming CEU counselor trainings for providing online or skype training to mental health clients. Thank you Dan Marsh

    • Dan,

      You may want to look at a few possibilities:

      1. Online: http://www.telehealth.org/dcc – we offer a full DCC training online. In fact, we have two programs from which to choose: BASIC which is primarily for clinicians who work in agencies or other organized settings and 2. ADVANCED for clinicians who are small group or independent practitioners.

      2. CALPCC is offering an in-person workshop for counselors in San Diego California this coming weekend, on March 6. See this page for details. I’ll be giving a full day workshop on Friday and the keynote on Saturday. San Diego is enjoying splendid weather these days, too!

      3. I’ll also be giving a full day workshop in Orlando at the ACA convention the following week, on March 11. See my speaking calendar here.

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