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TBHI is delighted to announce that Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) Policy and Practice Director, Laura W. Groshong, AM, LICSW, is joining Marlene Maheu, PhD in Telebehavioral Health Institute’s (TBHI’s) “Is Text Therapy Goof For Your Practice? Telehealth Legal/Ethical Requirements” to describe text therapy and competencies for legal and ethical mandates.

text therapyAbout the Guest Speaker

Laura W. Groshong, AM, LICSW, Clinical Social Work Association Policy and Practice Director, Author, Clinical Social Work Practice and Regulation: An Overview; Politics in the Consulting Room: Hate in the Countertransference Revisited, numerous articles, and webinars. Private practice, Seattle, WA.



text therapyAbout the TBHI Faculty

Dr. Maheu has been an industry leader in telebehavioral health since 1994. With four textbooks, dozens of book chapters and journal articles to her name, as well as having educated more than 25,000 clinicians, she is in a unique position to guide you or your organization in finding a maximally profitable niche in this rapidly expanding market. She has given more than 400 professional presentations and is a master at quickly and accurately answering your questions with clear, actionable, evidence-based suggestions.

Text Therapy Online Training

Not surprisingly, behavioral clinicians are finding that patients and clients are increasingly asking for text therapy. Is may seem easy enough to use, but many professionals using this telehealth modality have not fully considered their legal or ethical requirements. Almost all of the national professional associationsand regulatory board members in behavioral health are concerned about the text-messaging services currently being offered online, but neither of these groups has it within their purview to take a public stand — except to support education. That type of education is offered here at the telebehavioral Health Institute.

The issues explored in this TBHI webinar include a review of the legal and ethical issues required of all licensed professionals. The program will also discuss which types of text messaging platforms allow or don’t allow clinicians to be compliant with those mandates. (For example, does your texting platform allow you to conduct a full informed consent process if you don’t communicate using another channel?

Dr. Maheu will be joined by Special Guest Laura Groshong, MA, LCSW, Director, Policy and Practice, Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) to discuss the role of associations, licensing boards, online employers as well as clinicians regarding the legal and ethical use of texting in behavioral healthcare. This program is for all licensed behavioral professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and physicians themselves. Also, a CME or CE hour available, if needed.


Event Details: Is Text Therapy Good For Your Practice? Telehealth Legal/Ethical Requirements Webinar

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  • Where: 100% Online
  • When: Wednesday, September 5th, 2pm-3pm Eastern (11am-12pm Pacific)
  • Fully recorded and available 24/7 after the event to review anytime for 6 months from registration date
  • What: Live & recorded event includes access, slides, and handout
  • Cost: $49 (includes 1-CME or CE Hour)

Learning Objectives

  • List at least four relevant ethical codes that relate to text therapy
  • List the three primary types of text messaging services
  • Intelligently discuss the scientific evidence-base related to text messaging
  • Identify at least three types of errors that diminish client/patient satisfaction with text messaging
  • List texting security suggestions and possible platforms to consider for secure texting
  • Identify the relevance of HIPAA & HITECH in relation to using smart devices for text messaging
  • Discuss professional boundaries in text messaging with clients/patients
  • Outline at least five pivotal legal issues of relevance when accepting employment from an online employer to deliver text messaging therapy as a licensed professional

text therapyThis program is for beginning and intermediate-level “telepractitioners” and “telesupervisors” wishing to deliver telemental health services in these disciplines:

  • Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Behavioral Analysts, Substance Use Professionals
  • CEOs, COOs, Administrators, Billing & Coding Staff

Webinar Includes:

  • Webinar video recording, presentation slides, and webinar handout
  • 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
  • Printable course completion certificate for your licensing board
  • Access to TBHI Community Forum to ask related questions
  • Full customer support
  • 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days!
  • This program is approved for 1 CME or CE Hour, applicable toward state requirements for Legal/Ethical Continuing Education or Continuing Medical Education. TBHI is approved by several CME or CE-approval providing groups to sponsor CME or CE Hours. Please review our provider information to confirm with your licensing board that they accept our CME or CE provider status.

Please Note: If your board requires live attendance in order to receive credit, you must complete your post-test, course evaluation and print your certificate within 24-hours of the live event.