603 – Texting and Behavioral Health Course Basic Dos & Don’ts
3 CE Hours Available * This course qualifies for Legal & Ethical CE Hours.
This training course is offered 24/7, available complete at your own pace (anytime within 6 months from registration date)
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)
Text messaging is the communication of choice for Generation Y, those born between the late seventies and the late nineties, many of whom regard phone conversations and email as obsolete and old-fashioned modes of communication.
In fact, the popularity of texting amongst all cell phone users has increased dramatically in just a few years. However, the importance of text messaging (SMS) and the risks it brings should not be taken casually by psychotherapists. As with any other conversation a counselor may have with a client, safeguards must be in place to properly record and document the texts produced during a patient’s treatment. Despite many therapists’ reluctance to text with patients, consumer demand for the efficiency of text messaging may outweigh its disadvantages.
This course will cover how to think about text messaging, some clinical issues related to text messaging and the legal as well as ethical requirements we face when we choose to use text messaging with mental health consumers. Encryption, security, downloading messages to one’s computer and specific technologies that can be used for these functions will all be covered. Three real-life stories about how to use or not use text messaging and cell phones will bring this issue to life in a way that makes it relevant to the everyday practitioner.
Course Details: 603 – Texting and Behavioral Health Course Basic Dos & Don’ts
Where: 100% Online
When: Available 24/7 to review anytime for 6 months from registration date
Outline 5 risks to text messaging and how to remedy them
Name 1 law that is relevant to text messaging
Identify one way clients and patients may feel betrayed when an unwitting professional uses text messaging for professional interventions
Intelligently discuss how a professional might handle data storage and retrieval challenges with text messaging
Outline where to seek guidance for how to best use text messaging within a professional relationship
Explain how encryption is relevant to text messaging and how to get one’s cell phone encrypted
Dr. Maheu has been a leader in telemental health since 1994. With four textbooks, dozens of book chapters and journal articles to her name, as well as having educated more than 15,000 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 is a master at getting to the point and answering your questions with clear, actionable, evidence-based suggestions that will move you to your goal both quickly and accurately.
Dr. Pulier has been a Board Certified psychiatrist since the early 1970s and has worked as a clinician, researcher, administrator and teacher. He was the Medical Psychiatric Director for a multi-state managed care division of PruCare and co-founded and co-directed a private multidisciplinary mental health clinic tailored for managed care needs. He designed and constructed a novel affordable computer-controlled all-electronic tachistoscope and served as PhD thesis adviser for a Fairleigh Dickenson University graduate student using this instrument to investigate backward masking phenomena in schizophrenia.
Joseph P. McMenamin, MD JD is a physician-turned-lawyer who assists telehealth practitioners to recognize and diminish legal risks.
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Ability to take your post-test and course evaluation online
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