* This course qualifies for Legal & Ethical CME/CE Hours.
This training course is offered 24/7, available complete at your own pace (anytime within 6 months from registration date)
Many behavioral professionals fear telehealth emergencies when working with a patient or client at the other end of their state, province or in another country. Such a response is predictably due to confusion or misinformation about legal, regulatory and ethical requirements; incorrect client/patient selection criteria; poor choices in equipment; lack of evidence-based protocols, and/or inadequate access to the local support system in the community of the patient or client. They prematurely may have offered their professional services to a vulnerable person who has entrusted them with care. In a crisis, they may realize that they are unprepared to manage not only the situation — but themselves.
Responsible telepractitioners don’t learn on the job. They take the time to prepare ahead of time, as they did for their in-person practices.
Luckily, telebehavioral health has been developing since 1959. The scientific literature and related consensus documents are filled with tried-and-true guidance for the diligent clinician. With millions of clients and patients served to date, telebehavioral health competencies, models and protocols are available to help guide the responsible clinician toward competence in handling even the most challenging of situations. Understanding this research will dispel many telepractice-related fears.
In this 3-hour advanced telepractice training, TBHI summarizes the breadth of this information, organizes and summarizes it in one unified voice and offers it through the Internet for your ease-of-access, 24/7. This course will help you think through your processes; make more informed decisions about your specific practice needs, reconsider your technology choices in light of the clinical needs of the people being served; review relevant ethical codes, standards, guidelines and competencies related to telepractice; gather the needed resources and protocols for telehealth-based interventions; and prepare for and handle emergencies. This program is a culmination and higher-level discussion of other, more detailed classes offered at TBHI. It will also point to the many ways in which distance care is not only better than no professional care at all, but can actually be more effective than in-person care.