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  • David Luxton, Ph.D.

    David Luxton, Ph.D.

Safety When Working with Clients/Patients Located in Non-Clinical Settings

i.e., from home or other environment

Recording available to listen anytime, any place…CE 1-Hour “On Demand” Training Audio recording

Many professionals fear dealing with clients/patients in a telepractice setting.

In this one hour audio interview, Dr. David Luxton, a research psychologist and program manager at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, shares ways to prepare yourself for working with this population. Addressing information gathering, reporting procedures, and the use of a local collaborator, you will learn the essential points to address when working with a wide variety of client/patients using technology.

Find answers to these questions:

  • What are some of the big-picture issues that professionals need to keep in mind when developing a practice or service online to work with consumers in their homes, or in some other location?
  • What happens when reporting an emergency to a professional police department in a distant location?
  • Why is it important to verify the location of the client/patient?
  • How is identifying the location of the client/patient usually accomplished?
  • Why could it be important to identify and use a local collaborator, such as a family member or a close friend of the client/patient?
  • How should one best manage a collaborator while continuing to protect the client’s/patient’s privacy and confidentiality?
  • How might emergencies be managed when serving someone in the home?

Learning Objectives

Participant will be able to:

  • Name ​two ways in which serving a client/patient who is in a non-clinical setting (their home) ​ ​is potentially problematic.
  • Name the two parties whose name and phone numbers you will want to have handy at the beginning of every session for each patient.
  • List the other types of resources you will want to have at your fingertips at the beginning of every session with a distant client/patient.
  • ​Give the name of at least one researchers who has published peer-reviewed articles about treating behavioral clients/patients in unsupervised clinical settings.
  • ​Intelligently discuss how you can make yourself known to the local community of every client/patient you serve using telecommunication technologies.​
  • ​Name the type of local resources you will want to have relationships with prior to starting to treat a client/patient in a distance community.
  • ​Identify at least one essential ingredient of your informed consent agreement with clients/patient you serve at a distance.
  • Discuss how to deal with suicide threat when a client/patient is in their home, park or other non-clinical setting.

This program is designed for:

Safety When Working with Clients/Patients Located in Non-Clinical Settings
  • Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Drug & Alcohol Specialists
  • Home Health Care Professionals
  • Psychologists, Physicians Assistants & Nurse Practitioners
  • Medical Professionals such as Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists

Required Reading

All required reading materials are included with this course.

1- Hour Online Home-Study Course

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