The Faculty

  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D

  • Myron L. Pulier, MD

Ethics Course (6 Hours)

102C – Introduction to Telemental Health Theory and Practice (6 CE Hours)

6 CE Hours
CMEs only available as part of the Certificate Program. See details here.

Course Description

This course is for the professional who is generally acquainted with overall telemedicine or works in an institution where many of technology-based vulnerabilities are already addressed by their enterprise. The course offers a quick overview of ethical best practices for telemental health or online therapy. It introduces you to the 50 years of scientific research that have shaped online counseling and telemental health today. The discussion starts with definitions, a theoretical overview of the field as per findings in the scientific literature, and introduces ethical, legal and reimbursement strategies.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and understand definitions used in online counseling, telemental health as well as telemedicine and telehealth
  • Identify 3 factors present in the 5 leading and successful online counseling or telemental health treatment venues as described in the scientific literature
  • Name at least 3 primary legal concerns to be addressed with online practice
  • Name at least 3 primary ethical concerns to be addressed with online practice
  • Identify at least 1 type of federally funded reimbursement program available today and the technology required to receive such reimbursement
  • Discuss at least 1 possible future application for online counseling and psychotherapy or telemental health


  • Introduction
    • Behavioral Telehealth
    • Distance Counseling and Distance Services
    • Online Psychotherapy
    • Telehealth and Telemedicine
    • Telepsychiatry
    • Telepsychology
    • Telemental Health
    • HIPAA and Other Privacy/security Laws
    • Confidentiality
    • State licensure
    • International practice
    • The “reasonable person” argument
    • Standards of Care
      • Community Standards
      • Clinical or Treatment Standards
      • Practice Standards
    • Assessment
    • Authentication/Verification
    • Intake
    • Informed Consent
    • Documentation
    • Emergency Planning
    • Referrals
    • How Listening is Different Online
    • How Answering Questions is Different Online
    • The Role of Anonymity
    • Orienting Your Patient to Time and Place
    • Opening Protocols
    • Setting Up Your Virtual Office
  • Reimbursement Issues

Required Reading

All readings are provided as part of your coursework at no added fee.


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