Telehealth Ethics of Texting: Do’s and Don’ts
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.
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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 associations and 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 Telehealth.org 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?
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.
Dr. Maheu is joined by Myron Pulier, MD, Joseph McMenamin MD, JD and Laura Groshong, MA, LICSW, 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.
|Dr. Maheu is one of the most knowledgeable people in the country in the area of psychology and technology. She has a rich perspective on the benefits and challenges in this field and has been extremely generous in sharing her resources and expertise.|
Judith Blanton, PhD, Blanton Consulting
|You consider both the advantages of technology and the important ethical considerations to help ensure public safety.|
Joann Altiero, PhD
|Telebehavioral Health Institute is the best place to get accurate and up to date information about navigating the internet as a mental health professional.|
Wanda Garner, MS, MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor
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Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners & Physician’s Assistants
Purpose: NJAOPS is dedicated to reminding and enhancing physicians’ knowledge to manage the changing needs of the healthcare system. These evidence-based educational lectures are structured to augment physician expertise with current guidelines, materials, and recommendations, as well as up-to-date advances in medical treatment on specific topics. Accreditation: New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing education for DO Physicians. NJAOPS designates these educational activities for category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
Physician (AMA) accreditation statement: NJAOPS Is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians. NJAOPS designates live or online activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Health Professionals: participants may claim hours to receive a Certificate of Participation for an activity designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Method of Participation: for successful completion of activity and subsequent awarding of credits, individuals are required to participate in the entire activity and complete an attestation form, as well as an activity evaluation form.
Psychologists — American Psychological Association (APA)
Telehealth.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. Telehealth.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Addiction Professionals — The Association For Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
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Counselors — National Board For Certified Counselors (NBCC)
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New York State Education Department’s State Board For Social Work (NY SWB)
Telehealth.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers #SW-
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Counseler (NY MHC)
Telehealth.org is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0237.
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Marriage & Family Therapist (NY MFT)
Telehealth.org is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0104.
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Licensed Psychologists (NY PSY)
Telehealth.org is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0193.
Social Workers — Association Of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
Telehealth.org, Provider #1328, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Telehealth.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 11/18/2019 – 11/18/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Please note that ASWB does not award CE hours for training related to marketing.
— NOTE —
Please verify the appropriateness of Telehealth.org training for your needs by contacting your state/provincial board or your state/provincial professional organization. Some state and provincial regulations are in flux, complex, and can be confusing. Some require additional documentation. Some states restrict the number of CME and CE hours you can complete online. Telehealth.org disavows responsibility for being aware of/meeting your state’s regulatory or licensing requirements.
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