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  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

    Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

Ethics: Evaluating Apps for Your Clients & Patients

Apps Webinar


1-Hour Webinar

Fully recorded, 100% online 24/7 for 6 months, ready whenever and wherever you are…

CE 1 CE Hour Available

As an ethical professional, which criteria are you using to recommend behavioral “apps”?

While most of us have been taught how to recommend books, TV and movies in our clinical work, technology adds a new layer of complexities. Many professionals don’t know how to best use apps in ways that keep clients/patients safe. They aren’t clear about how to think about an app that sends someone an unexpected email with a subject title that clearly reveals the content (“anger management therapy”). They aren’t clear about the appropriateness of an app that claims that is uses an evidence-based theory (“CBT”), but has no evidence-base of its own.

Professionals may not know about using different software to download app content on to a computer, or to drop that app content into a patient record. They aren’t sure what to do when the patient loses their phone upon which they have been keeping a “diary” for therapy purposes. The relevance of  HIPAA, HITECH, informed consent and behavioral apps are murky for many professionals.

This webinar outlines what can go wrong and how to make sure that our clients and patients are not harmed by our behavioral app recommendations. It will clarify 7 dimensions that can help you be confident in recommending behavioral apps to clients.

The webinar will also describe how apps can safely include “alerts” related to individual care plans (e.g. when to take medication, GPS indicators for drug use risk areas); wearable technologies (e.g., Fitbit, Jawbone, Basis watch, Google watch); remote sensors for Heart Rate Variability (HRV) ; artificial intelligence; the Internet of Things; and how they all relate to the Quantified Self for behavioral healthcare.

The webinar will be presented by Dr. Marlene Maheu, whose grasp of the big picture, in-depth knowledge of technology and lighthearted style makes her presentations highly informative as well as enjoyable :)

Learning Objectives

Participants of this 1-hour, and fully RECORDED event will be able to:

  • Identify 7 key principles to risk management for recommending apps
  • Identify 3 ways to prevent privacy issues with apps
  • Determine what to include in your informed consent process when suggesting apps
  • Define the term, “evidence-based app”
  • Explain what it means to have a “Business Associate Agreement” and when to ask for one with an app
  • Name at least 1 resource to find apps that are of relevance to the people you serve

This program is for beginning and intermediate-level practitioners in these disciplines:

  • Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Behavioral Analysts Substance Use Professionals
  • CEOs, COOs, Administrators


Webinar includes:

  • Webinar video recording
  • Presentation slides
  • Access to the power and interactivity of the most cutting-edge technology available today for learning (login is required)
  • Ability to take your post-test and course evaluation online
  • Full access to the TMHI Community Hub to ask related questions of your colleagues
  • Webinar handout
  • 1 CE Hour, applied toward state requirements for Legal/Ethical CEs with APA, NBCC and a variety of other CE-approval providing groups. (See CE Sponsorship Approvals or contact us for details.)
  • Printable “course completion certificate” for your licensing board
  • Full customer support
  • 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days! (What do you have to lose?)



This course does not currently qualify for ASWB-approved Continuing Education. Thank you for your patience as we retrofit our courses with required changes before we can offer them for ASWB-approved CE Hours. Contact us if you have questions or if you’d like us to expedite this course for ASWB approval.

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