The Faculty

  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

    Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

3 Dangers of Using Skype: FREE & Low-Cost, HIPAA-Compliant Alternatives to Skype

1-HOUR WEBINAR - HIPAA-Compliant Skype Alternatives: How to Protect Yourself from HITECH & Licensing Board Disciplinary Actions Today

1-Hour Webinar

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

CE 1 CE Hour Available

Skype. If you’re thinking about telepractice, you’re thinking about Skype.

Are you aware of the risks and rewards of Skype?  More than one national professional association has published statements warning about the dangers of using Skype for behavioral practice.

You might not be sure where to get affordable professional video conferencing services. You’re probably too busy to read the endless blogs or professional listservs about appropriate technologies and where to get them. Yet clients / patients are likely to be asking you to “Skype” them when they can’t come to the office. If you are practicing in the United States, you’re probably also wondering about HIPAA and HITECH, albeit reluctantly. If you are another country, you probably have similar laws to consider.

Join Dr. Marlene Maheu as she gives an update on the current advantages and disadvantages of online therapy using Skype. She’ll fascinate you with the realities of online practice while outlining the pros and cons of HIPAA compliant alternatives to Skype, email and text-messaging. You’ll hear an easy way to find which technologies to safely use for online counseling, and how to quickly comply with your legal and ethical mandates to protect your client’s / patient’s privacy and confidentiality.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain why privacy protection is the #1 technology-related concern by practitioners, insurers, licensing boards and other government agencies
  • Describe 2 reasons that the use of Skype is not HIPAA-compliant
  • Identify 3 different HIPAA compliant alternatives to Skype for videoconferencing
  • Explain what it means to have a “Business Associate” agreement and how to get a company to sign one
  • Explain how adherence to HIPAA & HITECH are relevant to both state law and ethical codes
  • Name at least 1 resource to find HIPAA-compliant alternatives to Skype

This program is for beginning and intermediate-level “tele-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, Billing & Coding Staff


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 Forum to ask related questions
  • Webinar handout
  • Program is approved for 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 with questions.)
  • Printable course completion certificate for your licensing board
  • Full customer support
  • 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days!



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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