Are You Offering “Text Therapy”? Telehealth Legal/Ethical Requirements

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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 TBHI 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?

Dr. Maheu will be joined by Special Guest Laura Groshong, MA, LCSW, Director, Policy and Practice, Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) 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. This program is for all licensed behavioral professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants and physicians themselves. Also, a CME or CE hour available, if needed.

Event Details: Telehealth Legal/Ethical Requirements

Text Messaging and Behavioral Practice Webinar

  • Where: 100% Online
  • When: Thursday, September 5th, 2pm-3pm Eastern (11am-12pm Pacific)
  • Fully recorded and available 24/7 after the event to review anytime for 6 months from registration date
  • What: Live & recorded event includes access to the live program, program recording, slides, and handout
  • Cost: $49 (includes 1-CME or CE Hour)

Learning Objectives

  • List at least four relevant ethical codes that relate to text therapy
  • List the three primary types of text messaging services
  • Intelligently discuss the scientific evidence-base related to text messaging
  • Identify at least three types of errors that diminish client/patient satisfaction with text messaging
  • List texting security suggestions and possible platforms to consider for secure texting
  • Identify the relevance of HIPAA & HITECH in relation to using smart devices for text messaging
  • Discuss professional boundaries in text messaging with clients/patients
  • Outline at least five pivotal legal issues of relevance when accepting employment from an online employer to deliver text messaging therapy as a licensed professional

 

TBHI Faculty

Text Messaging and Behavioral Practice Webinar

 

Dr. Maheu has been an industry leader in telebehavioral health since 1994. With four textbooks, dozens of book chapters and journal articles to her name, as well as having educated more than 25,000 clinicians, she is in a unique position to guide you or your organization in finding a maximally profitable niche in this rapidly expanding market. She has given more than 400 professional presentations and is a master at quickly and accurately answering your questions with clear, actionable, evidence-based suggestions.

Text Messaging and Behavioral Practice Webinar

 

Laura W. Groshong, AM, LICSW, Clinical Social Work Association Policy and Practice Director Author, Clinical Social Work Practice and Regulation: An Overview; Politics in the Consulting Room: Hate in the Countertransference Revisited, numerous articles and webinars. Private practice, Seattle, WA.

 

 

Text Messaging and Behavioral Practice WebinarThis program is for beginning and intermediate-level “telepractitioners” and “telesupervisors” wishing to deliver telemental health services in these professions:

  • 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, and webinar handout
  • 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
  • Printable course completion certificate for your licensing board
  • Access to TBHI Community Forum to ask related questions
  • Full customer support
  • 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days!
  • This program is approved for 1 CME or CE Hour, applicable toward state requirements for Legal/Ethical Continuing Education or Continuing Medical Education. TBHI is approved by several CME or CE-approval providing groups to sponsor CME or CE Hours. Please review our provider information to confirm with your licensing board that they accept our CME or CE provider status.
    Please Note: If your board requires live attendance in order to receive credit, you must complete your post-test, course evaluation and print your certificate within 24-hours of the live event.

 

Cost: $49

Please note: To gain access to your training materials, you will be asked to create a training profile and register your TBHI training account. Once this has been completed, your webinar materials will be added to your training account within 2 business days.


 

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All TBHI webinars are recorded, allowing you 24/7 access for up to 6 from registration. Once you create your training profile and register your TBHI training account, your webinar materials will be added to your training account within 2 business days.

Available 100% online and accessible 24/7, you can complete each webinar anytime within 6 months from date of purchase. If you need more time to complete your webinars, extended access is available for a modest fee ($45) for an additional increment of 6 months. To extend your access, go to telehealth.org/6-month-extension.

Good question! When you sign up for a live TBHI webinar, you will receive an email outlining how to join the live event as well as how to log into your training account to find the webinar resources. These emails are sent the day-before as well as the day-of the live events.

Please Note: If you do not receive these emails, it is possible that your email provider has mistaken us as spam. We recommend that you check your spam or trash folder, and add “contact@telehealth.org” to your contact list to get all important information.

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Each webinar comes with 1-CME or CE Hour (unless otherwise indicated).

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For details, see ‘Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education’ section below.

The New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, The American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) have approved CE Hours for TBHI training.

For details, see ‘Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education’ section below.

If your board requires live attendance in order to receive credit, you must meet the following criteria within 24-hours of the live event:

  • Attend the live webinar event
  • Pass the post-test
  • Complete the course evaluation
  • Print your course certificate

Please note, after the 24-hour period, all course certificates will indicate the course title as ‘Recorded Webinar.’ Due to CME or CE provider regulations, we will not be able to accommodate any requests for access to a ‘live’ CME or CE certificate after this live event period closes.

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Purpose:
NJAOPS is dedicated in 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 the 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)

The Telebehavioral Health Institute  is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Telebehavioral Health Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Social Workers — Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI), 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. Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/18/2016 – 11/18/2019. 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.

Addiction Professionals — NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI) is officially on file with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) as an Approved Education Provider. TBHI has been approved as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider. NAADAC Provider #159459, Telebehavioral Health Institute, is responsible for all aspects of their programing.

Counselors — National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI) has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No. 6708. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. TBHI is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

CE Broker

CE Broker is a continuing education tracking system in which licensees track their compliance and report their completed CEs. The Telebehavioral Health Institute (TBHI) encourages trainees to use the Self-Report system in CE Broker, as TBHI does not report to CE Broker on behalf of trainees.

Click here for instructions on how to self-report to CE Broker.

California Nurses — California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN)

The American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) have approved CE Hours for TBHI training. The American Medical Association (AMA) has approved the training for CMEs. Nurses are formally approved in California and approved by most other states through our co-sponsorship with Alliant UniversitySee Continuing Education information here.

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Please verify the appropriateness of TBHI 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 CE or CME hours you can complete online. TBHI disavows responsibility for being aware of /meeting your state’s regulatory or licensing requirements.

TBHI Training has also been approved for AMA CME Hours. Contact us for details.



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