TeleMental Health Patient Practitioner Protocol

Telemental health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a seperate medical or mental health services. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the mental health field. Telemental health is discipline neutral, meaning that all mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.

The need for mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of patient care at a distance has also increased. All age groups and all diagnoses have shown an increase in the need of treatment. With the increased use of telemental health there is an increased need for education concerning legal considerations and compliance during a telemental health appointment.

The research into telemental health has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for mental health services. Some studies have even found that telemental health services may actually be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children and adolescents and veterans in particular, seem to especially benefit from the use of telemental health. Telemental health is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online. This course is to provide education concerning telemental health patient practitioner protocol.

This course brings attention to patient treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on professional orientation for practitioners who use telemental health.

 

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement Screening for Suitability to Engage in TMH
  • Use Ethically Sound Practices when Conducting Appropriate Screening and Intake
  • Ethics Related to Screening and Intake
  • Perform Ongoing Patient Risk Assessments
  • Risk Factors for Domestic Violence, Suicidality, Homicidally
  • Demonstrate Ethical Responsibility for Understanding How the Patient Self-Identifies
  • Conduct a General Patient Assessment
  • Apply Mental Health Theory and Interventions
  • Mental Health Theories
  • Conduct Assessment of the Patient’s Personal Resources and Abilities
  • Develop Rapport with Patients
  • Sustain Appropriate Practitioner Relationships and Boundaries
  • Obtain and Maintain Proper Documentation
  • Implement and Execute Setting of Expectations for Appointments
  • Evaluate Ongoing Effectiveness of TMH
  • Contraindications for TMH
  • Demonstrate How to Make Appropriate Referrals
  • Appropriate and Effective TMH Interventions
  • Patient Community Resources in the Geographic Area in Which a Patient Lives
  • Ethics and Guidelines Regarding Practitioner Relationships and Boundaries
  • Proper Documentation
  • Ethics Regarding Documentation
  • Scope of Process of TMH
  • National and Local Patient Resources
  • Ability to Elicit Information Regarding Patient Resources and Abilities in Relation to TMH
  • Ability to Develop Rapport Including Recognition of Facial Expressions and Nonverbal Communication
  • Ability to Implement Assessments
  • Ability to Use Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries Effectively
  • Ability to Facilitate Patient’s Cultural Self-Identification

 

Course Format:

TeleMental Health Patient – Practitioner Protocol Part 1

  • Implement Screening for Suitability to Engage in TMH
  • Use Ethically Sound Practices when Conducting Appropriate Screening and Intake
  • Ethics Related to Screening and Intake
  • Perform Ongoing Patient Risk Assessments
  • Risk Factors for Domestic Violence, Suicidality, Homicidally

 

TeleMental Health Patient – Practitioner Protocol Part 2

  • Demonstrate Ethical Responsibility for Understanding How the Patient Self-Identifies
  • Conduct a General Patient Assessment
  • Apply Mental Health Theory and Interventions
  • Mental Health Theories
  • Conduct Assessment of the Patient’s Personal Resources and Abilities
  • Develop Rapport with Patients

 

TeleMental Health Patient – Practitioner Protocol Part 3

  • Sustain Appropriate Practitioner Relationships and Boundaries
  • Obtain and Maintain Proper Documentation
  • Implement and Execute Setting of Expectations for Appointments
  • Evaluate Ongoing Effectiveness of TMH
  • Contraindications for TMH
  • Demonstrate How to Make Appropriate Referrals

 

TeleMental Health Patient – Practitioner Protocol Part 4

  • Appropriate and Effective TMH Interventions
  • Patient Community Resources in the Geographic Area in Which a Patient Lives
  • Ethics and Guidelines Regarding Practitioner Relationships and Boundaries
  • Proper Documentation
  • Ethics Regarding Documentation
  • Scope of Process of TMH
  • National and Local Patient Resources

 

TeleMental Health Patient – Practitioner Protocol Part 5

  • Ability to Elicit Information Regarding Patient Resources and Abilities in Relation to TMH
  • Ability to Develop Rapport Including Recognition of Facial Expressions and Nonverbal Communication
  • Ability to Implement Assessments
  • Ability to Use Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries Effectively
  • Ability to Facilitate Patient’s Cultural Self-Identification

 

Learning Outcomes Conditions:
Complete self-paced certification in its entirety.
Pass all quizzes and final with 80% or better.

Education Hours:
You will receive a completion certificate with 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits from MedChi The Maryland State Medical Society for this course when all Learning Outcomes Conditions have been met.

Approximate Learning Time: 2.25 – 3.0 hours
This course is online and should take approximately 2.25 – 3.0 hours to complete.