TeleMental Health Disclosure and Informed Consent

TeleMental Health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide medical and mental health services by any medical or 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 medical and mental health field. TeleMental Health is discipline neutral, meaning that all medical and mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.

The need for medical and mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of client 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 medical and 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 client 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 disclosure and informed consent.

This course brings attention to client treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on disclosure and informed consent for practitioners who use TeleMental Health.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Ensure the Client Understands the Disclosures and is able to Provide Informed Consent
  • Address the Aspects of Informed Consent Specific to TeleMental Health
  • Establish a Protocol for Social Media
  • Prepare a Protocol for Establishing Local Resources and Emergency Contact
  • Apply Procedures for Emergencies
  • Prepare a Protocol for Verification of Location
  • Establish Client Location Prior to Session
  • Prepare a Protocol for Verification of Client Identity
  • Establish Client Identity Prior to Session
  • Prepare a Protocol for Verification of Privacy
  • Establish Client Privacy Prior to Session
  • Prepare a Protocol for Verification of Safety
  • Establish Client Safety Prior to Appointment
  • Requirements Establish Client Identity in TeleMental Health
  • Prepare a Protocol for Management of Technical Difficulties
  • Explain Unique Challenges and Risks of TeleMental Health
  • Address Concerns of Clients Related to TeleMental Health
  • Monitor Ongoing Informed Consent
  • Managing Disclosures in TeleMental Health
  • Informed Consent Process in TeleMental Health
  • Ethically Gathering Informed Consent
  • Appropriate Use of Social Media
  • Elements of a Safety Plan
  • What is Required to Establish Client Identity in a Virtual Environment
  • Unique Challenged and Risks of TeleMental Health
  • Resources Available to Troubleshoot TeleMental Health Issues


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 1.5 CE for this course with NBCC ACEP No. 7167 when all Learning Outcomes Conditions have been met

Approximate Learning Time: 1.5 hours

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