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E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices

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Overview / Abstract:

E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the advantages, risks, technical issues, legalities, and ethics of providing therapy online.

E-therapy can be used to address age-old problems, such as how to reach out to those who might not otherwise avail themselves of psychotherapy services even though they are in acute need. At the same time, it is clear that many providers have embraced the new technologies without a firm grasp on the new and serious vulnerabilities that are introduced when their patients’ personal health information goes online. Included in this course are sections on video therapy, email, text messaging, smart phone use, social media, cloud storage, Skype, and other telecommunications services.

This course is focused upon the ethical principles that are called into play with the use of e-therapy. Among them, the most obvious concern is for privacy and confidentiality. Yet these are not the only ethical principles that will be challenged by the increasing use of e-therapy. The others include inter-jurisdictional issues (crossing state lines), informed consent, competence and scope of practice, boundaries and multiple relationships, and record keeping.

In addition to outlining potential ethical problems and HIPAA challenges, this course includes recommended resources and sets of specific guidelines and best practices that have been established and published by various professional organizations.

Course #31-19 | 2019 | 60 pages | 20 posttest questions

Expiration

Dec 31, 2029

Discipline(s)

Counselor CE, Psychology CE, Social Work CE

Cost

39

Credits / Hours

3

Accreditation

APA, NBCC, ASWB

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Leo Christie, PhD

Keywords / Search Terms

Professional Development Resources E-Therapy: Ethics & Best Practices, E-Therapy, teletherapy, telepsychology, continuing education, CE, CEU, online course

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