Practitioners who provide telemental health services will need to modify the informed consent procedures they typically use for in-person treatment.
Telemental health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a separate medical or mental health service. 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 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 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.
The dearth of guidance from leading professional organizations has increased confusion and left practitioners and the clients they care for vulnerable. The very basics of practitioner to client interactions need to be examined beginning with proper disclosure and informed consent. Studies have shown that less than half of the practitioners are in compliance with informed consent rules. The goal of this course is provide knowledge of proper disclosure and informed consent strategies so that practitioners may concentrate on what they do best, treating their client’s mental illness.
This CME course is brought to you using a “virtual classroom” that can be accessed 24/7/365 on any device connected to the internet using any network. Once enrolled it will never leave your account and will be updated as needed.