How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice
David D. Luxton, Eve-Lynn Nelson, Marlene Maheu
As telecommunication technologies and health apps become more ubiquitous and affordable, they expand opportunities for mental health professionals to provide quality care. However, physical distance as well as technology itself can create challenges to safe and ethical practice. Such challenges are manageable when following the best practices outlined in this book.
Providers can use video conference and other technologies for assessment, treatment delivery, psychoeducation, supervision, and consultation. This practical guide covers each facet of telemental health care in turn, with emphasis on:
Conducting telepractice within legal, regulatory, and ethical boundaries
Safeguarding clients’ privacy and ensuring the security of their data
Establishing a welcoming, safe environment and therapeutic rapport from a distance