The future of mental health will undoubtedly be shaped by the vastly expanding world of technology and the increasing need to give consumers the services they are demanding online and through smartphones. In an upcoming visit to Cincinnati, Dr. Marlene Maheu will instruct psychologists about the legal and ethical aspects of using technology in their practices.
Cincinnati, Ohio -- April 19, 2012 -- Computer and smartphone technology has advanced to the degree that psychologists interested in providing services online are not hard-pressed to find platforms to reach clients. The technology is available, easy to access, affordable, and it will only get better in time. However, Dr. Marlene Maheu, Executive Director of the TeleMental Health Institute, Inc., strongly encourages licensed mental health professionals to obtain adequate training before providing treatment by telephone, text-messaging, or on the Internet.
Nationally renowned for her expertise in telehealth, Dr. Maheu is excited to have the opportunity to educate mental health professionals about the risks and benefits of using technology to reach and treat clients. Maheu said, "We mental health professionals can keep up with technological change and empower clients and patients to help themselves have healthier lives with a wide variety of Internet-based tools."
Dr. Maheu is looking forward to presenting a technology workshop for the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology on April 27, 2012 entitled Success Strategies for Legally and Ethically Expanding Your Practice Online Using 21st Century Tools. Through this 6-hour continuing education (CE) program, mental health professionals will learn how to deliver innovative mental health services using technology.
Dr. Maheu will present on the most relevant legal and ethical telemental health issues including Skype, videoconferencing, practicing over state lines, informed consent, and HIPAA. She will identify 26 HIPAA-compliant video companies, and will discuss reimbursement, as well as how to use websites such as Google, Yelp, Face Book, and LinkedIn.
Maheu stated, "Many of the newer research articles examining telehealth, online therapy or online counseling are asking for training because it is very easy to make mistakes when working through technology. Many professionals have not yet been trained, but programs such as this one will give them basic tools to get started." For details about Dr. Maheu’s workshop for the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology, see: http://www.cappnet.org/asp/news.asp?ID=6
The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. is the leading online telemental health training institute, devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of telepsychiatry, telepsychology, online counseling, online therapy and coaching. Contact: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D., Executive Director, TeleMental Health Institute, Inc., http://support.telehealth.org/open.php