Fri, Oct 11 | Cognitive Behavior Institute

Telebehavioral Health Legal & Ethical Best Practices Dos & Don'ts

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Telebehavioral Health Legal & Ethical Best Practices Dos & Don'ts

Time & Location

Oct 11, 2019, 9:00 AM – Oct 12, 2019, 5:30 PM
Cognitive Behavior Institute, 125 Emeryville Dr Suite 230, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066, USA

About The Event

This program is suited for behavioral health practictioners including psychologists, licensed counselors, and licensed social workers.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 & Saturday, October 12, 2019

Time: 9:00am- 5:30pm both days (two 15 minute breaks and one 30 minute break for lunch offsite)

Program Level: Intermediate

Presented by: Marlene M. Maheu, PhD, Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Instititute 

Continuing Education Certificate: 15 Hours 

Cost: $200 Total ($170 Training & $30 CE Certificate)

Attendees will enjoy an invigorating 2-day workshop that provides an in-depth look at the theoretical bases for telebehavioral telehealth, and prepares licensed professionals for optional application for the Telebehavioral Health Professional (TBH) Certification (obtained post training directly through the Telebehavioral Institute and additional cost of $100). Designed with engaging teaching methods, this program outlines best practice issues, including how to legally practice over state lines; informed consent; intakes and assessment; privacy and confidentiality; recordkeeping; mandated reporting; federal laws, including HIPAA and HITECH Act, as well as state-based privacy, confidentiality and security laws. Topics also include diversity; safety protocols; preventing and handling emergencies; referrals; triage; and assigning apps. Reimbursement and technology choices for video, email, text messaging and telephones will be covered. Legal and ethical online marketing through social media and online practice management will also be covered in detail. Ample opportunity will be created for attendees to ask questions. Over 1,000 peer-reviewed books and journal article references will be available. 


Describe at least one risk management issue of relevance to telebehavioral health competencies.

Identify at least 3 ethical competencies required for ethically practicing telebehavioral health.

Name three factors relevant to telebehavioral health when practicing over state or international borders. 

Name at least two ethical solutions to potential problems related to intake, and assessment in telebehavioral health. 

Identify at least three essential ethical and legal ingredients of the telebehavioral health informed consent process.

List three ways in which multi-cultural and diversity issues are relevant to telepractice.

Discuss the evidence-based optimal uses of email and text messaging vs telephone and videoconferencing.

Describe at least three elements of the opening protocol to assure legal and ethical videoconferencing for telebehavioral health care.

Discuss how to legally and ethically deal with negative comments on Facebook, Yelp and other social media sites.

Describe at least two ethical issues to consider when developing “products” to be disseminated via the Internet

About the Presenter:

Marlene M. Maheu, PhD has been a telebehavioral health pioneer since 1994. As the Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc., she has overseen the development and delivery of online training to professionals from 73 countries worldwide. Including in-person keynotes, workshops and panel presentations, her total telehealth-related audiences for training related to the legal, ethical, clinical and practical use of technologies in behavioral health have numbered more than 25,000 professionals. 

Dr. Maheu has served various organizations to develop telebehavioral health standards and guidelines, including the American Telemedicine Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. She now serves as the CEO for the non-profit Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS). She has published four textbooks in the field, written numerous book chapters and journal articles including an article developing a framework for telebehavioral health competencies. Her books include the APA-published, A Practitioner's Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical and Evidence-Based Telepractice (2016) and Career Paths in Telemental Health (2016).

Dr. Maheu also consults with technology start-ups to develop products and find trained clinicians for behavioral health. She consults and often provides and competency-trained clinicians to medical groups, clinics, agencies, schools, community mental health clinics and group practices seeking to include telehealth services.

Cognitive Behavior Institute maintains responsibility for content of this program. Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors in Pennsylvania can receive continuing education from providers approved by the American Psychological Association. Since CBI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors in Pennsylvania will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending CBI continuing education programs.