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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:28

Wisconsin

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services.
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:27

Washington

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services.
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:27

Utah

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services.
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:19

Tennessee

Tennessee Board For Professional Counselors, Marital And Family Therapists, And Clinical Pastoral Therapists

0450-02-.13 PROFESSIONAL ETHICS. The AAMFT code of ethics shall govern the conduct of marital and family therapists registered with the board.

http://share.tn.gov/sos/rules/0450/0450-02.20151210.pdf

In addition to the other requirements of this rule, all licensees and certificate holders who

practice marital and family therapy electronically shall comply with the Online Ethical

Advisory Opinions adopted by the AAMFT, www.aamft.org, except to the extent that they

conflict with the laws of the state of Tennessee or the rules of the Board. If the standards for

the ethical practice of marital and family therapy over the Internet conflict with state law or

rules, the state law or rules govern the matter. Violation of the standards for the ethical

practice of marital and family therapy over the Internet or state law or rules may subject a

licensee or certificate holder to disciplinary action.

AAMFT Code of Ethics

http://www.aamft.org/iMIS15/AAMFT/Content/Legal_Ethics/Code_of_Ethics.aspx

STANDARD VI

TECHNOLOGY-ASSISTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Therapy, supervision, and other professional services engaged in by marriage and family therapists take place over an increasing number of technological platforms.  There are great benefits and responsibilities inherent in both the traditional therapeutic and supervision contexts, as well as in the utilization of technologically-assisted professional services. This standard addresses basic ethical requirements of offering therapy, supervision, and related professional services using electronic means.

6.1 Technology Assisted Services.

Prior to commencing therapy or supervision services through electronic means (including but not limited to phone and Internet), marriage and family therapists ensure that they are compliant with all relevant laws for the delivery of such services.  Additionally, marriage and family therapists must: (a) determine that technologically-assisted services or supervision are appropriate for clients or supervisees, considering professional, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs; (b) inform clients or supervisees of the potential risks and benefits associated with technologically-assisted services; (c) ensure the security of their communication medium; and (d) only commence electronic therapy or supervision after appropriate education, training, or supervised experience using the relevant technology.

6.2 Consent to Treat or Supervise.

Clients and supervisees, whether contracting for services as individuals, dyads, families, or groups, must be made aware of the risks and responsibilities associated with technology-assisted services.  Therapists are to advise clients and supervisees in writing of these risks, and of both the therapist’s and clients’/supervisees' responsibilities for minimizing such risks.

6.3 Confidentiality and Professional Responsibilities.

It is the therapist’s or supervisor’s responsibility to choose technological platforms that adhere to standards of best practices related to confidentiality and quality of services, and that meet applicable laws. Clients and supervisees are to be made aware in writing of the limitations and protections offered by the therapist’s or supervisor’s technology.

6.4 Technology and Documentation.

Therapists and supervisors are to ensure that all documentation containing identifying or otherwise sensitive information which is electronically stored and/or transferred is done using technology that adhere to standards of best practices related to confidentiality and quality of services, and that meet applicable laws.  Clients and supervisees are to be made aware in writing of the limitations and protections offered by the therapist’s or supervisor’s technology.

6.5 Location of Services and Practice.

Therapists and supervisors follow all applicable laws regarding location of practice and services, and do not use technologically-assisted means for practicing outside of their allowed jurisdictions. 

6.6 Training and Use of Current Technology.

Marriage and family therapists ensure that they are well trained and competent in the use of all chosen technology-assisted professional services.  Careful choices of audio, video, and other options are made in order to optimize quality and security of services, and to adhere to standards of best practices for technology-assisted services.  Furthermore, such choices of technology are to be suitably advanced and current so as to best serve the professional needs of clients and supervisees.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:17

South Dakota

Counselors are to follow ACA’s Code of Ethics.

Marriage and Family Therapists are to follow AAMFT’s Code of Ethics.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:17

South Carolina

PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL SPECIALISTS 

Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and
Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists 

Provision of Services via Electronic, Distance Professional Services

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Counselors/PDFS/Provision_of_Services_via_Electronic_Distance_Prof_Services.pdf


Effective Date: November 17, 2015
In response to inquiries from licensees, supervisors and other interested parties, the SC
Licensure Board has confirmed that it has no separate view per se with regard to the provision
of services via electronic means as long as a licensee is practicing in a manner consistent with
his/her training and experience, is receiving supervision as is appropriate, and the medium for
doing so is not an issue. However, it is incumbent upon any licensed counselor, therapist or
psycho-educational specialist to recognize that as he or she moves away from direct face to
face contact with clients, there are losses to the processes and interactions.
The Board considers that the practice of counseling, marriage and family therapy occurs both
where the therapist who is providing therapeutic services is located and where the individuals
(patients/clients) who are receiving services are located. In order for an individual to provide
counseling and therapy services in South Carolina, that individual must be licensed by the South
Carolina Board for Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-educational
Specialist. On this basis, if an individual licensed in South Carolina renders services
electronically to an out-of-state client, it is recommended that the licensee contact the
licensure board for counselors, marriage and family therapist or psycho-educational specialist
in the state in which the clients resides to determine whether or not such practices are
permitted in that jurisdiction. Licensees are advised to review the South Carolina Licensure Law
and the Code of Ethics.
Delivery of clinical services via technology assisted media such as telephones, use of video, or
the internet requires the therapist to be sensitive to various issues. These areas include:
confidentiality, acquiring required signatures on intake forms (consent to treat, release of
information, professional disclosure forms, consent to treat minors, consent to tape, etc.).
Other issues include: confidentiality, boundaries of competence, computer security, avoiding
harm dealing with fees and financial arrangements, and advertising. Other specific challenges
include, but are not limited to verifying the identity of the client, determining if the client is a
minor, explaining to the clients the procedures for contacting the therapist/counselor when he
or she is off-line, discussing the possibility of technology failure and alternate means of
communication if technology occurs. It is important for counselors and therapists to use
encrypted technology as required by HIPPA. Clients should be informed of the encryption
methods used to help ensure the security of communications. Also, counselors and therapists
should inform clients as to whether session data is being preserved and if so, for in what
manner and for how long. In addition, clients need to be informed regarding the procedures
that will be in place in receiving and releasing client information received through the internet
and other electronic sources.
Last of all, it is important that when providing services through electronic methods, the
counselor and therapist be knowledgeable regarding emergency services available in the
communities where their clients live.CHAPTER 36.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION-- BOARD OF EXAMINERS FOR THE LICENSURE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL SPECIALISTS
Code of Ethics for Professional Counselors: Chapter 36-19, Article 7, (B) Counseling Relationship, 12, 13, 14.
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Counselors/index.asp?file=laws.htm

(12) Professional Counselors who employ electronic means in which the counselor and client are not in immediate proximity must present clients with local sources of care before establishing a continued short or long-term relationship. 

(13) Professional Counselors shall obtain legal authorization to practice in any jurisdiction in which they maintain an electronic presence via the internet or other
electronic means.

(14) Professional Counselors shall ensure that clients are intellectually, emotionally, and physically compatible with computer applications used by the counselor and understand
their purpose and operation.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:16

Rhode Island

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services.
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:15

Pennsylvania

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services.
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:15

Oklahoma

Social Workers

http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=436051

The provision of social work services to an individual in this state, through telephonic, electronic or other means, regardless of the location of the social worker, shall constitute the practice of social work and shall be subject to regulation.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 15:14

Oregon

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services
Ray is down-to-earth, warm, pragmatic and exceptionally well-informed.
G. Reid Doster, LPC, LMFT
Director of Behavioral Health, EXCELth Inc.Primary Health Network & Private Practice Psychotherapist / www.excelth.com

An excellent course, but needs more legal information regarding where the patient needs to reside.

Barry Barmann
Clinical Psychologist / Behavior Therapy & Family Counseling Clinic
This legal course was phenomenal saturated with much detail and clarity!
Elaine Marie Barclay
Licensed Professional Counselor, Assistant Professor / Capella University and Shorter University
Great and very informative! Will help me take my skills to a new level. Gave me a great idea of how the session should go.
Jessica Latin
LPC / JL Counseling

Course provided several case scenarios regarding Interstate counseling and resource websites for further research.

Cowenda Jefferson
Clinical Director / Wise Life Choices LLC
Course provided additional information regarding the legal aspects of TeleMental Health.
Cowenda Jefferson
Clinical Director / Wise LIfe Choices LLC
I have completed prior training by Raymond and greatly appreciate his detailed and thorough trainings.
Dr Lynn Duffy, PsyD, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, BCPCC, BC-TMH, Diplomate/CMH in Trauma
Director/Counselor/Mediator / Lighthouse Counseling & Consulting Services
This course was most helpful in helping me make my practice more compliant for me and my clients.
Marlene Small
Private Psychotherapist
This is the 4th TMH course I have taken with Ray and it is BY FAR the best TMH training out there. I've learned so much that I can use every day in my practice.
Dawn Ferrara
LPC-S, LMFT

Very Informative

Naomie Pierre
community clinician / nps
I loved this course. It was very informative and provide a great deal of information about ethics.
Tracey Marshall
Easy to learn and easy to follow. User friendly on-line course.
Kelly Johnson
Licensed Mental Health Therapist

Awesome

Melissa J Davis
LAPC- counselor
This was a phenomenal training and necessary for the continued growth of all helping professionals. This will certainly improve the manner in which I conduct counseling.
Elaine Marie Barclay
This training was extremely informative and supportive for professionals looking to gain further knowledge in Telemental health.
Marcy Abramsky
LCSW / Marcy Abramsky LCSW, InspireAmind TM Counseling and Consulting
I found this video to be very informative and helpful.
Michelle Parker
Contract Therapist

Great course, very informative!

Ashley Simmons
BCBA / Northstar Psychological Services

Love the course, worth every penny!!! Definitely helped jump start my Tele-mental health services!

Nakia Clark
Owner/ Therapist / Insightfullly You, LLC

This gave me and my staff some important insights and information regarding telehealth..

Larry Cowan
Executive Director / Samaritan Counseling and Growth

This course was easy and user friendly

Vanessa Reiser
Social Worker / JBFCS

I learned a great deal from this program and look forward to implementing telemental health in my therapy practice.

Michelle Hitchcock
Therapist

It was fantastic! Just the forms he provides are worth the cost of the course!

Mark Wagemaker, LPC, NCC, DCC, CPCS
Counselor, Clinical Supervisor / Transitions Counseling

This was an excellent class and worth my time.  Ray provided great information and is clearly an expert in TMH!

Jennifer Stuckert
Director / Restoration Counselor of Atlanta, LLC

I found these courses informative and helpful. They make establishing best practices policies and procedures for telemental health services and supervising those who provide them. so much easier. I highly recommend his courses.

Nena Rybarczyk, MA, EMBA, LPC, NCC, CPCS
Counselor / Strategies for Life Counseling, LLC

Ray's workshop was one of the most informative I have taken in years. He brought clarity to took a topic which has been intimidating and I left feeling empowered!

TRUDY POST SPRUNK, LMFT-S LPC CPCS RPT-S CPT-S EMD
Clinical Supervisor and Play Therapist / Georgia Association for Play Therapy