Social media has a wealth of information. This great amount of data allows us to look at trends, discover correlations, and make predictions. We can now use it to alert people of mental health needs and send them helpful resources.
Is there a problem with access to mental health services?
Why are people not receiving treatment?
Can telemental health help?
Have you ever had to find a counselor for yourself or a family member? It can be nerve wrecking. The emotional, time, and financial commitment can be great. Sometimes, if the counselor and client are not a fit, the client may give up on ever trying counseling again.
Technology has found a good solution to this. Check it out on this video.
How do we as therapists help our clients with digital dating? A new study sited at the American Psychological Association links swiping with self-esteem issues. Dee Wagner, BC-DMT, LPC, primary creator and instructor of our Digital Dance online course recently wrote a blog post on her site LustierLife.com that addresses profile writing in the digital dating process. Dee shares:
Online dating can be turbulent times, but if one is intentional it can be a great opportunity for growth and healing. Dee Wagner, BC-DMT, LPC has written articles and a workbook that guides online daters through the process of building awareness, processing their emotions, and growing in their interpersonal relationships.
When great clinicians have great information to share they want to share it LOUD, and help as many people as they can. With the internet, we can easily share our helpful and powerful information to anyone who needs it. Due to only being able to practice healthcare within the state’s in which a clinician is licensed, some may be tempted to label their services as psychoeducation rather than psychotherapy. Most clinicians may not even be trying to “get away” with practicing across state lines (interstate counseling) without being licensed in all states, but truly be wanting to solely provide psychoeducation.
The results are coming in from the Georgia Telemental Health Rule. Should other states follow suit?
Georgia requires that Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors, who provide telemental health services, attend at least a 6 hour CE training on telemental health counseling. Clinical supervisors are required to take an additional 3 CE hour course on how to supervise telemental health counseling.