Best Practices for Telebehavioral Health Documentation in Couple and Family Therapy
Telebehavioral health (TBH) competencies were developed to improve the quality of practice for mental and behavioral health practitioners and to establish a standard of care in TBH. While several other disciplines had embraced TBH, the field of couple and family therapy was slower in its adoption. As the couple and family therapy field shifted quickly to adopting TBH at the onset of the pandemic, couple and family therapists had to quickly adapt their documentation in offline practices to online settings.
In many cases, both the process and content of clinical documentation (communication, business documents, consent, etc.) may have been developed quickly and without feedback from other peers of professionals knowledgeable about TBH practices. In this workshop, participants will learn about the common mistakes made in the development and maintenance of documentation in TBH practice in couple and family therapy. They will also learn strategies for documentation consistent with the TBH competencies, with specific attention to best practices for clinical care, competencies for evidenced based and ethical practice, and legal and regulatory issues.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:
- List three common mistakes made by couple and family therapists in TBH documentation.
- Describe the objectives within the TBH competencies dedicated clinical care and legal/regulatory issues as it pertains to documentation.
- Describe strategies for documentation consistent with the TBH competencies.
Dr. Katherine Hertlein, PhD
Dr. Hertlein earned her PhD at Virginia Tech and her master's degree from Purdue University Calumet. Across her academic career, she has published over 90 articles, 40 book chapters, and 12 books in the areas of couple therapy, infidelity, sex therapy, behavioral health, and the impact of technology on couple and and family relationships. Her contributions in sex therapy promote a paradigm shift in the treatment of sexual dysfunctions in couple relationships, are considered seminal texts, and used by couple and family therapy programs widely. Her contributions in the area of technology include the development of the core competencies for behavioral health which can be applied to all of the behavioral health disciplines, and the creation of the first comprehensive framework detailing the effect of technology on relationships which has been applied cross-culturally.
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This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.