Adding Teletherapy to Your Practice:  Setting It Up, Managing Risk, & Working with Insurance

Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

Montpelier

Course Description


 This presentation provides an introduction into the practical elements and legal/ethical issues involved in adding teletherapy to an existing clinical practice.  While there has been greater emphasis on educating psychologists about the efficacy and outcome research on teletherapy, there are fewer resources for psychologists in existing practices to tackle the practical challenges related to adding teletherapy to their list of services.  This training will build on the evidence-based knowledge psychologists have about the efficacy and effectiveness of teletherapy and provide the necessary practical knowledge to assist them in incorporating teletherapy into their practice.  Participants will be taught about important considerations related to interjurisdictional licensing, HIPAA-related privacy concerns, changes to informed consent, and other risk management strategies, so that they can continue to operate within the bounds of our Ethics Code and Vermont laws and regulations as they work to adopt this practice.  Finally, other practical knowledge will be included, such as choosing the necessary equipment and software platforms, how to set up the equipment to maximize their therapeutic effectiveness, considerations for billing insurance for teletherapy.

Conference Schedule


   8:30     Registration


  9:00      Program Begins


10:30     Break (15 minutes)


12:00     Lunch (ON YOUR OWN)


   1:00     Program Resumes


   2:45     Break (15 minutes)


   4:30     Program Ends

Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals.

Jennifer B. Warkentin, Ph.D., is the Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  Her work includes providing professional consultations and educational materials to members, participating in various behavioral health task forces and workgroups, and engaging in legislative, regulatory, and health plan advocacy efforts.  Through her private practice, JBW Psychological Services, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of older adults, as well as trainings and presentations for assisted living and skilled nursing facilities on a range of topics.

Course Objectives


By the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Describe relevant telehealth practice guidelines for psychologists
  • Identify the steps required to set up a telehealth practice
  • Summarize common ethical, legal, and regulatory aspects of telehealth practice
  • Recognize interjurisdictional licensing issues
  • Summarize health plan coverage and payment issues

Presenter:

CE Workshop-December 7, 2018

Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.



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