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Conducting Ethical Telemental Health Counseling- Online Live Course
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3/31/2020 to 4/2/2020
When: Tuesday, March 31, Wednesday, April 1, Thursday, April 2
9am-12:15pm, each day
Where: Online Live Stream
United States
Contact: Danielle Smith

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Conducting Ethical Telemental Health Counseling


9-Hour training over three days

9am-12pm- Tuesday, March 31

9am-12pm- Wednesday, April 1

9am-12pm- Thursday, April 2

(We are unable to record sessions. You will need to be able to view all three live. If you cannot watch one session live a replacement session may be offered later)


9 CEUs, for social workers and counselors, includes ethics



$100 for NASW members, $140 for Non-Members


Optional- you can choose to purchase a 50 page e-book on everything you need to know to start in telehealth for an additional $40

Course Description 

Presenting a nine-hour conference over three days on how to provide best practices telemental health (TMH) counseling from the point of pre-screening clients for the appropriateness of this service delivery model, to assessment, through individua sessions, to the point of termination, including important ethical issues related to privacy and confidentiality using e-communication devices. This program will provide the trainee with experiential learning using best practices forms, templates, systems and structures for ethical telemental health practice and prepare the trainee for engaging in competent TMH practice. 

Course Objectives 

  • Understand the definitions, provisions, and requirements for Telemental Health set forth by the Office of Health and Human Services, HSS (HIPAA and High-Tech Act, Final Omnibus Rule of March 2013), the guidelines set forth by NASW, LPCA and EAPA, and technical guidelines as established by the American Telemedicine Association and the International Society for Telemental Health Online.
  • Grasp the competencies necessary for providing ethical practice within today’s high-tech world including the use of cellular telephones, emails, video conferencing and related technologies. 
  • Comprehend the importance of confidentiality of our client’s protected health information, PHI, to ensure maximum security while minimizing exposure to litigation for outdated practices and/or “willful neglect”. 
  • Identify specific client groups that may necessitate the use of TeleMental Health services.
  • Know the indications and contraindications of client selections for possible provision of Distance Counseling services based on their diagnosis, technical skills and other important factors. 
  • Comprehend the components of the ethical decision making process, including stage of ethical decision making, models of ethical decision making, and the ethical decision process worksheet, as applied to the ethical use of Telemental health services.
  • Comprehend the essential back-up resources and systems necessary to conduct ethical distance counseling services.
  • Apply systematic approach to best practices in telemental health from point of first contact to point of termination.
  • Integrate important improvements in clinical protocols including but not limited to informed consent, client forms, releases of information, use of encrypted and unencrypted emails and other important procedures for an effective and ethical practice. 
  • Learn best practices in crisis management when engaging in telemental health services.
  • Utilize best practices forms and templates for effective telemental health practice
  • Understand the key competencies of effective telemental health services.
  • Understand the key clinical and ethical issues related to effective termination when using telemental health services.
  • Comprehend how to select the telemental health model(s) that is best for you.
  • Apply course content to the participant’s clinical skills through the use of the training materials in discussions, exercises and role plays based in the course content and materials

All three days of the conference will include interactive scenario analysis, interactive role playing, and the practice of techniques incorporating knowledge from the presentation of material 


Bios of Presenters

Charlie Safford, LCSW is the founder and President of, Inc., a knowledge company that works with professional organizations such as LPCA and NASW GA to provide continuing education curriculum to social workers, professional counselors and other mental health clinicians nationwide. He has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and coach, with over 25 years of experience developing and delivering best practices training programs for business and mental health audiences. 


Ken Scroggs, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, CEAP, DCC is the founder and President of North Pines Center and EAP Works. He has over 40 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and coach, extensive experience in training development and training in the field of mental health.   

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