• Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Online Therapy

What is online therapy?

Online therapy is a method of delivering therapy, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, or mental health counseling, via the Internet. Online therapy has many different names (e.g., e-therapy, teletherapy, distance therapy, web therapy).

Is online therapy approved?

Yes. Many national organizations approve online therapy:

  •           Online speech therapy is approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  •           Online occupational therapy is approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
  •           Online physical therapy is approved by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
  •           Online mental counseling and other related therapies are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Is online therapy effective?

A large body of research has indicated that online therapy is as effective as in-person therapy. Your provider can discuss this in more detail with you and provide you with specific research outcomes.

How does online therapy work?

To participate in online therapy, you need a computer or a mobile device, an Internet connection, a built-in or external camera and microphone, and headphones. Your teletherapist will schedule an online session and conduct therapy using a teletherapy (telehealth) platform such as TheraPlatform.

Is online therapy secure and private?

Teletherapists should use a secure, HIPAA-compliant and fully encrypted telehealth or teletherapy platform to provide online services. It is teletherapists’ ethical responsibility to ensure that the privacy of their clients is protected. TheraPlatform meets and exceeds all HIPAA standards while general video conferencing tools used by the public, such as Skype, are not HIPAA-compliant.

Does insurance cover online therapy?

Many insurance companies do cover online therapy.  Therapists and their clients should contact insurance companies to verify online therapy coverage. 

3/22/2017

Telepractice (Teletherapy) Basics for Speech and Language Pathologists

Telepractice is the newest addition to the field of speech and language pathology and it has gained popularity over the past three years. It is an exciting and innovating service delivery as it helps to reach individuals in remote or rural areas where speech therapy is sometimes not an option.

1/19/2018

Complying with Federal and State Laws in Online Therapy

Online therapy, or telehealth, is an field that is rapidly evolving. As technology continues to advance, so do the ways in which we are able to deliver therapy. While the rules and regulations are straining to keep up, there are some guidelines that can help therapists to protect themselves as well as their patients. Whether you are a mental health therapist, social worker, behavioral therapist, or speech therapist, if you are interested in doing therapy with your patients online, you will need to do your due diligence to make sure that you remain in compliance.

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