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....
The practice of telemental health is rapidly growing. As its popularity and availability increase, the expectations for its practice grow with it.
Traditional standards of practice were established around the in-person therapy model. Now that telemental health has arrived, adherence to those standards and practices is being challenged and redefined. Regardless of the mode of service delivery, one thing remains constant: adherence to ethical practices and professionalism remain the same.
There’s no question, telemental health is changing the way mental health services are delivered. Research has consistently proven its effectiveness in treating a vast array of mental health disorders with a variety of populations. But so have face-to-face mental health services.
Telemental health offers a number of advantages that traditional, in-person therapy delivery may not. And, these advantages can benefit both the client and the clinician.