Supervision & Ethics in Telemental Health Counseling
This workshop provides definition and direction for Clinical Supervisors in two essential areas of TeleMental Health Counseling (TMHC): 1) How to effectively, ethically, and legally provide clinical supervision using technology-assisted delivery and 2) How to effectively, ethically, and legally supervise clinicians using TMHC as part of their clinical practice. The Georgia Composite Board Rule 135-11-01 requires that in addition to having knowledge of the rules 8 components, clinical supervisors be competent in applying best practices in clinical supervision, to TMHC.
Learning Objectives and Outcomes:
At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Articulate and discuss TMHC competencies as outlined by the Georgia Composite Board in rule 135-11-01, the Telemedicine Act 2010, and the Health Information Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) as foundational to the delivery of TMHC and TMHC supervision
- Explain the intricacies of online relationships, the drawbacks of non face-to-face interactions and ways in which technology-based clinical practice and clinical supervision can be conducted safely, within boundaries of competence, ethically, legally, and effectively.
- Outline for supervisees an effective, ethical, and legal framework for engaging in TMHC that includes but is not limited to accurate representation of themselves and skillset appropriate ways to verify client or supervisee identity and contact information, and create protected documentation appropriate for TMHC and supervision.
- Ensure that supervisees have knowledge and proficient technological skills to provide TMHC including but not limited to how to secure, store, and transfer client personal health information (PHI).
- Assess a supervisees risk analysis, risk management plan, and emergency plan for TMHC
- Create informed consent forms for TMHC and TMHC supervision.
- Explain and discuss ethical and legal guidelines for TMHC and TMHC supervision.