7 ​Irrefutable ​Reasons Online Therapists Can Legally ​& Ethically Work from ​Home

Top Quote The innovations in technology has bridged the gap between service users and providers from various industries, with telehealth rapidly becoming a popular way of receiving medical/paramedical consultations. Learn ethical and legal guidelines that will help mental health practitioners start a telemental health practice from their own homes, from Dr Marlene Maheu, a pioneer in the field of telehealth. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 23, 2015 - San Diego, California - An often undiscussed benefit of telehealth practice is the ability for many professionals to work from home. Especially in behavioral care, telehealth practitioners are able to see a few clients or patients, start dinner, tend to their children's homework, enjoy their hobbies, and even travel while maintaining a full practice from their den or extra room. Such telepractice can dramatically lower office overhead expenses by doing away with part or all commuter travel, office leasing fees, janitorial fees, and more.

    However, many well-trained clinicians raise a number of legitimate concerns about home-based practice. Which laws come into play? Which ethics codes? What about malpractice insurance? Other requirements? Internationally respected telemental health author, researcher and trainer, Marlene M. Maheu, PhD will offer a 1-hour webinar titled "7 ​Irrefutable ​Reasons Online Therapists Can Legally ​& Ethically Work from ​Home" on June 29th. The webinar will be fully recorded for later viewing by all interested parties: http://telehealth.org/webinar/home/

    Rapidly evolving innovation in technology is bridging the gap between providers and patients. Online therapy and telemental health practice are growing in popularity and convenience. Yet, new questions haunt many telepractitioners, including, What are the legal or ethical issues I have to keep in mind before I start my telemental health practice from my home? and, Should I trust the letter I received from a company offering me an online job?" According to Marlene M. Maheu, PhD, Executive Director of the Telemental Health Institute, Inc., aspiring behavioral telehealth practitioners should learn about the science supporting telemental health before making any decisions. She continued, Not everything you see is gold, and in the online therapy world, the real gold is based in science rather than wishful thinking. There are many evidence-based models that meet all required legal and ethical mandates, and are financially successful when practiced from a clinician's home. Given the sensitive nature of our work, special precautions are required for such practice, however.

    Dr. Maheu has been a pioneer in telehealth research and training since 1994. She has dedicated much of her professional life to understanding and documenting the evidence supporting behavioral telehealth and technology. She has trained more than 12,000 professionals from 39 countries to work with technology in behavioral care. Her specialty is to help clinicians manage their risk with legal and ethical approaches to telemental health.

    In this 1-hour webinar, Dr. Maheu shares her expertise with professionals who wish to provide home-based behavioral telehealth services from their home. She will outline how clinicians with such practices can serve more people, lower their costs, and work from the comfort of their homes. Dr Maheu will explain how federal HIPAA & HITECH agencies, regulatory boards, professional associations, malpractice carriers, reimbursement sources and clients/patients view home-based counseling/therapy practice -- and give you a number of strategies to help you start your own home-based practice both legally and ethically.

    The TeleMental Health Institute's webinar, 7 Irrefutable Reasons Online Therapists Can Legally & Ethically Work from Home" is available live on 29th June 2015 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific time. This event is being offered for the low cost of $35 and includes the recording of the event which you can access anytime you want, webinar handouts, presentation slides, and 1-CE Hour for most behavioral disciplines. Register today at http://telehealth.org/webinar/home/

    The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. is specialized in behavioral telehealth consultation, training and staffing. It is dedicated to providing support for planning, launching and thriving with telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, and behavioral telehealth and mhealth. TMHI's team of experienced consultants can help you with planning, reimbursement, technology choices, legal and ethical risk management and staff development/placement. TMHI also consults with start-up technology companies seeking to develop new verticals in the behavioral health space.

    Contact: http://telehealth.org/contact

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