Professional Development | Training—Mental Health Ethics and the Provision of Telemental Services: A Detailed Overview for Mental Health Clinicians

Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 9:45 am  4:30 pm
Location: hosted at UMCH,  500 S. Columbia Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Fee: $100.00 (50% discount offered to Together Georgia members)
CEU hours: 
Applied for 6 hours Tele-Mental Health

Program Overview: Attendees in this training will be presented the core components of an effective TeleMental Health practice. 

Objectives of the Program: 

  • Participants will understand the definitions, provisions, and requirements set forth by GA Composite Board (Rule 135-11-.01, TeleMental Health) and the Office of Health and Human Services, HSS (HIPAA and High-Tech Act of 2010, Final Omnibus Rule of March 2013), and the technical guidelines set forth by NASW, LPCA and EAPA.  
  • 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our clients' protected health information, PHI, to insure maximum security while minimizing exposure to litigation for outdated practices and/or "willful neglect".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.  
  • 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.  
  • 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 Telementall health services. 
  • Apply course content to the participants' clinical skills through the use of the training materials in discussions, exercises and role plays based in the course content and materials. 


About the Trainer: Charles D. Safford, LCSW has over 30 years of experience as a clinical social worker. He is the creator and President of a national continuing education company.  He has over 20 years experience as a training developer,  trainer and consultant, utilizing innovative and leading edge techniques.

Target Audience: Licensed clinicians

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