Managing risks of telepsychology

Many psychologists are eager to use technology to enhance their practices, and the field of telepsychology is quickly gaining popularity. Clients and providers alike often value the convenience of using videoconferencing technology for the provision of mental health services, but as with all emerging interventions, there can be risks. This article will provide a brief […]

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  • VA’s telehealth rule raises licensing concerns

    A sweeping move by the Veterans Administration to permit staff psychologists to conduct telemental health sessions with veterans across state lines is generating mixed reactions and perplexing questions. The VA finalized the rule effective June 11 to permit VA psychologists and other health professionals to use technology, such as video conferencing, to perform or facilitate […]

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  • Ethics for Psychologists: Laws/Rules Vary for Telepsychology Practice

    Psychologists are increasingly incorporating the use of technology to provide a wide range of services.  Older technologies such as telephones and facsimile machines have been used for decades but more often use of newer technologies such as teleconferencing, email or texting are becoming common practice. Psychological services provided via telecommunications or telepsychology can include not […]

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  • Social Media and Mental Health

    What would you be doing right now if social media did not exist? There are still some that have not succumbed to the dynamic world of relationship building, sharing, following, messaging, promoting etc. via social media. However, the vast majority (roughly 81 percent) of the U.S. population has at least one social media account, and […]

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  • Telebehavioral Health is Psychology’s Future

    The practice of having psychologists treat patients in different cities via teleconferencing is not only becoming more common, research is also proving it is more beneficial in some cases. And, thanks to the recent approval from two states this year, the practice of treating patients via teleconferencing across state lines also is moving closer to […]

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  • Consider Risks when Contracting with Businesses Offering Online Psychotherapy

    Businesses offering online psychotherapy have been growing in recent years. For clients, they promise easy connection with an array of psychotherapists, efficiency, convenience and pay-as-you-go service (e.g., through a credit card). For private practice mental health providers, these businesses offer the potential to fill open time, grow one’s practice, widen the reach of the provider’s […]

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  • Ethics of Technology and Clinician Responsibility

    Rapid advances in technology are everywhere, including in the field of clinical assessment. These changes have prompted many clinicians to ask the question, “Will technology soon take the place of the clinician in assessment?” Although recent technological advances now improve adherence to standard administration procedures, accuracy in scoring and allow clinicians to conduct near-seamless digital […]

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  • Protect Yourself from Ransomware

    What is ransomware? Bad guys access your computer when, in an email, you click a hotlink that appears trustworthy because it came from a friend, your job or your mailing lists. The page that opens installs a Trojan (like the horse) program that uses the cybercriminals’ key to encrypt your files and sometimes the OS […]

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  • New App Easing Behavioral/Medical Integration

    If behavioral and medical specialists agree that there needs to be more integration of patient information, why is information commonly still delayed – if it is shared at all – between the two professions? It is a question many psychologists ponder, but few have done anything about until now. A group of practitioners with the […]

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  • Brain Hacking: Tech Companies Hijack Your Attention

    Recently I was filmed for a 60 Minutes segment called “Brain Hacking” where Anderson Cooper interviewed four experts who deal with how technology captures your attention. The piece was interesting and is, of course, available online for your viewing pleasure. SPOILER ALERT: The piece will leave you feeling a bit leery of how tech companies […]

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