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Telebehavioral Health Legal & Ethical Best Practices: Dos and Dont's
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Telebehavioral Health Legal & Ethical Best Practices: Dos and Dont's

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
Where: Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N. 25th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona  85021
United States
Contact: Arizona Psychological Association

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Telebehavioral Health Legal & Ethical Best Practices: Dos and Dont's

Presented by: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.


The presenter will define telebehavioral health terminology, introduce basic concepts, review the research history; outline risks and benefits and be introduced to the Online Clinical Practice Management (OCPM) model of best practices. Meta-analyses will be reviewed as per recent data accumulated by Hilty and colleagues (2014); Godleski and colleagues (2013) and others. Studies reviewing effective online treatments for depression have undergone meta-analytic review (Mishkin and Colleagues, 2014).  Participants will be given a list of vendors who offer HIPAA compliant video conferencing other technologies. They will also be given access to more than 1,000 evidence-based references of direct relevance.

Learning Objective

  • Identify at least 3 basic definitions used in telemental/telebehavioral health
  • Intelligently discuss at least 3 primary legal concerns to be addressed in telemental health 
  • Intelligently discuss at least 3 primary ethical concerns to be addressed in telemental health
  • Describe at least 2 issues of relevance to practicing over state lines
  • Identify which of the many technologies used today meets HIPAA, HITECH and PIPEDA requirements
  • Identify which of the technologies (video, email, text messaging, phone) used today is preferred by insurance companies and why
  • Show where to access more than 1,000 searchable evidence-based references for telemental/telebehavioral health

Speaker Biography

Dr. Marlene Maheu started delivering her first telehealth service in 1994. Donned the “telepsychology visionary” by former APA President Pat DeLeon, PhD, JD, MPH, she is a consultant, researcher, author, and trainer. Dr. Maheu trains professionals interested in legal and ethical best practices related to telehealth and various technologies. She serves as the Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc., where she oversees professional training in telebehavioral health via an eLearning platform that has served behavioral clinicians from 73 countries.

For more than twenty years then, Dr. Maheu’s focus has been on legal and ethical risk management related to the use of technologies to better serve behavioral health clients and patients. She has served on a dozen professional association committees, task forces and work groups related to advancing telebehavioral health as well as establishing standards and guidelines for telebehavioral health. She has written dozens of peer-reviewed articles and is the lead author of multiple telehealth textbooks.

As Faculty Associate of the Nicholas A. Cummings Doctor of Behavioral Health Program, School of Health Solutions, she teaches doctoral students how to work with technology as behavioral health professionals. As Editor-in-Chief of the Telebehavioral Health News, she oversees the publication of a weekly newsletter and providing a community blog as free educational services to help TBHI’s community of more than 14,000 licensed professionals. From 1994-2016, she was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SelfhelpMagazine, an online portal that supported millions of consumers worldwide.

As the Co-Founder and President of the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS) from 2011 to the present, she has led the nonprofit organization through several initiatives to responsibly advance the use of technology in the behavioral sciences. The initiatives include the development of interdisciplinary Telebehavioral Health Competencies and the launch of the Journal for Technology in Behavioral Science (JTiBS), which is funded and published by Springer Publishing. CTiBS is also focused on developing credentialing for telebehavioral health practitioners.

CE Credits
6 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Registration and Breakfast 
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM                              
Program with hour long lunch 
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Meals are included in ticket cost. 

Ticket Cost
Full                                         $200
Student/Postdoc/Retired        $100


Professional                           $275

Student/Postdoc/Retired        $150



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If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Jessica Painter. 
Phone: 480.675.9477


Sponsored By: 

In partnership with: 

Scottsdale Psychological Society

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