Leading the Way in
Developing
Telepsychology Guidelines
THE COMMUNICATIONS AND
TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE OHIO PSYCHOLOGICAL
ASSOCIATION
Mission
“TO PROPOSE A SET OF FLEXIBLE AND
W O R K A B L E G U I D E LI N E S T H A T C A N B E
APPLIED BY PSYCHOLOGISTS WHEN
PROVIDING TELEPSYCHOLOGY SERVICES. . .
T H E Y A R E I N T E N DE D T O B E A P P L I C A B L E T O
A N Y P S Y C H O LO GI C A L S E R V I C E S P R O V I D E D
U S I N G C O M M U NI C A T I O N T E C H N O L O G Y . ”
What is Telepsychology?
TELEPSYCHOLOGY IS THE PROVISION OF
NON-FACE-TO-FACE PSYCHOLOGICAL
SERVICES BY DISTANCE COMMUNICATION
TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS TELEPHONE,
EMAIL, CHAT AND VIDEOCONFERENCING.
Why Telepsychology Guidelines?
• L E G A L & R E G U L A T O R Y A C C O U NT A B I L I T Y
APA Code of Ethics but no guidelines for
electronic communications
• PUBLIC BENEFIT
• PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE
Guidelines Development
Process
1. REVIEW OF RELEVANT
GUIDELINES AND
STANDARDS
Relevant Telehealth
Guidelines and Standards
• I NTER NATIONAL S O CIETY M E NTAL
HE ALTH O NLINE
• A M ERICAN CO UNSELING A S SOCIATION
• NA T IONAL B O A RD O F CE RTIFIED
CO UNSELORS
• A MERICAN M E NTAL HE ALTH
CO UNSELORS A S SOCIATION
Guidelines Development
Process
2. DEVELOP DRAFT AND SUBMIT
TO OPA BOARD FOR INITIAL
COMMENTS
Integrating Draft Guidelines with
APA Recommendations
 Review APA Recommendations for
guidelines
 Utilize their checklist for practice
guidelines
 Demonstrating respect for human
rights and dignity
 Avoidance of bias
Title of Guideline: ______________________________
Reviewed:___________________
Reviewer:___________________
Yes Somewhat No Unable to Answer Comments
.
Outline Elements
1. Is there an
adequate
statement of the
problem?
2. Is there a
statement
distinguishing
between standards
and guidelines?
3. Are the users of
the practice
guidelines
explicitly
identified?
Guidelines Development
Process
3 SUBMIT REVISED DRAFT TO
STATE ASSOCIATION
MEMBERSHIP AND OTHER
INTERESTED PARTIES FOR
COMMENTS
Draft Distribution
 STATE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
 STATE PSYCHOLOGY LICENSING BOARD
 ALL OTHER STATE PSYCHOLOGICAL
ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
 NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY ON NATIONAL
PSYCHOLOGY LISTSERV
 ANYONE REQUESTING A COPY
Guidelines Development
Process
4 . REVIEW COMMENTS AND SUBMIT
DRAFT TO STATE ASSOCIATION
BOARD FOR REVIEW AND APPROVAL
Draft Guidelines - 1
 APPROPRIATE USE OF
TELEPSYCHOLOGY
 LEGAL & ETHICAL REQUIREMENTS
 INFORMED CONSENT
 DISCLOSURES
Draft Guidelines - 2
 SECURE COMMUNICATIONS/
ELECTRONIC TRANSFER OF CLIENT
INFORMATION
 ACCESS TO AND STORAGE OF
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION
 FEES & FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Guidelines Development Process
5. Approval and distribution
6. Continued evaluation
Guidelines are available for
download at the OPA Website:
http://www.ohpsych.org
Contact Information:
[email protected]
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