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Telehealth: Legal & Ethical Implications for Mental Health Professionals

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Melissa Westendorf, PhD, JD
2 Hours 42 Minutes
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May 20, 2020
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Providing telehealth services is a must for today’s clinician, allowing you to effectively expand your practice and reach clients even when they can’t come to your office.

But complicated ethical, legal and compliance issues can make utilizing telehealth seem risky.

How can you add this valuable tool to your practice without worrying you’ll make a mistake that could cost you your license and your livelihood?

This recording is your first step to becoming a confident and capable telehealth provider!

In just 3 hours you’ll learn how you can:

  • Protect yourself from telehealth mistakes that could cost you your license
  • Stay in compliance with inter-jurisdictional state laws when practising across state lines
  • Avoid violating HIPAA and HITECH requirements and protect clients’ privacy

Feel the confidence of knowing you can legally and ethically get started providing telehealth services!



This online program is worth 2.5 hours CPD.



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Technology Wellness Center

Melissa Westendorf, PhD, JD, is a clinical and forensic psychologist and founder of the Technology Wellness Center. As a clinician, she has provided therapy to adults and adolescents in the community and within the correctional setting. Dr. Westendorf’s forensic practice is dedicated to assessing adults and youth in either the criminal justice system or in civil matters. As a technology wellness expert, she is dedicated to assisting parents, children, adolescents, and adults on understanding the complexities of technology use and the impact on our brains, emotions, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Westendorf’s legal training coupled with her clinical background enables her to work with individuals who are experiencing the legal ramifications of technology use.


As a proactive psychologist and educator, Dr. Westendorf is a keynote speaker at academic institutions, parent organizations, businesses, and community groups, offering preventative tools and resources that educate others on how to manage technology use in a healthy manner. She is the co-author of Unplug! Raising Kids in a Technology Addicted World. She has served on the Committee for Legal Issues for the American Psychological Association and on the Psychology Examining Board for the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Westendorf has been appointed as an expert in high profile legal cases, featuring the psychological ramifications of technology use. Her expertise has been relied upon in a wide variety of articles, podcasts, radio segments, and television programming. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), Wisconsin Public Radio, and ABC’s 20/20. She is a monthly contributor to The Morning Blend.


Speaker Disclosures:
inancial: Melissa Westendorf is the founder of Technology Wellness Center, LLC. and maintains a private practice. She receives compensation as an international trainer. Melissa Westendorf receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Melissa Westendorf is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the American Psychological Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and the International Association of Correctional and Forensic Psychologists.


  1. Analyze the ethical principles and applications of ethical codes for telehealth services.
  2. Determine the HIPAA guidelines and how they apply to telehealth services.
  3. Assess inter-state issues associated with telehealth and how to stay in compliance.


Research about Telehealth Services

  • Here to stay
  • It works
  • Benefits  

Application of Ethical Codes

  • Psychologists, Social Work, Professional Counselors
  • Building competence
  • Technology appropriateness examples


  • HIPAA and Small Providers
  • Violations and why they occur 

State Law applications

  • State Interests for the Pros and Cons for permitting telehealth
  • Cohesive incoherence
    • Examples of statutory guidance
  • Risk Management Guidelines
  • Interjurisdictional practice

Efforts to Improve Telehealth Interjurisdictional Practice

  • PsyPact
  • Others
  • Checklist of questions to determine if you can practice across state lines

Case examples for using various forms of telehealth

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Case Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Nurses and other Healthcare professionals
  • Other Helping Professionals who Work with Children



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 1


Karen G

"Very informative and succinct presentation"

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