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How Does Teletherapy Fundamentally Change Our Practice? Implications for Ethical, Practical & Multicultural Practice Competence

  • March 19, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Video Conference
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COVID-19 thrust teletherapy from a place of “optionalness,” as treated by standards of care, to a place of absolute necessity for public health. While therapists across the US have worked hard to adjust to this new reality, there is room for deeper exploration of skills and concepts. Specifically, this program will cover some basic-intermediate skills in the delivery of teletherapy via videoconferencing and explore complex ethical dilemmas facing teletherapists today, such as cross-border practice and expectations regarding therapist competence. We will also explore how teletherapy exposes unique needs for multicultural competence, especially when we conceptualize teletherapy as a virtual way of performing “home visits.”


Learning Objectives

  • Describe how to use posture, clothing, lighting, camera placement, and microphone placement for teletherapy sessions in a way that meets the standard of care for delivery of professional therapy services.
  • Describe the main ethical problems posed by cross-jurisdictional practice, assessment of client appropriateness for teletherapy, and other ethical issues that arise during the training.
  • Describe how teletherapy to the client's home impacts cultural considerations around privacy, content and process of sessions, and other related considerations.
  • Describe pandemic-specific considerations related to teletherapy.



    Roy Huggins, LPC NCC, is a counselor in private practice who also directs Person-Centered Tech. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths and makes it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions.

    Roy is an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program where he teaches Ethics and is a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security, and clinical use of technology for Counseling licensure boards, and both state and national mental health professional organizations. He has co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice. He served for 5 years on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and then the Oregon Counseling Association as the Technology Committee Chair.

    CEUs offered: 3 ethics ceu's


    Friday, March 19, 2021

    Program: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, (pst)

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