The Ethics of TeleMental Health: The New Era of Technology-Assisted Media

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  • Friday, January 31, 2020
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 6 Ethics or Core Continuing Education Clock Hours (Includes 6 TeleMental Health Hours and satisfies the Composite Board requirements for the state of Georgia)
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn (3045 Windy Hill Rd., Atlanta, GA 30339)
  • Investment: $135 before January 17, $155 after

Presented by: Becky Beaton, Ph.D. (

Dr. Beaton has been on the Georgia Psychological Association's Ethics Committee for seven years and Ethics Chair since July 2014. She was also the Ethics Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) for two years and has taught numerous ethics workshops over the past 17 years.  You may have seen her on one of the 60 episodes that she filmed as the featured psychologist on TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive." She has also made recent appearances on The Anderson Cooper Show, Good Morning America, and CNN Headline News.  Additionally, Dr. Beaton is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute in Atlanta. Her primary passion is teaching and mentoring. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for both Emory and Georgia State Universities, and Dr. Beaton was voted Counselor Educator of the Year by LPCA-GA in 2005 and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Workshop Description:

The use of "technology-assisted media" in the delivery of mental health services (or TeleMental Health) has generated a lot of confusion and controversy.  First of all, many therapists are confused about what even constitutes TeleMental Health, which is much more far-reaching than many people realized. Basically, if a device requires electricity and you're using it to deliver mental health care, you're practicing TeleMental Health. This includes, phones (voice and texts), computers & tablets (email, billing, or storage of files), fax machines, the Internet (cloud storage of records, billing transactions, video-conferencing, or even recommending apps and websites to clients). There are also a multitude of ethical issues and requirements related to each of these options, and every therapist's ethics code now states we need training in TeleMental Health. This is why Georgia's Composite Board recently passed a law requiring masters level therapists to complete six hours of training in TeleMental Health. Additionally, the Georgia Board of Psychology has also written a law that is just awaiting passage. Georgia is a model state for TeleMental Health law and regulations, and Dr. Beaton will provide information and resources for all 50 states. This workshop will help clarify numerous concerns and address the ethical requirements and considerations we all need to be making.

Educational Objectives:

  • Explain what constitutes "TeleMental Health" and "Technology-Assisted Media."
  • Describe how the  HIPAA Business Associate Agreement fits into the HIPAA Security Ruling as it pertains to Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI) and what you need to know about protecting your electronic transactions and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Review evidence regarding the benefits and limitations of TeleMental Health services as well as relevant research pertaining to effectiveness.
  • Assess the dangers of practicing across state lines and the options available to do so legally.
  • Identify HIPAA compatible video, texting, and emailing and where to go to stay up on the most recent options.
  • Summarize what you need to include in your Informed Consent to Treatment if you're practicing TeleMental Health (which does include using the telephone for crisis calls and even recommending apps and websites).
  • Demonstrate ways to respond to and manage emergencies, including a thorough assessment of client fit for technology-assisted media.
  • Explain important TeleMental Health details such as verifying a client's identity and how to bill appropriately for your services.
  • Identify the TeleMental Health issues related to recommending Apps and Websites and how to do so ethically.
  • Discuss the ethical considerations of Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google searches.


  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Granola Bars Served)
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch Break (Lunch is on Your Own)
  • 1:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Session
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 4:30 - 4:45 Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

What people are saying about Dr. Beaton's Ethics & TeleMental Health workshops:

  • "I learned more about TeleMental Health in 3 hours with Dr. Beaton than I did in 6 hours at another workshop. I can't wait for her 6 hour training!" A.B.
  • "Great presenter - energetic, funny, & amazingly well-informed" - C.H.
  • "Becky's presentations are always interesting and informative. There is always something new that I learn, even after 30 years of practice!" - N.M.
  • "Truly the most thorough and helpful ethics course I have ever attended." C.G.
  • "So good! Best, most informative ethics class I've done!" E.B.
  • "I was EXTREMELY impressed by Dr. Beaton. Her deep, extensive knowledge, outgoing and engaging personality made this workshop one of the BEST I've ever been to!" E.H.
  • "Loved the animal pictures in the PowerPoint & appreciate Becky throwing in real life examples/experiences to maintain our interest & help with understanding/comprehension!" T.M.
  • "Becky Beaton is a fantastic presenter. The Best!" H.V.
  • "Becky is engaging, funny, & knowledgeable." R.T.
  • "I love your personality! Your laugh is very contagious. You are able to present boring material in a very interesting and educational way!" P.T.
  • "Most important training I've had in years. Becky, as usual, was superior and enjoyable in her presentation." P.T.

6 Ethics or Core CE Clock Hours by:

  • Psychologists: The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Counselors: ASMI is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for six ethics continuing education hours for social workers.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for six ethics or core continuing education hours for marriage and family therapists.

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