Each state in the United States has a set of teletherapy laws and regulations that direct psychologists in their line of work. More importantly, they offer a legal framework for the use of telecommunication technology, which evolves continuously.
Unlike face-to-face practice, teletherapy practice attracts patients across different states. With that in mind, psychologists need to be aware and compliant with the laws that govern their practice within and across jurisdictions and international boundaries.
Remote psychologists who comply with relevant teletherapy laws avoid potential legal issues, which can boost patients’ confidence.
Here’s what you need to know about teletherapy laws.
Psychologists must know relevant laws and regulations that address their work within and between jurisdictions.
Here are a few guidelines for compliance:
Psychologists who embrace international teletherapy enjoy several opportunities. The practice also benefits clients who cannot access their regular face-to-face therapists for various reasons.
Opportunities from international teletherapy practice include enhanced flexibility, continued care during crises, international collaboration, and improved access to therapy.
While there are boundless opportunities, psychologists who offer international teletherapy face the following challenges:
To safely navigate the international teletherapy space, psychologists should be concerned about supervision and the use of technological platforms in conformity with ethical codes.
Below are a few ethical guidelines:
A psychologist must strive to live up to the ethical and professional standard of care and practice. They should also live up to the rules from the beginning and through the teletherapy session.
Since technology in therapy is relatively new, psychologists are encouraged to evaluate their suitability in telepsychology practice keenly.
Compliance with teletherapy laws and regulations means patients get improved access to care with better outcomes. It also results in fewer legal issues resulting in uninterrupted care for patients.
At MindVibe, we are guided by teletherapy laws and regulations, which help us provide quality and legitimate care to our patients.
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