Several app-based platforms have emerged as options for clients seeking mental health care. While app-based care appears to improve access to care for rural and other populations, concerns have also been expressed about the role of these apps in therapist-client relationships. Some apps have been accused of data mining and other potentially harmful practices. Are the ethical tradeoffs worth it? What is the therapist’s responsibility when it comes to the policies and practices of a digital platform they’re providing services through? This course takes a dive into reasons why therapist may place themselves at risk when providing app-based therapy services, while also honoring the good reasons why they may choose to do so.
2 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
Identify at least two differences between therapy via app and other forms of telehealth
Describe at least two ethical arguments for, and two ethical arguments against, providing mental health services to clients through third-party apps
Describe at least two controversies surrounding apps’ impacts on therapist legal and ethical compliance
1. Current therapy apps
a. APA vs Talkspace: Does Talkspace offer “therapy”?
b. Crisis response
c. Practicing across state lines
3. Ethical standards and best practices surrounding use of technology in mental health care
4. Potential benefits
a. Access to care
b. Cost and convenience
5. Potential concerns
a. Privacy concerns
b. Data mining concerns
c. Impacts on the therapeutic relationship
6. Future state
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 122 minutes.
Law and Ethics
To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: March 7, 2022
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
The presenter served as Chair of the SimplePractice Learning Curriculum Committee and Education Director for SimplePractice Learning. In accordance with our policy, he was recused from committee discussion and decision-making regarding this course. Content decisions are made at the committee level.
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Continuing Education Approvals:
SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 2 hours of continuing education (2 CE credits) for psychologists.
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SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.
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This course is not part of our NAADAC-approved continuing education program.