Why You'll Love This Course

This course isn't built to champion telehealth, or to scare you out of it. It provides direct guidance on some of the key legal and ethical considerations in telehealth practice.

Course Description

Many therapists and counselors are interested in online practice, but reluctant due to concerns about legal and ethical compliance. This course addresses a number of specific legal and ethical issues that can arise in the provision of telehealth, focusing on specific and practical solutions that allow therapists and clients alike a smooth, effective, and compliant telehealth process.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Course Outline

1. Defining telehealth

2. Legal issues

i. Practicing across state lines

ii. Differences between state lines

iii. HIPAA

3. Ethical issues

i. Scope of competence

ii. Informed consent

iii. Risks and benefits

iv. Security and confidentiality

v. Policy needs


Included Resources:

  • Best Practices for Telehealth and Additional Resources

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify resolutions for at least three legal concerns commonly associated with telehealth practice

  • Identify and access at least one best-practices document, beyond statutes and ethics codes, appropriate to the participant's practice

  • Differentiate between therapy and coaching, including risks for therapists who differentiate what they call their service based on the method of delivery


Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT

Education Director, SimplePractice Learning

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#42723). He currently serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. He has taught at the graduate level for more than 15 years, primarily in Law and Ethics, and has written and trained extensively on ethical applications in mental health care. In addition to serving a three-year term on the AAMFT Ethics Committee, Dr. Caldwell served as the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for AAMFT-California for 10 years. He served as Editor for the Users Guide to the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics and is the author of several books, including Saving Psychotherapy and Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs.

Dr. Caldwell led the AAMFT workgroup that developed Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 64 minutes

Topic Area:

Law & Ethics

NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 8: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course presumes basic legal and ethical knowledge surrounding counseling and psychotherapy, but does not presume knowledge specific to legal and ethical issues in telehealth.

Completion Requirements:

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.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Enrollment Period:

90 days

Publication and Review Dates:

Course published: October 19, 2019 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

Click here to see our policies on attendance, refunds, grievances, and accessibility, and other frequently asked questions

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 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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 1 hour 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.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course has been approved by SimplePractice, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1 Hour CE. NAADAC Provider #186410. SimplePractice is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Click here to view our complete CE approval information.