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Digital Seminar

Ethics and Distance Therapy: Navigating the Most Challenging Issues with Teletherapy

Terry Casey, PhD
Approx. 3 Hours
Audio and Video
Jul 27, 2020
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This three-hour training will equip you with essential knowledge, tools, and resources that you need for the ethical and legal provision of distance therapy services and, additionally, will provide an effective method for navigating any type of professional problem or dilemma.

Watch Terry Casey, PhD, ethics expert, and learn what he has identified during his years of experience as the important Six Keys to Distance Therapy as well as other need-to-know ethical, legal, and professional issues pertaining to distance therapy. Using an easy-to-use decision-making method, you will be guided through several distance therapy-related scenarios illustrating how to arrive at ethically and legally sound decisions.

In addition, this seminar provides numerous supplemental resources and links designed to aid you in finding the answers you need beyond the day of the seminar…sign up today!


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Terry Casey, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, HSP health service provider with over 30 years of professional experience, including a 16-year tenure as the director of counseling & psychological services for a non-profit agency with over 30 counselors at over a dozen locations. He is in private practice in Franklin, Tennessee, teaches ethics and professional issues in counseling at Lipscomb University’s graduate program in clinical mental health counseling, and guest lectures at Trevecca Nazarene University’s PhD program in Clinical counseling. Dr. Casey also served for several years as the chair of the ethics committee for the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors’ Association and in an advisory capacity for graduate counseling programs at two universities. He has presented frequently on ethics to organizations such as the American Counseling Association, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, the Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors, and others. For more information, visit his practice website at


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Terry Casey maintains a private practice and is a faculty member of Lipscomb University. He is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Casey receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Terry Casey is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Tennessee Psychological Association, the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association, and others. For a complete list, please contact


  1. Determine how to navigate codes of ethics, laws and licensing rules pertaining to the provision of distance therapy services.
  2. Evaluate the essential ethical and legal-related issues pertaining to the use of distance therapy.
  3. Utilize strategies and methods for avoiding ethical and legal problems as the use of distance therapy evolves.


Navigating Ethical Issues
The Multiple Perspective Model©: An effective and easy-to-use method

Step #1 – Evaluate the problem from the five key perspectives
  • Ethical issues – applicable code(s) of ethics
  • Legal issues – federal laws, state laws & licensing rules
  • Clinical-therapeutic issues
  • Institutional policies
  • Therapist’s variables & issues
Step #2 – Identify, search & review the appropriate code(s) of ethics
  • Foundational principles
  • Standards
  • Glossary or list of definitions
Step #3 – Consultation
  • Consult with colleagues who you know well
  • Consult with professionals who can be fully objective
Step #4 – Decision and documentation – Show your work!
  • Who, what, where & when
  • Narrative descriptions
  • A guide for how to make your decision
Navigating Distance Therapy: The Six Keys to Distance Therapy
Key #1 – Technology must meet HIPAA requirements
  • What HIPAA compliance means
  • Business associates & BAAs
  • When FERPA applies rather than HIPAA
Key #2 – Interjurisdictional practice
  • Authority limits of state licensing boards
  • Therapy for a client/patient who is in another state
  • When the provider is in a state other than the one in which she/he is licensed
Key #3 – Competence
  • State-mandated training requirements
  • Actual competence to practice
Key #4 – Informed Consent
  • Setting up a distance therapy-specific process
  • Topics & issues to include in the process
Key #5 – Institutional / private practice policies
  • The purpose of policies
  • Considerations for writing policies
Key #6 – Insurance related issues
  • Clients’ health insurance policies
  • Coverage for distance therapy
  • Limitations of benefits
  • Provider’s liability insurance: Possible limitations
Distance therapy-related vignettes

Strategies & Methods for Avoiding Ethical and Legal Problems
  • Secure Internet access
  • Importance of business associate agreement (BAA)
  • Telehealth laws app
  • Certification in distance therapy
  • Establish a separate informed consent process
  • A communication and social media policy
  • And lots more…

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Case Managers
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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