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AUCD - Pre-Conference Workshop 1:
Telehealth and Related Health Technologies for Behavioral and Mental Health: a Game Changer for Your Center

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Sunday, December 2, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Columbia 3 & 4

Session Description

Organizations providing Disability Health services are in the process of "re-tooling" to adapt to the demands of the information age. 50 years of research confirms technologies can be efficiently used for behavior and mental health uses including psychotherapy, supervision, assessment, and adjunctive treatments. These technologies include telephones, email, cell phones, Internet-based software, videoconferencing, and Behavior Imaging®. Not only can clinicians now reach previously isolated patients remotely, but as controlled studies show, in many cases they can enhance effectiveness while reducing costs.

This workshop will offer an exceptional opportunity for participants to both experience how technologies can supplement disability health services (citing example case studies including autism diagnostics and treatment) while broadening a center's ability to train and supervise its staff & stakeholders - even when they all may be in disparate locations.

This workshop will address boundaries of:

  • Training & supervision
  • Privacy & confidentiality
  • Consent & record keeping
  • Provider & patient education (to prepare both to use Telehealth and patient monotoring technology)
  • Effective 'Telehealth' screening & assessment tools and protocols
  • Emergency backup procedures & reimbursement strategies
  • The role of smartphones and "apps" as well as other forms of self-help online.

To highlight organizations' experience to effectively oversee satellite clinics, traveling clinical staff, and effectively bring health treatment and supervision in to schools, Behavior Imaging® will be highlighted as one health technology application used by different types of organizations. Behavior Imaging has evolved from research funded by National Institutes of Health and was initially applied to help students with autism. Increasingly, applications involving remote assessment, 'web supervision' and consultation have also been successfully demonstrated, and will be illustrated.

Participants should be able to leave the workshop with competency in the following areas:

  1. Intelligently discuss controversial risk management issues in Telehealth.
  2. Identify 3 specific legal, regulatory or ethical issues in Telehealth.
  3. Understand potential uses of Realtime and Store and Forward Telehealth with Disability clinicians, students and clients.
  4. List at least 3 Best Practice considerations for using smartphone "apps" with psychology clients, students, researchers, or practitioners.


Featured Presenter(s)

  • Ron, Marlene & Timothy
    Ron Oberleitner, BS, HIT
    CEO: Behavior Imaging Solutions, Boise, ID   
  • Marlene Maheu PhD
    CEO: Telemental Health Institute, San Diego, CA
  • Timothy Lacy, MD
    President: Stone Consulting; former Chief of Telehealth - US Air Force, Wheaton, MD