Future of Telehealth and Telepsychology in Psychological Research and Practice

CE Credit: 2

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Length: 110 minutes

Session offered by Division 42.

Many psychologists are reluctant to adopt the new technologies for clinical care. This reluctance is largely due to lack of exposure to the sizable body of scientific research supporting such care, as well as reasonable applications for the average independent practitioner. This presentation then, is designed to expose our audience to helpful ways of thinking about and including technology in a typical psychotherapy practice. Researcher Dr. Skip Rizzo will outline the history of virtual reality (VR) technology as originating with PTSD and the rapid expansion of supporting research to successfully assisting with over a dozen clinical areas, from alcoholism to child abuse. He will demonstrate how the average clinician can greatly increase the types of clients and range of issues served with VR.

From his international perspective as an Australian psychologist and a technology leader at the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Les Posen is uniquely qualified to shed light on technology adoption's challenges and solutions.

He will inspire our members with one of his renown multi-media presentations, focusing on ethical issues recently adopted by the APS for internet use, and the relevance of those guidelines upon clinical work for independent practitioners in the United States. Demonstrating a variety of technologies , he will explore the theme of how, when and why to think about technology and its impact on the practice of psychology. Dr. Myron Pulier will discuss the importance of patient education, with particular emphasis on connecting with psychotherapy patients through technology. He will offer optimal ways of proceeding legally and ethically, such as obtaining informed consent; boundaries; collaboration with “medical” health care providers ; smoothly integrating patient, family, professionals and semi-professionals into a treatment team; making the best of telehealth-induced alterations of power in therapeutic relationships when working through technology and related issues.

Learning Objective 1
Name two practical ways I can begin using technology to improve my effectiveness as a practitioner in the next 30 days.

Learning Objective 2
Identify four clinical problem areas currently found to be significantly improved using virtual reality (VR) technology available using a computer in a typical psychotherapy office.


Presenters: Marlene M. Maheu, PhD (Chair); Joseph P. McMenamin, JD, MD; Melinda Mueller, PsyD; Leslie Posen, PhD; Myron Pulier, MD; and Albert Rizzo, PhD

Supplementary Materials

  • Posen APA Sat August 6 2011
  • Pulier-3034FutureofTelehealthRefs