Presenters: Sandnes S. Boulanger, LCSW, MCAP, Clinical Director, Operation PAR, Inc.
Maryellen Evers, LCSW, CAADC
Given recent public health concerns and the importance of social distancing, substance use disorders (SUDs) treatment and recovery support providers are seeking viable alternatives to in-person service delivery. The use of technology through a web-based videoconferencing platform in a synchronous manner (often called telehealth or telemental health) offers one solution. Recent research confirms high levels of patient satisfaction with mental health and substance abuse services delivered via videoconferencing, along with positive treatment outcomes. Most importantly, the skills and knowledge required for delivering treatment and recovery services through videoconferencing are different than those used for conducting business meetings online.
This webinar will provide an overview of the essentials of videoconferencing with patients/peers, including:
- a clinical/support session checklist;
- a review of legal, ethical, and patient/peer safety concerns; and
- privacy/security and confidentiality issues.