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Guidelines for the practice of Telepsychology

Name: Guidelines for the practice of Telepsychology

Identifier: Not Applicable

Issuing Organisation: American Psychological Association

Country: USA

Language: English

Organization website (opens in new window): http://www.apapracticecentral.org/

Link to standard (opens in new window): http://www.apapracticecentral.org/ce/guidelines/telepsychology-guidelines.pdf?_ga=2.115831439.849454842.1538050892-1300561466.1538050892

Availability: Free to Access

Type: Guide

Issue Year: 2013

Forward Review Date: Not known

Fields: Communication and Information  Digital Health  Engagement, Inclusion and Citizenship  Health and Wellbeing 

Intended Audiences: Older People, Carers, Third (Voluntary) Sector Bodies, Private Sector Bodies, Professional and Trade Bodies, and Governmental and Public Sector Bodies

Abstract:

These guidelines are designed to address the developing area of psychological service provision commonly known as telepsychology. Telepsychology is defined, for the purpose of these guidelines, as the provision of psychological services using telecommunication technologies as expounded in the “Definition of Telepsychology.” The expanding role of technology in the provision of psychological services and the continuous development of new technologies that may be useful in the practice of psychology present unique opportunities, considerations and challenges to practice. With the advancement of technology and the increased number of psychologists using technology in their practices, these guidelines have been prepared to educate and guide them.

These guidelines are meant to assist psychologists as they apply current standards of professional practice when utilising telecommunication technologies as a means of delivering their professional services. They are not intended to change any scope of practice or define the practice of any group of psychologists.

The practice of telepsychology involves consideration of legal requirements, ethical standards, telecommunication technologies, intra- and interagency policies, and other external constraints, as well as the demands of the particular professional context.

Telecommunication technologies include but are not limited to telephone, mobile devices, interactive videoconferencing, email, chat, text, and Internet (e.g., self-help websites, blogs, and social media).

 

Relevance to Active and Healthy Ageing:

Older Person Specific: No

Usage / Adoption status: Not known

Comments:

Different technologies may be used in various combinations and for different purposes during the provision of telepsychology services.

 

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