This book works as a guide to videoconferencing practice for psychological providers through a broad, simplified, and practical overview of pertinent factors. It is a consolidation of research literature and professional experiences of practicing, teaching, and studying videoconferencing.
It begins by defining key concepts such as telehealth, telepsychology, and other related terminology and examining the role of telehealth in addressing ongoing mental health disparities. An overview of existing videoconferencing practices, guidebooks and general recommendations, as well as specifics of ethical and legal factors are discussed. The book then details numerous essential factors of videoconferencing practice that are directly applicable to psychological care, including considerations of computer system, video camera, display screen, microphone, videoconferencing platform, bandwidth and latency, and room setup, along with self-care practices. The appendices provide readers with links to resources, checklists, and other documents to guide their practice.
Psychologists, counselors, and other mental health providers will find this user-friendly, research-informed guide indispensable when implementing online treatment and teletherapy.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Appendices
Chapter 1 – Defining Telehealth, Telepsychology, and Associated Terms
Chapter 2 - Mental Health Disparity and the Utility of Videoconferencing Telepsychology
Chapter 3 – Guidebooks and Recommendations for Ethical and Legal Practice
Chapter 4 – Factors to Consider in Order to Ensure an Ethical and Legal Videoconferencing Practice
Chapter 5 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Overview
Chapter 6 – Videoconferencing Logistics: System Considerations
Chapter 7 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Video Camera Considerations
Chapter 8 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Display Screen Considerations
Chapter 9 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Microphone Considerations
Chapter 10 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Videoconferencing Platform Considerations
Chapter 11 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Bandwidth and Latency Considerations
Chapter 12 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Room Setup Considerations
Chapter 13 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Video Tips
Chapter 14 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Audio Tips
Chapter 15 – Videoconferencing Logistics: Documentation
Chapter 16 – A Stepwise Summary of the Videoconferencing Process
Chapter 17 – Self-Care Practices
Chapter 18 – (Brief) Answers to Common Questions About Videoconferencing Practice
Chapter 19 – Conclusion and Next Steps for Providers
Jonathan G. Perle, PhD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist and educator. He has significant experience related to the study, teaching, and utilization of telehealth modalities.