A Mental Health Provider's Guide to Telehealth : Providing Outpatient Videoconferencing Services book cover
1st Edition

A Mental Health Provider's Guide to Telehealth
Providing Outpatient Videoconferencing Services

ISBN 9780367713577
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
220 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Author Biography



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



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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.