Category: Couples / Close Relationships
Keywords: Couples / Close Relationships | Technology / Mobile Health | Ethics
Presentation Type: Symposium
Studies have generally supported telehealth as a feasible, effective, and safe alternative to in-office visits, even with more at-risk populations such as Veterans diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD; Morland et. al, 2015; Morland, Hynes, Mackintosh, Resick, & Chard, 2011). Telehealth may also be of particular benefit to couples interested in couples-based treatments, as it addresses some of the barriers that may be more prominent for couples than individuals, such as childcare and scheduling difficulties. Therapists interested in expanding their practice to include telehealth for this reason would benefit from guidance around the ethical considerations and practical drawbacks of this modality. This presentation covers some of the primary concerns regarding couple therapy via telehealth, and offers potential avenues for addressing these areas.
This presentation discusses four overarching domains unique to the delivery of telehealth to couples. These include safety/confidentiality, management of multiple people in a session, process concerns such as joining and accurate perception of subtle emotions over video conferencing, and concrete logistics, including collection of measurement based treatment and community referral sources. Each broad domain is then elaborated upon with case examples from actual clinical practice and specific recommendations for addressing potential difficulties. Authors recommend further empirical research examining differences in modality outcome, as well as feasibility of the suggestions in this presentation.
VA San Diego Healthcare System
Friday, November 17
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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