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Guidelines For The Practice Of Tele-psychology: American Psychological Association

 Jul 29, 2022

Guideline 1: Competence of the Psychologist

Psychologists who provide telepsychology services strive to take reasonable steps to ensure their competence with both the technologies used and the potential impact of the technologies on clients/patients, supervisees or other professionals.

 

Guideline 2: Standards of Care in the Delivery of Telepsychology Services

Psychologists make every effort to ensure that ethical and professional standards of care and practice are met at the outset and throughout the duration of the telepsychology services they provide.

 

Guideline 3: Informed Consent

Psychologists strive to obtain and document informed consent that specifically addresses the unique concerns related to the telepsychology services they provide. When doing so, psychologists are cognizant of the applicable laws and regulations, as well as organizational requirements that govern informed consent in this area.

 

Guideline 4: Confidentiality of Data and Information

Psychologists who provide telepsychology services make reasonable effort to protect and maintain the confidentiality of the data and information relating to their clients/patients and inform them of the potentially increased risks to loss of confidentiality inherent in the use of the telecommunication technologies, if any.

 

Guideline 5: Security and Transmission of Data and Information

Psychologists who provide telepsychology services take reasonable steps to ensure that security measures are in place to protect data and information related to their clients/patients from unintended access or disclosure.

 

Guideline 6: Disposal of Data and Information and Technologies

Psychologists who provide telepsychology services make reasonable efforts to dispose of data and information and the technologies used in a manner that facilitates protection from unauthorized access and accounts for safe and appropriate disposal.

 

Guideline 7: Testing and Assessment

Psychologists are encouraged to consider the unique issues that may arise with test instruments and assessment approaches designed for in-person implementation when providing telepsychology services.

 

Guideline 8: Inter-jurisdictional Practice

Psychologists are encouraged to be familiar with and comply with all relevant laws and regulations when providing telepsychology services to clients/patients across jurisdictional and international borders.

 

Read more on https://www.apa.org/practice/guidelines/telepsychology

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