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Considerations for the Provision of E-Therapy CE Course

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Considerations for the Provision of E-Therapy CE Course – Online CE Course

Considerations for the Provision of E-Therapy CE Course Description, Objectives, and Outline:

Course Description:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has developed this document to guide practitioners in the development and implementation of substance abuse treatment services using electronic based therapy. A significant portion of the information provided in this course applies to a variety of mental health professionals and venues.

Course Objectives:
  1. Identify at least three specific modes of electronic therapy (E-Therapy).
  2. Explain at least two clinical advantages electronic therapy (E-Therapy).
  3. Identify at least two disadvantages of electronic therapy (E-Therapy).
  4. Describe two common issues when practicing electronic therapy (E-Therapy).
  5. Explain at least one electronic therapy (E-Therapy) limitation.
Course Outline:
  1. Introduction
    1. Purpose
    2. History
    3. Content and Structure
  2. Overview
    1. What is E-Therapy?
    2. When is the Use of E-Therapy Appropriate?
    3. How Can Treatment Providers Use E-Therapy?
    4. How Effective is E-Therapy?
    5. The Efficacy of Specific Approaches
    6. Benefits and Challenges Associated with E-Therapy
    7. Summary
  3. Evaluation
    1. Introduction
    2. Outcome Measures and Clinical Significance
    3. Outcome Measures and Effectiveness
    4. Evaluation Questions
    5. Assessing Benefits
    6. Summary
  4. Cultural and Linguistic Competence
    1. Knowledge of Culture and Ethnicity
    2. Barriers to Cultural Competence
    3. Shame Associated with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
    4. Culturally Appropriate Treatment Services
    5. Summary
  5. Legal and Regulatory Issues
    1. Licensure
    2. Ethics
    3. Client Protections
    4. Practitioner Protections
    5. Summary
  6. Administrative Issues
    1. Introduction
    2. Electronic Security Measures
    3. Administrative Responsibilities
    4. Summary
  7. References
  8. Appendices
  9. CSAT Advisory Council E-Therapy Subcommittee
  10. CSAT E-Therapy Advisory Board
  11. Contributors
  12. Selected E-Therapy Model Programs
    1. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment College and University Grantees
    2. Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment State Cooperative Agreement
    3. Electronic Treatment Interventions
  13. Populations That Have Benefited from Electronic Treatment Interventions (Selected Studies)

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

1 hour of the 5 hours may be used towards ethics


The widespread use of electronic forms of communication has permeated many aspects of American daily life. Use of e-mail, instant messaging, telephones, videoconferencing, and other forms of communication have, in many instances, replaced face-to-face conversations, meetings, and conferences. Further, many Americans use electronic communications to shop, conduct business, and attend to financial obligations.

More recently, they have used electronic forms of communications to seek and receive medical treatment (e.g., Alleman, 2002; Darkins and Cary, 2000). While the use of the telephone for health-related issues is not as new, administering treatment electronically is relatively novel in the United States (Darkins and Cary, 2000). Substance abuse treatment through electronic means (also known as E-therapy) is not used widely, but experts predict that its use will increase rapidly during the next several years (Mallen and Vogel, 2005; Mallen, Vogel, and Rochlen, 2005; Mallen, Vogel, Rochlen, and Day, 2005). For this reason, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has developed this document to guide practitioners in the development and implementation of substance abuse treatment services using E-therapy. SAMHSA CSAT’s interest in the efficacy of E-therapy for substance abuse treatment stems from the desire to address unmet needs among the general population.

For example, SAMHSA’s 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH; SAMHSA, 2006) respondents reported that they did not receive substance abuse treatment due to barriers related to cost (44.4 percent), stigma (18.5 percent), and access (21.2 percent). These needs are exacerbated among specific populations throughout the country, where resources for treatment are limited by number of treatment facilities, transportation, and costs (McAuliffe and Dunn, 2004; McAuliffe, LaBrie, Woodworth, Zhang, and Dunn, 2003).

For these reasons, CSAT is especially interested in building substance abuse treatment capacity through E-therapy for hard-to-reach and traditionally underserved populations.


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