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Tele-Supervision: Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Aspects of E-Supervision

Online Course Materials:    ArticlesArticles    VideosVideos   

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

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Course fulfills the California six hour Supervision Requirement for psychologists (by BOP) and for MFTs (by BBS). More Information >


It also fulfills the supervision requirement in other states. Verify requirements with your state board.

This course is also offered as part of a Savings Package: 
Supervision 15 CE Credit Hours

General Course Description

Online supervision, also referred to as E-Supervison or online supervision, emerges at the rapidly expanding intersection of supervision and tele-mental health. What are some of the advantages of online supervision compared with face-to-face supervision?  Why do online therapists actually need to have some online supervision? Are the online verbal, personal and social cues of psychotherapy and supervision limited? How do online supervisees and supervisors develop the supervisory alliance? What are the ethical and legal issues involved with online technology in supervision?

This intermediate course is comprised of 2 video interviews (text transcripts provided) and 6 articles. The first section of the course presents an overview of the clinical, legal and ethical issues concerning online supervision. The second section covers in more depth the legal and ethical issues. The third section presents technological ideas and equipment. The fourth section covers clinical issues for effective online psychotherapy and supervision. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives:

    This course will teach the participant to

  • Identify and discuss promises and challenges of online supervision.
  • Compare and contrast face-to-face supervision models with online supervision models.
  • Review local and international regulatory and legal considerations related to the use of online supervision.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key ethical issues emerging when practicing online supervision.
  • Summarize what basic technological requirements are necessary to begin online supervision, how to prevent online security breaches, and how to work with technological breakdowns during online sessions.
  • Understand the essence of HIPAA’s privacy rule.

Course Syllabus:

  • Regulatory issues
    • State and professional mental health organization regulations
    • International regulations
    • HIPAA regulations
  • Ethical issues
    • Confidentiality
    • Privacy
    • Training
  • Supervisor-supervisee relationship
    • Prior online experience
    • Supervisor-supervisee alliance
    • Contracts and agreements
    • The Six-Dimension Model of supervision
  • Technology
    • Video/audio/recording platforms
    • HIPAA-compliance
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Cost: $59.00

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