Telebehavioral Health Ethical Standards

Carefully review the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics (see Section §H - Distance Counseling, Technology, and Social Media). Section §H outlines the standards of care for professional counselors who use technology in clinical practice. 

ACA members can have an ethics consultation, or ethics questions answered.   

Ensure informed consent documents and discussions with clients are updated to reflect how counseling services has changed.  Comprehensive training programs in telebehavioral health – such as Demystifying Ethics and Law for Telebehavioral Health and other courses on ACA’s Continuing Professional Development center – will be helpful.  Additionally, you should thoroughly review the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics (§H) and your current board regulations as they relate to the practice of telebehavioral health at this time.

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