Session 242: The Concept Of Using Telemedicine For Mental Health Clinicians And Practical Measures To Take with Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Overview

The concept of using telemedicine for mental health clinicians has become very relevant due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, meeting clients this way is something that is not just temporary; clinicians need to make this transition and set themselves up for successful telemedicine for the future.

Roy Huggins has been at the forefront of telemedicine and how to do it ethically. In today’s show, he’ll share practical measures to take, like setting up your computer and tablet. He’ll also share tips around the expectations of telemedicine mental health and how to reframe those expectations for our new normal.

What We’ll Learn

  • Roy’s assessment of the telemedicine field right now
  • The need for therapists to recognize feelings of collective trauma and fatigue
  • The struggle to accept that working this way will be necessary for a while
  • Roy’s key message is that clinicians need to set themselves up for telehealth as a more permanent platform and not just a temporary solution
  • Ways for clinicians to shift their mindset about telehealth regarding laptop screen size or computer monitor size, lighting, seating, etc.
  • Roy’s checklist for his clients before a telehealth session
  • Why telemed has become non-optional in the mental health field
  • The expectations of teletherapy and client interactions
  • How therapists can guard against the fatigue that comes with teletherapy
  • The need for an intentionally-crafted smaller client load with telehealth to combat eye strain, headaches, and physical fatigue
  • Roy’s advice: “Accept that as a clinician, you’re feeling frustration, too—just like our clients. It’s important not to ‘stuff’ or repress your feelings.”

Resources Mentioned

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Find out more about Roy, his free resources, and his newsletter:  Person-Centered Tech.

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Check out another resource for therapists that Roy and I put together for the COVID-19 crisis:  www.sellingthecouch.com/toolkit

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