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Behavioral Telehealth: Ethical and legal considerations for mental health providers in the age of virtual therapy



Course Information

Title: Behavioral Telehealth: Ethical and legal considerations for mental health providers in the age of virtual therapy


Course start date: Friday, September 22, 2023 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Check-in will start at 8:30 A.M



Registration & Payment



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Registration cost: $79.00


Last day to register: 9/21/2023 11:00 PM




Course Description

An article published in the American Journal of Medical Quality by Maese et al. (2020) noted that “The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed telehealth to the forefront in a way that 30 years of physician advocacy could not. The pandemic forced the alignment of the policy, technology, and economics of telemedicine.” These changes also created a revolution in the delivery of behavioral health services with the rapid growth of providers offering virtual therapy to millions of Americans. The expedited changes left many legal professionals, law makers, and mental health professionals playing catch-up to understand the shifting landscape of the legal and ethical considerations surrounding virtual therapy. This course will explore these considerations and discuss populations who may be disadvantaged by the rapid transition due to the digital divide.



· Following this program attendees can describe populations who may be at risk of not participating in teletherapy due to the digital divide.

· Following this program attendees can list HIPAA regulations for teletherapy.

· Following this program attendees can list several benefits and challenges of teletherapy experienced by clients and mental health providers.



Keynote: Laura Hoffman, Esq.

Bradley Reed, Esq.

Stacy Simera, MSSA, LISW-S

Stacy Simera, MSSA, LISW-S, is an independently licensed social worker in Ohio. She provides counseling at Kent Psychological Associates, facilitates psycho-educational programming at the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis, and conducts trainings across the state for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. Ms. Simera also serves as chair of the sleep committee for the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership and as the health policy director for the Ohio chapter of the national nonprofit Start School Later. Stacy has received several awards for her professional and community service, including Social Worker of the Year and Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter.


3 CE Credits


Please note that attendees must be present for the entirety of the course to obtain credit.

  • Check-in will start at 8:30 A.M.


Professional Approvals

CASAL is an approved as a provider of continuing education for psychologists by the Ohio

Psychological Association Office of Mandatory Continuing Education (OPA-MCE). Our Approved Provider # is 340966056.

State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board approval completed. Approval number is To Be Determined .

Ohio Supreme Court continuing education approval To Be Determined

CSU Alumni

Contact your College or School for information regarding available Alumni discount programs. Email cecasal@csuohio.edu


Disability Services

Cleveland State University serves hundreds of students with a variety of disabilities, including learning disabilities, chronic health issues, attention deficit disorders, psychological conditions, visual impairments, mobility impairments, and hearing impairments. Anyone requesting accommodations due to a disability should make her or his request through the Office of Disability Services. Cleveland State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Refund Policy

Cleveland State University Division of Continuing and Extended Education Cancellation Refund Policy.


Refund to original payment is made at 100% when a registrant cancels attendance at least two business days before the start of the first class. There are no refunds for a cancellation with less than 48 hours' notice. After class starts, there are no changes or cancellations. Credit card refunds take 7-10 business days to show up on your credit card statement. Cash refunds by check take 10 to 14 business days to process.

Contact Us

Questions regarding the course email cecasal@csuohio.edu or call (216) 523-7234.




Hybrid Format: Live-In person or webinar


In person location: Cleveland State University - School of Law

The exact event location and webinar registration link will be included in the confirmation email.


If you are having trouble finding the location the day of the event please call the event organizer at 216.387.2142


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