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Telepsych and the PSYPACT Interstate Compact Webinar

  • 19 Jan 2018
  • 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

Telepsych and the PSYPACT Interstate Compact Webinar with Dr. Alex Siegel, ASPPB Director of Professional Affairs

Are you having questions about telepsychology? Does it feel a bit like the wild west out there in terms of tele-behavioral health services? If so, you will want to join us for this free webinar.

This presentation will cover the need and rational for allowing psychologists to use electronic communications interjurisdictionally to provide telepsychological services ethically and legally to patients. It will examine the APA Guidelines on Telepsychology with particular focus on competency, informed consent and confidentiality and security of the data as well as the  ASPPB Standards on Telepsychology. The presentation will explore the obstacles for interjurisdictional telepsychology practice  and offer solutions for the ethical and legal interjurisdictional practice and provide a discussion of ASPPB’s E.Passport and the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact, PSYPACT.

Presenter Alex Siegel, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Alex M. Siegel is an attorney and clinical psychologist. Three different Pennsylvania Governors (Ridge, Schweiker and Rendell) appointed Dr. Siegel to the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology. He served on the Board for 13 years, 6 of which as Chair of the State Board. Dr. Siegel was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). He was also elected President of ASPPB in 2008. Currently, Dr. Siegel is the Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for ASPPB. In his role as DPA, he serves as a liaison between ASPPB and state and national psychological associations. He provides training to new members of psychology licensing boards in the U.S. and the colleges of psychology in Canada. He was staff to the APA/ASPPB/APAIT joint task force on telepsychology and to the ASPPB task force on regulations for interjurisdictional telepsychological practice. He is a member of the PSYPACT task force. He is also a member of ASPPB Supervision Guidelines task force and Chair of the Model Act and Regulations Committee (MARC). In addition, Dr. Siegel consults with state governments, attorneys, courts and maintains a small clinical and forensic practice.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to

  1. define telepsychology and list the advantages of telepsychology for consumers;
  2. describe the APA Guidelines for the practice of telepsychology with a particular focus on competency, informed consent, and security of data;
  3. discuss the role of interstate compacts to facilitate and regulate telehealth services;
  4. identify the key aspects of the new Psychology interjurisdictional compact (PSYPACT), created by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB).

The benefits of telehealth for consumers are many if done appropriately. You don’t want to miss this important webinar. Register today!

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