Considerations for the Provision of E-Therapy (3 hours)

John Tinsley


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Course Summary and Description

This course is based on information found in the manual Considerations for the Provision of E-Therapy from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This manual is DHHS publication No. (SMA) 09-4450 and can be obtained free of charge from the DHHS.

This course is based on the information obtained from expert researchers and service providers regarding the most commonly used forms of electronically delivered services and their efficacy with a variety of substance abuse and mental health issues. The document addresses five key issues pertaining to the development of E-therapy services: technological mechanisms; evaluation of services; cultural and linguistic competence; legal and regulatory issues; and administrative considerations.

Course Goals and Objectives

The goals/objectives for this course are for the student to understand:

• How to use E-therapy
• Benefits and challenges of E-therapy
• Clinical significance
• Knowledge of culture and ethnicity
• Culturally appropriate treatment services
• Licensure
• Ethics and client protection
• Practitioner protection
• Electronic security measures
• Administrative responsibilities

About the Instructor:

Dr. John H. Tinsley is a former assistant professor of Medical Physiology at the Texas A&M University System College of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; M.S. from the University of North Carolina; and his B.S. from the University of Oklahoma.

He has been teaching, training, consulting and conducting research in the fields of Medical Physiology and Behavioral Biology for over twenty-nine years. Dr. Tinsley has authored over twenty-five professional and refereed articles, including invited reviews. He has been a member of the American Society for Physiology, and work done in 2001 led to an international award from The European Society on Microcirculation. Dr. Tinsley has received research funding from the Veteran’s Administration, American Heart Association, and Scott and White Hospital. In addition, he has served on numerous review committees for national grant-funding agencies and scientific journals.

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