Course curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    1. Chapter 1: Foundations (0:00-1:00)

    2. Chapter 2: Key Rules & Regulations (1:00-1:48)

    3. Chapter 3: Best Practices (1:48-3:00

    4. Downloads & Handouts

    1. Post-Test

    2. Course Evaluation

    3. Thanks for joining us!

About this course

  • $60.00
  • 8 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content


Live Interactive Session with Activities & Discussion

NOTE: This is a live, interactive, training presented through Zoom as an online Webinar. . Zoom recommends having a broadband wired/wireless connection, speakers, and a microphone to effectively participate via this platform. (requirements listed on zoom’s website here:

Program Summary:

Mental health providers (social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, etc.) who wish to use teletherapy are legally and ethically expected to have competence/training in the area. This training reviews legal and ethical guidelines that shape teletherapy, as well as best practices for maximizing effectiveness. Legal and ethical guidelines will be reviewed, as will recommendations for the use of technology, setting up an adequate teletherapy space, gathering informed consent and maintaining effective documentation and communication practices. Lastly, strategies to incorporate self-care (and minimize burnout) while maximizing effectiveness will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review current legal and ethical guidelines shaping teletherapy practice.

  • Participants will discuss research into mental health concerns that can be addressed effectively via teletherapy.

  • Participants will review best practices for setting up a space for teletherapy.

  • Participants will discuss considerations for assessing whether a client is appropriate for teletherapy.

  • Participants will review recommendations for troubleshooting common issues in teletherapy.

  • Participants will discuss the added challenges of boundaries and multiple relationships as it relates to teletherapy.

  • Participants will discuss strategies for establishing, maintaining, and communicating teletherapy boundaries (including self-care).

Audience & Skill Level


This course is designed for mental health service providers (social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, etc.) who seek to use teletherapy to serve their clients. No prior coursework or experience in this area is necessary to benefit from the material.

Course Outline & Agenda

Chapter 1: Foundations


  • Definitions
  • Advantages & Disadvantages

Chapter 2: Key Rules & Regulations


  • Legal Expectations
  • Ethical Guidelines
  • Assessing Appropriateness for Teletherapy

Chapter 3: Best Practices


  • The Space
  • The Technology
  • The Professional
  • Multicultural Considerations
  • Multiple Relationships & Social Media

To receive course credit, participants must complete the following:

  • View the entire recording (all three chapters)

  • Complete the post-test with a passing grade of at least 80%

  • Complete the course evaluation


Charles J. Potter


Charles J. (CJ) Potter is one of the clinical directors at Mindfully and a practicing Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Supervisor (LPCC-S). Part of CJ’s responsibilities at Mindfully includes staying abreast of best practices (including legal and ethical considerations) that impact clinical practice. In this session, CJ shares those insights as they relate specifically to clinical supervision of mental health providers (Counselors, Social-Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists).

Program Approvals

Ohio CSWMFT Approval 

This training is approved for counselor, social work, and marriage and family therapy continuing education.In addition, it is approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Board for chemical dependency continuing education. Check CE Broker for detailed breakdown of CE types (provider number50-24074). 

ASWB ACE Approval 

Mindfully (ACEP provider #1862), is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 6/27/2023 – 6/27/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits. 

NBCC ACEP Approval

Mindfully Academy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7322. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Mindfully Academy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

For more information

Individuals with comments/questions/concerns can contact Mindfully Academy via the information provided below:

[email protected] 


Charles Potter (Program Coordinator) [email protected] 

  • Grievance policy: If you are dissatisfied with your experience, please feel free to share this with us via email: [email protected] or via telephone: 513-939-0300, or via your program evaluation.  All complaints will receive a response within seven business days outlining actions taken and proposed responses which may include issuing a refund, credits for future trainings, updating course content or taking appropriate action with presenters, among others. 
  • Request for Accommodations: Should any accommodations enhance your program experience, please contact us via email: [email protected] or via telephone: 513-939-0300, to explore what options you may have. 


American Counseling Association (ACA). (2014). Code of Ethics. 

Caldwell, B. E., Bischoff, R. J., Derrig-Palumbo, K. A., & Liebert, J. D. (2017). Best practices in the online practice of couple and family therapy. Report of the Online Therapy Workgroup.  

Camper, A. B., & Felton, E. (2020). Telemental health. National Association of Social Workers.  

Inchausti, F., MacBeth, A., Hasson-Ohayon, I., & Dimaggio, G. (2020). Telepsychotherapy in the age of COVID-19: A commentary. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 30(2), 394-405, doi 

Kim-VanderGriend, S. (n.d.). Catching our breath to evaluate telehealth best practices. The New Social Worker Magazine. 

National Association for Social Workers (NASW). (2021). Code of Ethics. 

National Association of Social Workers (NASW). (2017). NASW, ASWB, CSWE, & CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice. NASWB.  

SAMHSA. (2015). Using technology-based therapeutic tools in behavioral health services. Retrieved from: 

SAMHSA (2021). Telehealth for the treatment of serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Retrieved from: 

Shortsleeve, C. (2019, February 2). How to actually have a successful teletherapy appointment. Self.Com 

Turgoose, D., Ashwick, R., and Murhpy, D. (2017). Systematic review of lessons learned from delivring tele-therapy to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Wilser, J. (2020, July 9). Teletherapy, popular in the pandemic, may outlast it. New York Times.