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Telehealth with Children & Adolescents: Clinical Strategies for Maximizing Engagement and Therapeutic Progress While Managing Legal and Ethical Risk

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  1. Develop practices for managing potential legal and ethical risks when providing mental health services for children and adolescents via telehealth.  
  2. Utilize therapeutic interventions for client engagement and meeting treatment goals on a virtual platform.  
  3. Revise standard crisis intervention protocol to meet clients’ needs and ensure safety via distance therapy.   


Logistics, Managing Legal/Ethical Risk, and Getting Paid 

  • Choosing the right platform – benefits and risks 
  • Releases and why informed consent matters more than ever 
  • Insurance, billing codes, and modifiers 
  • Can you ensure confidentiality?  
  • Common ethical dilemmas 

Must-Have Telehealth Interventions for Maximum Therapeutic Progress 

  • 10 first-session tips you can’t miss 
  • Creative engagement strategies for every age 
  • Family interventions that translate across the screen 
  • Groups:  Setting virtual norms and getting clients engaged 
  • And more! 

Troubleshooting Common Scenarios 

  • What to do when things just aren’t going smoothly 
  • Resistance, hyperactivity, limit testing, and more 
  • Crisis intervention  

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Telehealth: Successful Treatment for Children with Moderate to Severe Communication Disorders

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Teletherapy is Here to Stay  

  • Improved accessibility of services  
  • Functional communication is key to long-term success 
  • Collaboration and coaching take the lead 

Dispelling Misconceptions   

  • Teletherapy is as good or better than traditional service delivery models 
  • Children are getting better faster with Teletherapy. Why? 
  • Children with more complex disorders and diagnoses benefit more from teletherapy than traditional service delivery models  

Improved Accessibility of Services  

  • Factors leading to fewer cancellations and interruptions of services  
  • Access to specialized services and populations is enhanced   
  • Shorter and more frequent sessions per week for effective and lasting outcomes


  1. Demonstrate why candidacy and efficacy of teletherapy may be higher for those with more complex diagnoses. 
  2. Integrate strategies to motivate and engage children within sessions, train caregivers, and develop home plans to promote carryover for various settings and needs 

Telehealth Meets Play Therapy: Treating Children and Adolescents in a Virtual Setting

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  1. Determine the benefits of providing play therapy on a digital platform.  
  2. Apply directive and non-directive play therapy interventions to use in telehealth therapy sessions with children and adolescents. 
  3. Develop interventions for challenging clinical scenarios in telehealth, including resistance and crisis intervention.  


Optimizing Your Telehealth Sessions from the Start 

Setting up your space (and why it matters) 

Preparation for virtual sessions 

  • Games that require little-to-no material 
  • Planning ahead for connectivity disruption 
  • Boundaries and child-centered limit setting 

How to structure a teletherapy session 

Adjusting expectations and outcome

Creative Teleplay Interventions for your Virtual Toolbox 

Demonstrations and resources, including: 

  • Movement and regulation 
  • Creative and expressive arts 
  • Interactive choice boards, like PPT 
  • Sandtray  
  • Games, LEGO®, and other play techniques 
  • Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) 
  • Mindfulness techniques 
  • And more!

Troubleshooting Common Scenarios 

What to do when:  Resistance, hyperactivity, limit testing, crisis intervention, and more 

Teleplay with non-verbal children 

Clinician self-care (screen time is exhausting!) 

Telehealth for Children and Families: Strategies to Balance Digital Learning and Sensory Smart Movement

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  1. Summarize the 3 key factors to optimizing telehealth sessions 
  2. Design a treatment plan outline to support state regulation and the brain-body connection while promoting recovery from screen time and skill demands. 
  3. Utilize appropriate coding for reimbursement and compliance  


Prepare and Be Present 

  • Shifting from direct service to facilitated therapy and coaching 
  • Internalizing the challenges and opportunities when collaborating with parents 

Strategic Planning for Improved Treatment Outcomes and Carryover  

  • A 3-phase approach using Body Activated LearningTM 
  • Balancing technology with sensory smart movement 

Collaboration Techniques for Empowering Parents 

  • Promoting a therapeutic alliance through preparation 
  • Guiding parents to stay present and connected 
  • Effective parent communication to enhance therapeutic value 

Following Informed Billing practices and Payer expectations for pediatric telehealth 

  • Identify payor differences in coding and their impact on treatment planning 
  • Considerations and opportunities for school-based telehealth 

Telehealth for Children and Adolescents: A How to Guide for School-Based OTs, SLPs, PTs and Mental Health Professionals

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  1. Advocate for the telehealth delivery model with concrete and research based information. 
  2. Choose the best way to incorporate a gross motor exercise into your virtual therapy session 


Solve Technology, Access, Ethics and Confidentiality Challenges 

  • Access to service 
  • Overcome a lack of equipment and resources in telehealth sessions 
  • How to ensure confidentiality for home-based sessions 
  • Build rapport using the telehealth service delivery mode 
  • Aligning telehealth with school standards 
  • Ethical issues you need to know 

Telehealth Toolkit: 

Successfully Convert Your Therapeutic Activities to the Virtual Space 

  • Controlling the environment 
  • Motivating kids through technology 
  • Tips for creating efficient treatment plans 
  • How to incorporate exercises into your virtual therapy session 
  • Manage small groups via telehealth 
  • Strategies for involving the caregiver  
  • Working with younger and high needs students 

Telehealth for Teens, Parents and Groups: Art Therapy Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Depression

Program Information


  1. Investigate websites, applications and platforms used to conduct Teletherapy and discover which are HIPAA regulated and confidential.  
  2. Demonstrate two Art Therapy techniques that you can facilitate online to enhance the treatment of your clients. 
  3. Build confidence using technology to effectively combine art and traditional talk therapy while running online groups and individual sessions. 


Building Online Therapeutic Skills 

  • Create a safe place for you and client while online 
  • Providing clear Instructions and gathering materials  
  • Setting limits and expectations 

Tele Art Therapy Interventions  

  • Teens, Individuals, Parents and Groups - Includes case studies 
    • Fears and anxiety of unknown  
    • Processing panic attacks 
    • Responding to past and current trauma 
    • Connecting and finding support while isolated 

Telehealth – Websites, Platforms and Applications 

  • Platforms that are HIPAA Regulated and Confidential 
  • Platforms that are NOT HIPAA Regulated and Confidential 
  • The laws and ethics 
  • Maintain a consistent and reliable income while working remotely