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(p. 157) Technology Considerations in Running a Private Practice 

(p. 157) Technology Considerations in Running a Private Practice
(p. 157) Technology Considerations in Running a Private Practice

Ellen Belluomini

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date: 15 July 2020

The tools of a private psychotherapy practice used to include just an office, furniture, clinical notes, and a file cabinet. Technological advances have added many digital options such as the Internet, social media, smartphones, and electronic health records, bringing both great potential and great risks. Clinical interventions can be supplemented with online education and smartphone apps. The healing process can extend outside the confines of the office with telepsychology or texting in a crisis. Therapists should take into account their clients’ technology literacy and usage and can utilize it in assessment and treatment; a case vignette is provided. Clinicians in private practice must stay up to date with risk-management techniques, privacy mandates, and professional standards governing online behavior.

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