The Board of Directors of ASPPB is proud to provide you The Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology, developed by the APA/ASPPB/APAIT Joint Task Force (Telepsychology JTF) for the Development of Telepsychology Guidelines for Psychologists. This project is a joint venture of three organizations- the American Psychological Association, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the APA Insurance Trust, that provide guidance on many aspects of the profession, including those aspects related to its ethical, regulatory and legal principles and practices.
The Telepsychology JTF established the following guiding principle:
The APA/ASPPB/APAIT Joint Task Force for the Development of Telepsychology Guidelines for Psychologists is committed to giving guidance with practical application to psychologists who are engaged, or wish to engage, in telepsychology, including professional guidelines, regulatory direction, and risk management principles.
It was comprised of four members representing APA, four members representing ASPPB and two members representing APAIT. Staff was provided by APA and ASPPB.
- Linda Campbell, Ph.D. Co-Chair (APA)
- Fred Millán, Ph.D., ABPP Co-Chair (ASPPB)
- Margo Adams-Larsen, Ph.D. (ASPPB)
- Bruce Crow, Psy.D. (APA)
- Terry Gock, Ph.D., MPA (APA)
- Eric Harris, J.D., Ed.D. (APAIT)
- Jana Martin, Ph.D. (APAIT)
- Tom Miller, Ph.D., ABPP (ASPPB)
- Joe Rallo, Ph.D. (ASPPB)
- Sara Smucker Barnwell, Ph.D. (APA)
- Joan Freund (APA)
- Ron Palomares, Ph.D. (APA)
- Janet Pippin Orwig, MBA (ASPPB)
- Alex Siegel, J.D., Ph.D. (ASPPB)
Following the formation of the Telepsychology JTF, an extensive bibliography was compiled and shared with all Telepsychology TF members. The bibliography represented the most current state statutes, regulations and guidelines related to the use of technology in the delivery of psychological services, plus guidelines prepared by other professions related to the use of technology in the delivery of services. The bibliography was the result of documents and guidelines recommended by experts and telepractice-related organizations, contributions from task force members, and extensive staff research.
The Telepsychology JTF met for several face-to-face meetings and held various conference calls to generate a draft document that was put out for open comment. A survey was developed that allowed each respondent to identify up to six important issues to be addressed by the task force and to provide comments supporting the importance of the issue. The survey link was sent to all APA governance groups, state associations, state and provincial psychology boards, telepractice-related organizations and interested individuals. During a one month period, almost 600 issues were submitted from over 280 individuals and organizations. Comments addressed many issues, including those related to competence, informed consent, confidentiality and privacy, risk management, inter-jurisdictional practice, access to and standards of care. The Telepsychology JTF considered all of the feedback and revised the document, where appropriate. This final document is the result of these ongoing dialogues with interested stakeholders within the profession.
In addition to these guidelines ASPPB is drafting regulatory language regarding the practice of telepsychology that can be implemented by its member boards. ASPPB is also developing a mechanism to facilitate telepsychological practice. We hope to have both of these important projects completed in the next year.
Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology