PsycBOOKS: New ebooks for June

4317411-150A Practitioner’s Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical, and Evidence-Based Telepractice

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As telecommunication technologies and health apps become more ubiquitous and affordable, they expand opportunities for behavioral and mental health professionals to provide quality care. Telemental health now encompasses the full range of services, including assessment, treatment delivery, psychoeducation, supervision, and consultation.

Many of the skills needed for competent telepractice are the same as in conventional in-office care. However, physical distance as well as technology itself can create challenges to safe and ethical practice. For instance, when conducting suicide assessment and intervention via videoconferencing, the clinician must be prepared to involve emergency or support services at the patient’s location, while providing all the usual treatment documentation and follow-up. Such challenges are manageable when following the best practices outlined in this book.

Luxton, D. D., Nelson, E., & Maheu, M. M. (2016). A practitioner’s guide to telemental health: How to conduct legal, ethical, and evidence-based telepractice. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/14938-000


4317408-150Interviewing Children: The Science of Conversation in Forensic Contexts

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Whether as eyewitnesses or victims, children are often interviewed to provide evidence for forensic investigations. But strategies that may work for interviewing adults often do not work on children. Because of children’s incomplete language development, their greater risk of retrieving inaccurate information in response to memory cues, and their desire to say what they think the interviewer wants to hear (whether truthful or not), their testimony can be unreliable. Sometimes, the interviewer’s challenge is a child who does not want to talk at all.

In Interviewing Children: The Science of Conversation in Forensic Contexts, Debra Poole introduces the science of interviewing children by explaining the problems that can arise when adults talk to children and how a forensic perspective mitigates these problems. She discusses child development considerations and presents a flexible approach to interviewing children.

Through her descriptions of best practices, brief summaries of supporting research, example interview dialogs, answers to common questions from practitioners, and a final section for trainers and policymakers, Poole provides a roadmap for anyone working in a forensic context.

Poole, D. A. (2016). Interviewing children: The science of conversation in forensic contexts. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/14941-000

2 thoughts on “PsycBOOKS: New ebooks for June

  1. Nancy Miller

    Telemental health services has really expanded over the past few years. It’s important to remain informed of the laws governing the practice. I am comfortable having a distance session with a known client but would be cautious to engage in practice with a client I did not know. There are advantages as well as challenges to telemental health services. Dr. Nancy Miller

  2. Greg Western

    I agree with Dr. Miller. There is a lot of good that comes from and will continue to come from telehealth. At this point one may assume technology has moved faster than the laws have been able to govern best practices. The future is very exciting! Dr. Greg Western


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