Telepractice Services: Best Practices and Beyond

Fri, 24 August, 2018 9:00am


Title: Telepractice Services: Best Practices and Beyond

Abstract: As telepractice continues to grow, more and more practitioners are considering incorporating these services into their current practice. Telepractice can meet the needs of a diverse group of clients and allow clinicians to serve clients who might not otherwise be able to receive services. Universities are also looking to train students and provide telepractice  services in their training programs which presents a dilemma for these programs as they have limited experience with telepractice. Knowledge about current technology and the components necessary to provide high-quality training and services are imperative before starting a new service delivery model. This course will discuss how to provide quality, ethical telepractice services to diverse clients, avoid some of the pitfalls and obtain support needed to ensure appropriate service delivery.

 Learning Outcomes:

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

1.    List four necessary components for high-quality telepractice services

2.    Describe three common pitfalls and how to avoid them

3.    Explain three ways to support service delivery via telepractice

Time Ordered Agenda:

 9:00-9:30             History: Where we have been, where we are going

9:30-10:30           Best Practices in Telepractice

10:30-11:30         Case Management

                             Client Safety

                             Physical Environment (lighting/seating, etc.)

11:30-12:00        Introduction to Therapy Materials, Service Delivery and Resources

12:00-1:00          Lunch Break

1:00-2:00            Skills lab: Developing a telepractice lesson and practice

2:00-3:00            Service Delivery and Resources, continued

3:00-3:10            Break

3:10-3:45            Confidentiality and Ethics

3:45-4:30            Supervision in telepractice


Melissa Jakubowitz, M.A. CCC-SLP, is the President and Founder of eLiveNow which provides telepractice services and training to clinicians and universities.  She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Child Language with extensive administrative experience running a multi-office private practice and leading a telepractice company clinical department, Ms. Jakubowitz has presented on a variety of issues including private practice, language disorders in school age children and telepractice. She has extensive experience working directly with school age students in various settings in addition to leadership positions in both work settings and professional associations.

 Ms. Jakubowitz has served ASHA and related organizations as a former president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists in Private Practice.  Ms. Jakubowitz was elected to serve on the Legislative Council for 13 years and one year on the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. As a member of the Legislative Council she was elected to serve as Chair of the Credentials Committee. She was appointed to the ASHA Board of Ethics where she served on the Education Subcommittee and was Chair of this subcommittee in 2010.  Ms. Jakubowitz was invited to participate in the Leadership Development Program at ASHA and has served as a convention program committee member in the topic area Language and Learning in School-Age Children and Adolescents, Business, Management and Professional Issues and as the Topic Chair for Telepractice for two years. Recently, Ms. Jakubowitz was elected to serve on the SIG 18 Coordinating Committee and is the Coordinator. In addition, Melissa was appointed as the ASHA SLP Co-Chair for Convention 2018.

 Ms. Jakubowitz is a recipient of the Honors of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow of ASHA.  She was also the California recipient of the DiCarlo Award in 2013.

 Financial Disclosures:

 Financial: Receiving an honorarium from George Washington University. Is the Founder and President of eLiveNow, a telepractice company.

 Non-financial: ASHA SIG 18 Coordinator

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