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Telebehavioral Health Information

Telebehavioral Health Information

The UDCC is able to offer telebehavioral health services via a HIPAA secured Zoom platform. Telebehavioral health services may not be appropriate, or the best choice of service for reasons including, but not limited to: heightened risk of harm to oneself or others; lack of access to, or difficulty with, communication technology; significant communication service disruptions; or need for more intensive services. In these cases, your therapist will help you establish referrals to the appropriate services. 

In your initial meeting with the therapist, you will discuss your preferences regarding remote or in person services. If you wish to receive services via zoom, your therapist will discuss risks and benefits with you.  Please note, telebehavioral health services may not be appropriate for all mental health concerns. Your therapist will discuss their recommendations with you in the initial appointment. 

In addition, after starting telebehavioral health services your therapist may determine, due to certain circumstances, that telebehavioral services are no longer appropriate and will request you to resume in person sessions or be referred to someone in your community.

Important Considerations

  1. Receiving services via telebehavioral health can sometimes be challenging. You may have disruptions or delays due to the internet connection and technology used.
  2. It is critical that you use a secure internet connection rather than public/free Wi-Fi. Public wi-fi presents additional security risks and must not be used for telebehavioral health services.
  3. It is critical that you have a private space to use for sessions. Your therapist may terminate the session if there are others in the room, or if they have concerns about the privacy of your conversation. This would include roommates, parents, significant others, caretakers and friends. If you are unable to locate a private space for sessions, in person services will be recommended. 
  4. You must be willing to use the camera feature for telebehavioral health. Therapists will not start or continue a therapy session for telebehavioral health unless they can make visual contact with you. 
  5. You and your therapist will discuss a backup plan in case of technology failure. The most reliable backup is a phone. Therefore, it is recommended that you always have a phone available.   If you get disconnected from a telebehavioral health session, end and restart the session. If you are unable to reconnect within five minutes, you agree (unless you request otherwise) that your provider can call you on the phone number you listed on the client information form. 
  6. In order to receive telebehavioral health services, you will be required to provide your current physical location and an emergency contact at each session.  Per state law, the UDCC therapists cannot provide clinical services outside of the state of Ohio. If you are planning to be out of state for any reason during a session, please reschedule your appointment.
  7. You must agree not to record any part of your session with your therapist, nor will your therapist record your session. Trainees who are under the supervision of a licensed therapist will always obtain your consent before recording. Those recordings will be used for clinical supervision purposes only. If the UDCC discovers that you have been recording any part of the sessions (group or individual) your treatment may be terminated at the center and you will be referred to a community provider.

Counseling Center

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0910