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Telehealth & Social Work Practice: Same ethical practice – different locations (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
August 13, 2020

This Canadian Association of Social Workers webinar looked at how Social Workers are making rapid changes to their Social Work Practice to adapt to the COVID 19 Pandemic. 

Heidi Sturgeon, a RSW in NS, has been practicing Online Therapy for the past 4 years. During this presentation she shared information to help transition to Online Practice - considering confidentiality and ethical and legal aspects of Practice. Participants will learn what privacy laws to be aware of, what types of software, hardware and paperwork they will need to consider as well as lessons learned from her own practice.  

Topics discussed:

  • Video Options for meeting with clients 
  • Home office set up to see clients online
  • Practice Management
  • Emergency Planning
  • Virtual Social Work Practice Tips – lessons learned 

About the presenter:

Heidi Sturgeon competed her Master’s in clinical social work from the University of Toronto in 1997. Heidi has extensive experience working with adults, children, adolescents, and families. Her work draws from her training in: CBT, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Solution focused therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative therapy, Client Centered therapy and Mindfulness.

Heidi’s vision to improve access to mental health therapy led to her developing an Online Mental Health Private Practice in 2016,, that provides secure and confidential therapy to clients in the comfort of their home, office or location of their choice. In 2019 her practice expanded to all Atlantic Canada becoming the first Online Mental Health Practice in Atlantic Canada. In addition to her Online Practice Heidi continues to see clients in Halifax.

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