Covid-19 and the Rapid Expansion of Telehealth in Social and Behavioral Health Services (1 credit hour)

Program Summary:   This course examines social work’s accelerated shift to technology and telehealth during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The authors conducted a qualitative study of 37 social service agencies and present their findings highlighting seven themes:  a rapid transition to virtual services, the need to improve infrastructure, new technology and innovation, barriers, benefits, funding, and changes that will be kept.  The course highlights the need for further research, advocacy, and education.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists.

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Course Reading:  Covid-19 and the Rapid Expansion of Telehealth in Social and Behavioral Health Services

Authors:  Melissa Hirschi, Anna L. Hunter, Susan L. Neely-Barnes, Cherry C. Malone, Julie Meiman, Elena Delavega

Publisher:  Advances in Social Work

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring Covid-19 and the expansion of telehealth.

Learning Objectives:  Describe how the shift to telehealth presented barriers and challenges. Describe how the shift to telehealth offered benefits to staff and clients.  Identify long term implications for social work.

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1: One of the most important ways social service agencies adapted and demonstrated resilience during Covid-19 is through the use of
 
 
 
 
2: Social work had been ____________ to embrace technology prior to Covid-19.
 
 
3: Telehealth and remote services have become increasingly popular due to their flexibility and efficiency for
 
 
 
4: Providers who use telehealth have the additional ethical obligation of
 
 
 
 
5: Which of the following theories was used to frame this study?
 
 
 
 
6: Seven themes and associated subthemes emerged from analysis of the data, including
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7: For some agencies, moving groups online was
 
 
8: One of the most interesting benefits related to the sudden shift to the virtual environment related to
 
 
 
 
9: For agencies that offered billable health, mental health, and substance abuse services, the most critical issue was
 
 
 
 
10: Advocating at both the state and federal levels for changes to policies, specifically those related to ______________, will be essential for social workers to be able to maintain the provision of telehealth services beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1 clinical continuing education credit.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.