HEMHA Guide: College Counseling from a Distance


1. Outline the potential benefits, limitations, and legal and ethical concerns regarding telemental health services in the field of college student mental health;

2. Aid mental health professionals who serve college students and Higher Education administrators in engaging in dialogue about these benefits, limitations, and concerns in order to make informed decisions about if, when, and to whom telemental health services should be provided.

The focus of this guide is on brick and mortarPSEs that are contemplating engaging in distance
education and/or telemental health services; online institutions are beyond its scope. Though there is a growing industry of third party providers of telemental health services, contracting with these vendors is outside the purview of this document. Similarly, the use of technology-assisted therapy is not included in this guide.

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