This service is referred to in many ways, e.g., telehealth, teletherapy, tele-mental health, virtual therapy, and technology-assisted services (TAS). The reality is that we have already been using TAS by the letter of the law, as Texas deems TAS to be everything from phone calls to texts to therapy via video conferencing. During this global crisis we are simply expanding what we have been doing to rapidly include therapy via teleconferencing. So, TAS is becoming the term for clients continuing with therapy, from a distance. There are many reasons a client may opt for accessing their care via TAS. For some it is a convenience, for some it has been a necessity. Fortunately for our clients, Dr. White and Associates, P.C. (DWA), has shifted to serving the needs of our community, and Texas as a whole, via TAS.
Why not just use Skype or FaceTime?
The Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists have established rules for providing TAS to protect your confidentiality and to promote ethical delivery of services. The audio/video platforms we use meet the highest standards of protecting the confidentiality/privacy of your information. Some [platforms do not provide the required level of privacy
How does TAS work?
The short answer is all technology used to communicate with your therapist including, email, text, phone call, and video conferencing is TAS. DWA relies on RingCentral for our telephone needs. They offer an encrypted service, ensuring the security of your information, whether through telephonic or video conferencing communication. TAS in terms of therapy sessions looks very similar to Skype, FaceTime, Google Meet, or Duo, but is far more secure in terms of your information only being available to yourself and your therapist and not nearly as vulnerable in transmission.
In order to serve you in this way, we need you to read and sign our TAS Informed Consent document. We will share it with you through your scheduling portal account. Please download it, read it, fill it out, “save as” and rename “finished DWA TAS Intake Addendum 4.2.20”, upload, and digitally sign. It is important that you do not click that you physically signed the document unless you print it, physically fill it out, scan it, and upload it.
The way it works for Windows users:
You will receive an email indicating your scheduled appointment time, it will look like this:
Open it up.
And scroll down to find the Join link. Click it.
When you click the link that will take you to a download page. Some browsers will automatically launch some won’t.
In that case, click download and run. Then click the executable file in the bottom left corner.
Once the file begins to execute, RingCentral should begin to launch on its own.
Once RC launches, click join with Computer audio.
At the bottom left there are audio and visual controls.
And that’s that!
Finally, for following sessions, there should simply be a popup that allows you to join using the previously downloaded application.