TAFTS is a form of tele-health involving the use of electronic communications. TAFTS may be used for services such as individual, couple, or family therapy, and clinical supervision. TAFTS has been used by clinicians for years and continues to grow as a mode of delivering care. There are some barriers to TAFTS compared to sitting with a therapist in the same room and may not be an appropriate means of therapy for all populations. The limitations can be addressed and are minor depending on how well the sound and video are working during the TAFTS, the level of care needed by the client(s), and the comfort level in using teleconferencing platforms. While you have read the document, your therapist will need to go through each section so that you understand and agree with all aspects of TAFTS before beginning services.
The AU MFT Center will need to review with the potential clients suitability for TAFTS. Specific client circumstances related to safety, addiction behaviors, and mental health concerns are not conducive to a positive TAFTS experience.
AU MFT Center TAFTS are provided by MFT interns under the direct supervision of the clinical faculty in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program.
Our therapists-in-training will complete 12 hours of teletherapy training to meet the requirements for the Alabama Teletherapy practice requirements.
For those in need of Teletherapy, the TAFT services via Zoom, a secure, HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform, will ensure continued care. Zoom can also be downloaded to a smart phone, with the added benefit of less technical difficulties.
To get the most out of your teletherapy session, we recommend that prior to each session, you make sure your webcam and internet connection are in good condition. Make sure your volume is on.
We recommend the use of headphones and that you find a room where you can be alone behind a closed door, with as little distraction as possible. You may also want to set up a noise machine outside of the room and put a “do not disturb” sign on the door to protect your privacy. It is not recommended that children or pets be in the room, as they can distract from your teletherapy experience.
It will also be helpful to close other programs on your computer or smart phone so that Zoom runs most efficiently.