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Developing a telepsychiatry practice is a journey of integrating personal interest with career goals of meeting the mental health needs of our nation’s children and adolescents.
Telepsychiatry programs in other countries and parts of the country can show the way to developing new programs that address the needs of specific populations.
Telepsychiatry maintains treatment of youth in their communities and leverages technology to contain the costs they might incur in seeking services through other venues.
Telesychiatry disrupts ineffective approaches to child and adolescent care in order to build better systems of care for children and families.
Only by integrating telepsychiatry into training will we be able to ensure a capable workforce for future generations of children and adolescents who are not well served by current models of mental health care.
The success of telepsychiatry challenges traditional models of therapeutic change by demonstrating the ability to build a virtual therapeutic relationship with youth and their families.
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Pignatiello, A., Teshima, J., Boydell, K.M., Minden, D., Volpe, T., and Braunberger, P.G. Child and youth telepsychiatry in rural and remote primary care. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2011; 20:13–28