Using videoconferencing to provide psychological services to rural children and adolescents: a review and case example

J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014;43(1):115-27. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2013.836452. Epub 2013 Sep 30.


Children and adolescents living in rural areas have difficulty accessing psychological services due to a lack of psychologists and other behavioral health professionals, especially those with expertise in treating youth. Telepsychology helps bridge this access gap. This article extends evidence supporting videoconferencing for psychological assessment and treatment in adults to support telepsychological treatment for youth. In addition, the basic components needed to begin and sustain a telepsychological practice are explored. Finally, a case example of an adolescent presenting with depression and disordered eating illustrates the practice of, and ethical standards needed for, telepsychology. Future technologies and applications around telepsychology are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Depression / therapy
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Videoconferencing*