What is Zoom?
Zoom is an easy to use video conferencing service that facilitates virtual meetings with others; it allows participants to ‘meet’ online. It is a safe and effective method for therapists and clients to meet when they cannot meet in person.
Zoom has become extremely popular as a method to meet as they are prevented from meeting in person.
When people talk about Zoom, they will usually be referring to a Zoom meeting. In this instance, a therapy session between a therapist and a client.
You can download Zoom for free from their website.
Advantages to using Zoom
- Zoom offers a safe and private videoconferencing method of delivering teletherapy.
- Data transmitted during sessions are encrypted and secure.
- Zoom offers a video communications system for free unlimited 1-to-1 meetings.
- Zoom is available to use on a wide range of devices and operating systems.
- Zoom offers file sharing, screen share and chat capabilities.
- Zoom (usually) offers very good sound and video quality.
Disadvantages to using Zoom
- Zoom is not HIPPA compliant for the free version.
- Setup may feel overwhelming. Good thing this article exists!
What equipment you’ll need to set up a teletherapy Zoom session
- A computer, laptop or device such as a tablet or phone.
- A webcam.
- A microphone.
- A reliable internet connection.
- A Zoom account. You can sign up here.
- And of course, Zoom installed on one of your devices.
How to schedule a Zoom session
- 1. Open Zoom.
- 2. Make sure you’re logged in.
- 3. Click on the Schedule icon.
- 4. Select your session setting: name of session/client’s name, date, time.
- 5. For Meeting ID, check Generate Automatically.
- 6. For Password, check Require meeting password.
- 7. For Video, check Host On, Participant On.
- 8. Under Advanced Options, check Enable Waiting Room.
- 9. Then click, Schedule.
- 10. On the next screen, copy the Zoom details and send them to your client..
And that’s it. You have successfully scheduled a Zoom teletherapy session.
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