Mark A. Stebnicki, Ph.D., LCMHC, DCMHS, CRC, CMCC is Professor Emeritus and former Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling (MTC) certificate program in the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services at East Carolina University. He developed the MTC certificate in 2015 and the Clinical Military Counseling Certificate (CMCC) program in 2016 offered through the Telehealth Certificate Institute. Dr. Stebnicki is an active teacher, trainer, researcher, and practitioner with over 30 years’ experience working with the psychosocial rehabilitation and mental health needs of adolescents and adults with posttraumatic stress symptoms, chronic illnesses, and disabilities. His primary areas of interest relate to the medical, psychosocial, vocational, and mental health aspects of active duty service members, veterans, veterans with disabilities, and military family.
Dr. Stebnicki has had extensive experiences in disaster mental health response. He is certified by the Washington, D.C.-based crisis response team- the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and North Carolina’s American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health crisis response team. He served on the crisis response team for the Westside Middle School shootings in Jonesboro, AR (March 24, 1998) and has done many stress debriefings with private companies, schools, and government employees after incidents of workplace violence, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. His youth violence program, the Identification, Early Intervention, Prevention, and Preparation (IEPP) Program, was awarded national recognition by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Foundation for its vision and excellence in youth violence prevention. Other accolades include consulting with President Bill Clinton’s staff on addressing the students of Columbine High School after their critical incident (April 20, 1999).
Mental and behavioral health professionals serve as the psychological response to pandemic viruses. Accordingly, we are in a constant state of disaster preparedness. We cannot escape, hide, or ignore the viruses that challenge us. That is because there is no beginning, middle, and end to viral contagions such as coronaviruses.
As mental and behavioral health professionals, how do we facilitate good emotional, social, physical, psychological, spiritual, and environmental healing?
The handbook provides a unique resource guide with practical application for mental health and other behaviorally trained professionals that work in a variety of clinical, school, and community healthcare settings. The intention is to prepare mental, behavioral health, and other allied helping professionals to meet the intense challenges of pandemic viruses for the 21st century.
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The Telehealth Certification Institute’s virtual, “Telemental Health Preparedness Summit,” in May 2020 was a ground-breaking event that attracted 3k+ behavioral health clinicians, 30+ highly-skilled trainers, and 20 partner organizations from across the nation serving as sponsors/ exhibitors. We would be glad to also make your next conference a great success.
Responding to Domestic Abuse and Violence with TeleMental Health Services
In the midst of the global pandemic caused by Covid-19, there has not been a greater moment in time for telehealth services to be utilized with a variety of individuals who are experiencing feelings of isolation, stressors from social and economic impact of the virus, restrictions with their day to day movements, and also the potential added level of control associated with domestic abuse and violence that has been brought to the forefront as result of the virus.
Join us in examining and discussing the impact that Covid-19 crisis has had on the state of mental health services and its subsequent impact on domestic abuse and violence withTherese Hugg, the Vice President of Therapy Services at Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ms. Hugg provides insight into how telehealth is being incorporated into the services that are being provided to clients of domestic abuse or violence.
In the era of Covid-19, a number of organizations, academic institutions, and businesses are transitioning into the use of virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Ring Central, or Skype to name a few. A number of video calls are being undertaken due to the adoption of social distancing guidelines but as a result, some individuals are finding themselves getting tired of being on video calls, particularly if this is an all-day occurrence. To discuss the benefits but also challenges that can be faced with the use of means of communication and also the growing use of virtual meeting platforms or video conferencing systems such as Zoom is Michael Sacasas.
In our interview with Dr. Laklieshia Izzard, LPC, ACS, shares why over 15 years ago she began providing telemental health services, how it has been a fit for her own self-care, and a fit for both her clients and supervisees.
Ray Barrett met with Dee Wagner, LPC, BC-DMT, and expert on Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory to discuss the implications of the forced use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the increased and continued use of technology will affect clinicians and clients.
Learn from an expert on how to market your teletherapy services and how to create an attention-grabbing provider profile that connects with those in need of your services. Raymond Barrett, CEO of Telehealth Certification Institute, interviewed Clay Cockrell, a leading expert on these topics.
What can you expect from a consultation session?
Private consultation with Ray Barrett is an opportunity for you -or your group- to seek specific guidance on the topics you want to discuss telehealth services. You may have just finished training and haven’t begun to provide distance services or perhaps you have the foundation for your telepractice but need help evaluating your current systems. Regardless of where you fit on the spectrum as a telemental health provider, consultation is a unique opportunity for you to set the agenda and clear goals for what you want to take away from your session with Ray.
March 27, 2020, is the date that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was passed. The CARES Act is a $2 trillion stimulus package and designates emergency funding for topics such as healthcare, state funding, and overall relief.
What immediate impact does the CARES Act have on healthcare during the period of the COVID-19 emergency?
On March 20, 2020, Ray had an opportunity to catch up with Suzanne Gavin, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator, and a Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator.
What caught Ray’s attention, and the attention of other clinicians is her honest breakdown of her transition (and the related anxieties) to what she referred to as a mandated telemental health practice.