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As a response to the recent uprise in racial trauma and police brutality, Telehealth Certification Institute hosted a free, live webinar titled, “Racial Justice & Community Restoration: A Trauma-Informed Response to a Nation in Crisis.” This webinar included free CE hours for mental health professionals and covered pertinent information such as developing cultural competence and meeting the needs of racial minority clients; participants were also able to interact with the speakers and participate in this important dialogue during a live Q&A. Over 1,000 attendees had the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of trauma, racial reconciliation, and mental health.

Helen Oscislawski is the co-founder & frequent author on the Legal Health Information Exchange, a rich resource of blog articles and a compliance resource library. She was elected in 2020 to the "Super Lawyers" issued by Thomson Reuters, for healthcare law in New Jersey.

Helen is known to many as a “go-to” attorney for legal guidance on HIPAA, HITECH, state privacy laws, and electronic Health Information Exchange (HIE) and is well-regarded for her work with the legal aspects of health information exchanges, HIPAA law, and 42 CFR Part Two for privacy and security law around healthcare information regarding substance abuse treatment. A trusted advisor, Helen now represents some of the most cutting edge and sophisticated HIEs, RHIOs and ACOs in the nation.

Helen and Ray Barrett met for one of our "Telehealth Facts Friday" sessions on Facebook Live. Watch the full interview for answers to frequently asked questions about the legal aspects of telehealth care, including:

Mitchell Fong is the Director of Telehealth at Renown Health, a multi-hospital system that is locally governed and locally owned. Renown is a not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California and was an early adopter of telehealth in 2012.

Mitchell Fong and Ray Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute discuss what goes into a telehealth program, the impact COVID-19 has had on the necessity and delivery of remote services, the increase in utilization of telemedicine for both provider and patient, the challenges of pushing through change to improve access to healthcare for all, and the fact that telemedicine is here to stay.

Dr. Christina Strayer, Ed.D, LPCS, AAT, CCTP, DCC, RYT-200, provides education, consultation, counseling services, and telehealth services. She is an owner of Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle in Clayton, North Carolina as well as the lead instructor for the Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist (AAT-I) credentialing program. In partnership with Telehealth Certification Institute, Dr. Strayer teaches two levels of the AAT-I credential: AAT-I Level 1 can be completed as an online self-study and includes required reading and assignments. AAT-I Level 2 includes a three day on-site intensive training in Clayton, NC in addition to the Level 1 requirements.

In July 2020, Dr. Strayer spent some time with Ray Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute discussing mental healthcare with animal assistance, as well as the effect she has witnessed firsthand from requisite distance services from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Dr. Yolanda Fountain, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC, founder of Play Wellness, Inc. developed the Play Wellness Certificate - PLAY THERAPY TRAINING CERTIFICATE (PTTC). Dr. Fountain is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor as well as a consultant and educator at numerous universities in Georgia.

In July 2020, Dr. Fountain and Ray Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute discussed the use of telemental healthcare with play therapy.

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G Suite through Google can solve many of your technological needs as a provider. Telehealth Certification Institute is pleased to announce that we have created an in-depth course, "G Suite for Healthcare",  to help you better understand the use of G Suite as an integral part of your practice. Raymond Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute and Mark Jones, Certified Google Expert, offer over 5.5 hours of instruction that addresses the capabilities of G Suite so that you can maintain security and remain ethically and legally compliant when you offer services as a healthcare provider. This professional guidance from the team of a telehealth expert plus a Google expert will quickly answer questions you have about how best to use the variety of products offered in G Suite.

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Over 3000 Professionals Gather for Virtual Telemental Health Preparedness Summit

In May 2020, as a response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Telehealth Certification Institute hosted the first Telemental Health Preparedness Summit, a large-scale virtual training, in cooperation with national behavioral health associations, telehealth infrastructure companies, and expert clinical trainers.

COVID-19 significantly accelerated the need for behavioral health providers to serve clients virtually, requiring that the vast majority of clinicians become immediately trained in the technical, legal, and ethical aspects of telehealth. As national experts in certifying professionals in Telemental Health, the summit offered training and CE hours, in addition to opportunities for Telemental Health Certification. The Telemental Health Preparedness Summit brought together behavioral health professionals across disciplines (including therapists, psychologists, social workers, professors, chaplains, students, etc.) to quickly and competently train on critical remote 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.

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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.

Amazing and relevant information conveyed over excellent format. This is a professional organization worth joining.
Summer Allan Wilson LCSW-S; Nationally Certified TFCBT
Pediatric Psychotherapist / East Texas Family Guidance Center
Brillant concept and a great way to support counselors as they transition into on-line therapy/services.
Bianca Abrams
License Professional Counselor / The Wellness Institute of Atlanta
Thank you for an informational, relevant course to help me obtain my TMH certificate. Excellent presentation.
Tomica Horton
counselor/therapist / Jodi Province Counseling Services
Wonderful free training. Helpful discussion on how to aid clients in breaking out of the negative thought trap.
Jaime Wright
Very well done. Encourages active engagement in telemental health process while guiding effectively.
Chris Brotherton
Marriage and Family Therapist / Addiction Counselor / Brotherton Counseling LLC
This was quite beneficial. You explained well at a comfortable pace and you provided sufficient details for me to develop an Emergency Management Plan. Thank you!
Dr. STEPHEN KIURI GITONGA
The training was very informative, there was more in-depth information to the details of privacy and HIPAA on an electronic level that I was not aware of. The more technological part of it was new information to me.
Nellie Decker
Therapist II / Yakama Nation Behavioral Health
This course was very informative and very relevant to today's telehealth practices!
Keith Ayson
Housing Case Manager / Bridgeways
Educational and informative content that was easy to follow and comprehend.
Scott Lipp, Ph.D., LMHC, LAC, NCC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Adjunct Professor / Greater Things, LLC; Florida Atlantic University
It was one of the best courses I’ve attended; clear, well-structured, creative, transparent and professional! Bravo.
Elizabeth Tramonte, PsyD
Private Practitioner / Elizabeth Tramonte PC
I really gained a deeper understanding of Telehealth. I think this course helps pave the way for success in our field. This was very convenient. I am so blessed to take a course like this during the crisis we are facing as a nation. This course really helps me perform at a high level for my job. THANKS!!!!!!!
Jackie Tanna
Therapist / Region One Mental Health
Necessary technological guidance!
Frances D Murdock
This course was extremely helpful understanding the legal requirements for interstate telehealth counseling.
Donald Kirk Henderson
Licensed Professional Counselor / Milestone Family Resources
Very informative training, instruction was clear and easy to follow
Jill Bogan-El
Therapist
This course is providing me with valuable information that will be helpful in providing competent and effective services for clients.
Nancy Sweet-Holp, LMSW
Therapist / Liberty House of Albany
The training was well structured and presented by a knowledge individual. Information shared in the training was useful, clear, and concise and can easily be incorporated into future practice techniques.
Dora Falls
LPC, MAC Private Practice - / Private Practice
Courses were very informative! Extremely helpful!
Carron D. Alexander
LPC / Premier Counseling Services
Very informative. I learned things that I wasn't aware of about state laws!
Tamara Coleman
Counselor / Tamara Coleman Counseling LLC
Great, course. Really helped me during this challenging time to connect with students.
Priscilla Robinson
School Counselor / Baltimore County Public Schools
Vey helpful and user friendly. Most importantly informative. Very good information to enhance an individual's practice.
La Keicia Boyd
Licensed Professional Counselor / Private Practice
This course was very interesting and allowing me to understand the way telementalhealth services need to work correctly.
Patricia A Hill
Mental Health Counselor II and LCDC, MAC / Central County Services
I took the Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider Training Certification Course in 2018, I feel so lucky to have found the TeleHealth Certification Institute. It's a top notch training center which has continued to provide me with tools and the knowledge to grow my private teletherapy practice. I recently participated in the TeleMental Health Preparedness Summit 2020 and was definitely not disappointed. The excitement and enthusiasm from the participants and TeleHealth Certification Institute staff is contagious. I've been inspired, since, to look into taking more courses, and joined their FaceBook group. I will likely join their consultation group in the near future. I don't believe there is another training institute out there that is as good as this one for everything telebehavioral health. Thank you Ray! You are a visionary!
Larissa Golloub, LCSW-R
Psychotherapist, solo practitioner / Larissa Golloub, LCSW
This course is more comprehensive than all the other HIPAA courses I've taken combined.
Michelle R. Gould, LMHC
Mental Health Counselor
I learned a lot in this course and will put what I learned into practice when I move my home office space.
Raymond Corbo
Clinical Supervisor and Counselor / Redeemer Counseling Services
This course was eye opening and highlighted some definite areas for improvement to better address emergency management planning.
Nikkita Scott
Director of Counselling & Student Activities / Bbermuda College

The course was very detailed and informative. It covered everything that is necessary to work with Tele mental health.

Cynthia Allison
Mental health Counselor / Friendly Therapy LLC
Easily one of the best online or in-person workshops I have ever attended. The information was unbelievably relevant to current practice with our students doing e-learning and having to provide online therapy and support. Thank you so much for this workshop and the information.
Vincent Amador
School Psychologist / Thornridge High School
Very informative! Well organized! Takeaway- protect yourself- know your ethical code and standards/ be insured.
Brenda Staerker
Private practice / Thaxton Holistic Wellness
The course was so informative and I was glued to my screen for the entire duration. I received so much knowledge concerning ethics in telehealth and I am greatly encouraged to read about all the standards and policies that pertain to my practice. Thank you!
Bridgette Nalumu
Public health consultant / Green and Purple Consultancy Network