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Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC

Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider Credential Launch

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The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has been the top resource when looking for best practices for telebehavioral healthcare services. They first published best practices on distance counseling over twenty years ago. For over thirteen years, the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), an affiliate of NBCC, has recognized behavioral health professionals for meeting competency standards in telemental health by awarding them the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) certificate.

After significant work and time, on April 13th, 2018 CCE launched the Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) credential. The BC-TMH credential is based on established credentialing standards and has been rigorously reviewed by many telemental health experts across most behavioral health professions. It has been designed to prepare behavioral health professionals for the competent use of technology in practice and to provide services from a distance. Professionals who have already earned the DCC credential have an opportunity to be transitioned into the new BC-TMH credential.

The Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is an approved provider of the Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider course. We provide the course in three different formats: online self-study, live interactive webinars, and live in-person. Organizations can also schedule an onsite training.

The steps to obtaining the BC-TMH credential are:

  1. Having an approved license/certification type. You can view the full list of approved profession types by clicking here.
  2. Completion of the full qualifying telemental health course.
  3. Passing the Telemental Health Credentialing exam (this exam is required to apply for the BC-TMH credential).
  4. Applying for the BC-TMH credential.

Reasons for obtaining the BC-TMH credential include:

  • Offer your clients more ways to have sessions with you.
  • Meet the demand for online counseling.
  • Get listed on a national professional association’s credentialed provider listing.
  • Reduce risk for your client, your license, and your practice.
  • Adhere to your code of ethics and practice within your boundaries of competence.
  • Use the BC-TMH credential letters after your name and be the preferred online counselor in your state.
  • Become a preferred provider for insurance companies, EAPs, and organizations who are seeking telemental health providers.

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