Ensuring your Telebehavioral Health Training is a Good Fit

 

Why Counselors Should Train in Telehealth 

The flexibility of online counseling allows therapists to transition from in-person therapy to a virtual office, a trend that has become even more appealing since the COVID-19 public health crisis. But without adequate telemental health training, licensed counselors may find themselves at a disadvantage.

Regardless of the practice format, online and in-person counselors should apply the ethical wisdom to only practice within their scope of competence. With a high-quality training program, you will feel more comfortable as an online counselor and carry less risk as a telemental health provider. Before jumping into virtual sessions with clients, a training program can show you what skills–or instructional content areas–will help shape your telemental health practice. Discovering your knowledge gaps is often the first step to achieving telehealth competency.

Finding the Right Program

Once you decide to further your training, you may wonder where to turn. Our recommendation is to look for coursework that covers the clinical, ethical, legal, and technological aspects of virtual counseling. It’s also advisable that your telemental health training program should be presented by a reputable, experienced educational provider who can move you closer to your goals. 

Signs of a High-Quality Program: 

  • The reputation, background, and approaches are trustworthy.
  • Direct contact from course mentors gives you the opportunity to ask questions, either during or after the presentation. 
  • If your profession’s member organization approves continuing education credits, then this strengthens the reliability of the training program.
  • The trainer has an educational and professional background in the topic.
  • The chosen training organization displays professionalism in all correspondence, including their presence on the web. 

Other Questions to Consider:

  • Is the training suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners? 
  • Can your colleagues vouch for the trainer or the organization's track record?
  • Are disability accommodations provided during training sessions?  

Opportunities from the Telehealth Certification Institute 

You can build competence (and confidence) through a recognized telemental health training program. Whether you’d like to register for a free webinar, a specialized online course, or a comprehensive telebehavioral health training program, the Telehealth Certification Institute is here to support you. We partner with nationally-recognized behavioral health organizations, experts from other industries, and leading counselors in the field to deliver content that you can trust. 

 

By: Michael Tugendhat

2 comments

  • Comment Link Beth Vanbeek Wednesday, 17 March 2021 08:22 posted by Beth Vanbeek

    Hello Linda Dollen,
    Our Telemental Health Training (THTC Certificate) program provides you with10.5 CE hours (6 of which are ethics) and the THTC Certificate.
    Our TeleMental Health Training Certificate (THTC) is designed to train clinicians for competency in Legal, Ethical, Privacy, and Clinical Skills aspects of Telemental Health.
    It will also help you to select the appropriate technology to achieve that goal and ensures that you have developed the necessary clinical skills to make this method of offering services a really effective one for you and the client.
    By completing our THTC program you meet the training requirement to apply for the BC-TMH (Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider) credential.
    I have included the link below to our THTC Certificate training program
    https://telementalhealthtraining.com/courses-and-products/product/telemental-health-training-program-online-self-study

  • Comment Link Linda Dollen Monday, 15 March 2021 11:18 posted by Linda Dollen

    Hi this is Linda Dollen LMHC i would like to learn more about certification.

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Very informative training, instruction was clear and easy to follow
Jill Bogan-El
Therapist
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
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
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
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
Courses were very informative! Extremely helpful!
Carron D. Alexander
LPC / Premier Counseling Services
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
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
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
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
Great, course. Really helped me during this challenging time to connect with students.
Priscilla Robinson
School Counselor / Baltimore County Public Schools
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

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
This course was extremely helpful understanding the legal requirements for interstate telehealth counseling.
Donald Kirk Henderson
Licensed Professional Counselor / Milestone Family Resources
Necessary technological guidance!
Frances D Murdock
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
Thank you for an informational, relevant course to help me obtain my TMH certificate. Excellent presentation.
Tomica Horton
counselor/therapist / Jodi Province Counseling Services
Very informative! Well organized! Takeaway- protect yourself- know your ethical code and standards/ be insured.
Brenda Staerker
Private practice / Thaxton Holistic Wellness
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
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
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
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
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
Very informative. I learned things that I wasn't aware of about state laws!
Tamara Coleman
Counselor / Tamara Coleman 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
This course was very informative and very relevant to today's telehealth practices!
Keith Ayson
Housing Case Manager / Bridgeways
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