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  • Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

  • Myron L. Pulier, M.D.

Introduction to Telemental Health Theory and Practice

CE 6 CE Hours

Beginner Level Course

Course Description

This course introduces you to the 50 years of scientific research that have shaped online counseling and telemental health today. The discussion starts with definitions, a theoretical overview of the field as per findings in the scientific literature, and introduces ethical, legal and reimbursement strategies.

Course Objectives

  • Identify and understand definitions used in online counseling, telemental health as well as telemedicine and telehealth
  • Identify 3 factors present in the 5 leading and successful online counseling or telemental health treatment venues as described in the scientific literature
  • Name at least 3 primary legal concerns to be addressed with online practice
  • Name at least 3 primary ethical concerns to be addressed with online practice
  • Identify at least 1 type of federally funded reimbursement program available today and the technology required to receive such reimbursement
  • Discuss at least 1 possible future application for online counseling and psychotherapy or telemental health


Introduction to Telemental Health Theory and Practice
  • Introduction
  • Key Terminology & Definitions
    • Behavioral Telehealth
    • Distance Counseling and Distance Services
    • Online Psychotherapy
    • Telehealth and Telemedicine
    • Telepsychiatry
    • Telepsychology
    • Telemental Health
  • Technologies used for Mental Health
    • Benefits
    • Barriers
    • Functionalities of the Internet
    • Social Media
    • Private Websites
    • Vendors such as Skype
    • Other Proprietary Systems
  • Cornerstone Ethical Issues
    • Competence
    • Multi-cultural, Multi-lingual Issues
    • Informed Consent
      • Verbal
      • Written
  • Cornerstone Legal Issues
    • HIPAA and Other Privacy/security Laws
    • Confidentiality
    • State licensure
    • International practice
    • The “reasonable person” argument
    • Standards of Care
      • Community Standards
      • Clinical or Treatment Standards
      • Practice Standards
  • Basic Clinical Issues
    • Assessment
    • Authentication/Verification
    • Intake
    • Informed Consent
    • Documentation
    • Emergency Planning
    • Referrals
    • How Listening is Different Online
    • How Answering Questions is Different Online
    • The Role of Anonymity
    • Orienting Your Patient to Time and Place
    • Opening Protocols
    • Setting Up Your Virtual Office
  • Reimbursement Issues

Course includes:

  • Access to the power and interactivity of the most cutting-edge technology available today for learning (login is required)
  • Ability to take your post-test and course evaluation online
  • Full access to the TMHI Community Forum to ask related questions
  • Program is approved for 6 CE Hours, applied toward state requirements for Legal/Ethical CEs with APA, NBCC and a variety of other CE-approval providing groups. (See CE Sponsorship Approvals or contact us with questions.)
  • Printable course completion certificate for your licensing board (must view webinar, complete post-test, submit course evaluation)
  • 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days!
  • Contact us for full customer support, accessibility accommodations, and billing needs

Required Reading

All required reading materials are included with this course.

Intended Audience

Psychiatrists, Internists, Pediatricians, Gerontologists, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Behavioral Analysts Substance Use Professionals, CEOs, COOs, Administrators, Billing & Coding Staff




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