About Telebehavioral Health Institute, LLC

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, LLC (TBHI) , has served more than 38,000 medical, behavioral health and service professionals from over 97 countries. TBHI has grown into offering professional training programs focused on the use of videoconferencing, the telephone, email, text messaging, including heart-rate variability for use by physicians, osteopaths, nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives, physician assistants, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists in addition to psychologists, social workers, counselors, behavior analysts and students. Using 21st Century instructional design, TBHI's eLearning materials are delivered in a variety of multi-media formats (text-based, audio and video clips to further illustrate key points or to give examples), in evidence-based single courses or sold as packages leading to one or two designations known as TBHI Board-Certified Telehealth Professional Micro Certification Level I or TBHI Board-Certified Telehealth Professional Micro Certification Level II. Programs developed by TBHI are accompanied by complimentary continuing medical education (CME) or continuing education (CE) hours at no extra charge. TBHI also offers staffing and consultation services to groups or individuals to develop telehealth competencies, follow evidence-based telehealth protocols and efficiently start service delivery/reimbursement.

About the Non-Profit Telehealth Institute

In 2014, TBHI founded the Telehealth Institute (TI), a California 501(c)3 to assist with providing low-cost and no-cost professional training and other services. A current example of TI's active involvement in TBHI is the offering to COVID-19 FREE and low-cost continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education hours (CE) support services by recruiting talent and making professional training available to practitioners from around the world absorbing to Learners from around the world. TI also has developed a COVID-19 Support Group where practitioners can lend each other emotional support as they assist their clients and patients in facing the pandemic. In the short span of time between March 15 and April 6, more than 3,000 Professional Learners have benefited from TI's telehealth support services for COVID-19. Both companies have a mailing address of 5173 Waring Road, #124, San Diego, CA 92120. Please help support our non-profit Telehealth Institute by choosing one of these options:  

TBHI's Story

TBHI was envisioned, funded and nurtured by Dr. Marlene Maheu with strategic support from Myron Pulier, MD and Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD. After more than a decade of collaborative work in behavioral telehealth as an author team, Drs. Maheu, Pulier, and McMenamin devoted themselves top developing an international, interprofessional telehealth training center dedicated to helping clinicians and their organizations develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes shown to be most effective for starting or developing their telehealth services. They shared the vision of bringing quality, evidence-based professional training to their colleagues through an easy-to-navigate digital learning center that was funded and managed by Dr. Maheu. Now more than 20 years later, the TBHI Digital Learning Center is housed at telehealth.org. In 2009, TBHI opened its online learning facility to professional colleagues seeking continuing medical education and continuing education training in telehealth, telemental health, and telebehavioral health. An immediate success with Learners from more than 30 countries in the first year, TBHI formally widened its business plan and learning content to include Learners internationally.

Accreditations & Approvals

In 2011, TBHI earned full accreditation by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer Continuing education (CE) hours for counselors. In 2012, TBHI earned full accreditation by the American Medical Association through an affiliate to offer continuing medical education (CME) hours for physicians and their staff. In 2013, TBHI earned its full accreditation by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing education (CE) hours for psychologists. in 2015, TBHI earned its full accreditation by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to offer Continuing education (CE) hours for addiction professionals. In 2017, TBHI earned full accreditation by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons to offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for physicians, physicians assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and other medical staff. In 2017, TBHI's training was approved by the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS) for offering competency-based training that meets the stringent criteria developed by CTiBS to evaluate the evidence-base upon which telehealth training is developed.

Trademarked Designations & Search Engine

In 2019, TBHI trademarked its new designation, Board Certified Telehealth Professional at two micro certification levels, Level I and Level II. Each designation denotes excellence in professional training. TBHI's trademarked, digitized credential that can be displayed not only in the form of certificates to proudly mount on an office wall, but also in digitized form to display their symbols of accomplishment on their web presences, such as their chosen social media, to automatically send to all interested parties through their own dashboards and to verify in TBHI's trademarked search engine for graduates to send interested parties for credential verification.

Mission Statements

The mission of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, LLC is to provide clinical, legal, ethical, and competency-based professional training, staffing, and consultation to advance the responsible use of technology in healthcare. The mission of the Telehealth Institute (TI) is to provide easily-accessible and affordable support services for telehealth.

Beneficiaries of Services

TBHI is devoted to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of organizations, healthcare practitioners, administrators, supervisors and investors wishing to thrive in telehealth, including but not limited to telebehavioral health, telemental health, digital health, mHealth, e-health, telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, and coaching. TI is devoted to providing support to the worldwide community of all stakeholders in the form of low-cost or no-cost services.

Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D. has been a leader in telehealth since 1994. As the Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, LLC (TBHI), she specializes in researching, developing, and delivering tailored telehealth professional training for commercial payers, clinical groups, professional associations, and directly to professionals through the telehealth.org website.  She has been the author of four books in telebehavioral health, is currently writing another for graduate students. She is an international speaker/keynoter on a range of topics related to the new technologies including clinical, legal, and ethical compliance; the challenges/opportunities of treatment as mediated through technology; and the future of healthcare in the 21st Century.  She offers consultation to health and behavioral health insurance companies, community clinics, physician groups, universities, technology companies, and independent practitioners.

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Core Telebehavioral Health Institute Faculty

* Maheu, M. M., Pulier, M. L., Wilhelm, F. H., McMenamin, J., & Brown-Connolly, N. (2004). The Mental Health Professional and The New Technologies: A Handbook for Practice Today. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Available in our Amazon bookstore: under “Online Counseling Books” or from the publisher.

Graduate Program Faculty
  • Kenneth Drude, Ph.D. has a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois. He provides outpatient psychological services in a general private practice near Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Drude has clinical and administrative experience in providing mental health services in small and large mental health centers, a nursing home facility, children and adult hospitals, and the education and training of psychology graduate students.
  • Shawna Wright, Ph.D., LP is a licensed psychologist in Kansas and Nebraska. Her clinical training focused on child and family treatment, and she has a background in community mental health. She currently works in private practice as a telepsychologist.
Guest Faculty & Presenters
  • Joe Bavonese, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, and Director of the Relationship Institute with three offices in southeastern Michigan. Joe is also the Co-Director of Uncommon Practices, which helps private practitioners create their ideal practice through consultation, webinars, and live workshops.
  • Pamela Forducey, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist at Integris Health, Oklahoma.
  • Mary Bradshaw, Ed.D. is a seasoned Mental Health Therapist, demonstrating expertise and broad ranging experience in planning and providing holistic individual and family therapy services with specialization in Trauma, PTSD, Crisis Intervention, Addictions, Depression, Duel Diagnosis, Suicide Survivor, Grief and Loss, Military Life/ Military Family Reintegration, and Special Needs Children and Adults. Dr. Bradshaw is a co-author on the TBHI Telesupervision Theory & Practice course, available here.
  • Terry Burton — State Senator, Mississippi
  • Jonathan Evans, M.A. — CEO, Innovatel
  • Mario Gutierrez, M.P.H. — Director, Center For Connected Health Policy
  • Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. is a San Francisco-based Psychologist. She is on the CPA Ethics Committee and is most known for her internationally cited Social Media Policy, her post-treatment client satisfaction survey (Getting Better), and for her nationwide CE courses on Digital and Social Media ethics.
  • Timothy Lacy, MD served as the Air Force Chief of Telemedicine, Imaging, and Cybermedicine for the USAF Surgeon General from 2005-2010.
  • Jonathan Linkous, M.B.A. — CEO, American Telemedicine Association
  • David Luxton, PhD , Psychologist, Technologist, Consultant, Author, Research Health Scientist at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA
  • Robert McGrath, Ph.D. — Professor of Psychology, Farleigh Dickinson University
  • Mindy Mueller, Psy.D. received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School, her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Boston College, and her Master’s in Child and Family Development at Syracuse University.
  • Christa M. Natoli is the Director for the Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law. She addresses multi-disciplinary licensing issues.
  • Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who served as co-chair for the writing of the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth Guidelines.
  • Les Posen is an Australian Psychologist, anxiety management specialist, and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.
  • Dawn Sampson, LCSW received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from California State University, Long Beach, her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, and she is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California (lic. # LCS23139).
  • Jill Mestel Squyres, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1987. She is a licensed psychologist in Texas and Colorado and has been in private practice since 2002.
  • René Y. Quashie, JD is a legal and regulatory attorney for the Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law. He will discuss reimbursement issues.
  • Carolyn Turvey, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her specialty areas are mood disorders and neuropsychology.
  • Michael Young, JD is an Internet attorney who helps professionals grow lawsuit-free companies online.

What Others Are Saying

“The program has afforded me flexibility with my practice, giving me confidence in technology while providing me with opportunities to restructure my private practice."

-Robin Dilley, Ph.D.

“Not only have I learned about the elements of telemental health, your presentation of the subject is also reinforcing principles of quality and ethical service delivery regardless of delivery modality. Your humor is so engaging it is actually enjoyable to listen to the material.”

-Kathleen Judy, MS, LPCC

“So convenient to find everything I need in one place.”

-Bonnie Johnson, LCP

“I’m very impressed with the speakers that you brought together ....”

-Margaretha Hoek, MA

“I am learning so much from this experience with TBHI.”

-Sandra Eberhardt, Ph.D.

“Thank you TBH Institute for your current and necessary information for practitioners in today’s global behavioral healthcare fields…”

-Ellen Skogsberg

“Your mobile-compatible training website is very nice and user friendly!”

-Dianna Bruno, Ph.D.

“Again, my appreciation for what I have learned, and for the tremendous standard of excellence, knowledge and insight which you bring to our field.”

-Ellen Swallow, Ph.D.

“Again, my appreciation for what I have learned, and for the tremendous standard of excellence, knowledge and insight which you bring to our field.”

-Ellen Swallow, Ph.D.

“Dr. Maheu is psychology’s Telehealth visionary, leading our colleagues through professional training in ethics and innovative technologies since the mid-90’s.”

-Pat DeLeon, Ph.D., MPH, JD, Former President, American Psychological Association

“Dr. Maheu is a leading national expert on the application of psychology in Telehealth, online services and use of new technologies to support and expand your practice.”

-James Bray, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine

“Marlene has worked at the forefront of Telehealth for many years and has substantial expertise in the area. I strongly recommend her as a speaker and consultant in this arena.”

-Gerald Koocher, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Provost at Simmons College

“For nearly 20 years Marlene has been the leader in thought, training and advocacy regarding the impact of technology on mental health professions.”

-Donna Ford MA, Former President, American Counseling Association

"Marlene is an intelligent, thoughtful, and diligent clinical psychologist. I've known her for years and her work in ethics and telehealth have been of the highest caliber."

-Reid Hester, Ph.D.Partner, Behavior Therapy Associates, LLP

"Thank you for spearheading a wonderful presentation on grants for us at the ATA Telerehab SIG."

-Tammy Richmond MS, OTR/L, FAOTA ATA Telerehab SIG Chair

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