About Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc.

History of TBHI

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, LLC. (TBHI) was formed in 2009 as the TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. by Dr. Marlene Maheu with volunteer support by Myron Pulier, MD and Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD. TBHI opened its online learning facility to professional colleagues seeking continuing medical education and continuing education training in telehealth, telemental health, and telebehavioral health. Today, the online facility has served more than 7800 general medical or behavioral health and service professionals from over 76 countries. 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, webinars that are audio and video-based or sold as packages, which can lead to being certified with the Board Certified Telehealth Professional designation. All training is 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 seeking to significantly decrease the learning curve and get started quickly and efficiently.

TBHI's Story

TBHI was founded by Drs. Maheu, Pulier, and McMenamin after over a decade of collaborative work in behavioral telehealth as a writing team dedicated to documenting the telemental and telebehavioral health evidence base in textbooks. Their shared passion was to research, describe, and disseminate information related to the responsible use of technology in healthcare, starting with behavioral health. Dr. Maheu funded, developed, and maintains the Institute, which is housed at telehealth.org. She has also led two writing teams to publish telehealth-related textbooks for which she had successfully negotiated ownership of the copyright. Dr. Maheu, Pulier, and McMenamin then set about to condense the printed materials of those previously written textbooks into coursework that could be accessed 24/7 through an eLearning software platform designed to make such training available in a multi-modal, Internet-based format for easy learning and course management. The Institue has since expanded into medicine, with programs focused on the use of videoconferencing, the telephone, email, text messaging, including heart-rate variability for use by physicians, osteopaths, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists in addition to psychologists, social workers, counselors, behavior analysts and students. In 2017, TBHI's training was approved by the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS). In 2019, TBHI affiliated with the Telehealth Institute (TI), which now issues the Board-Certified Telehealth Professional designation to graduates of TBHI's evidence-based Level I and Level II Certificate Training Programs.

Our Mission Statement

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.

Beneficiaries of TBHI Services

TBHI is devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of organizations and practitioners seeking to thrive in any area of telehealth, including but not limited to telebehavioral health, telemental health, digital health, mHealth, e-health, telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, and coaching.

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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