BCTP™ Application

Professionals seeking to be certified in telehealth from the Telebehavioral Health Institute (TBHI) are encouraged to apply for the distinguished Board Certified Telehealth Professional™ (BCTP™) credential.

Core requirements include:

  • A professional license in good standing from your state board or certification from an accepted certifying body that has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
    • Associates or supervisees of professionals who attest to complying with their national association or approved certifying groups as identified below.
    • Professionals with an active qualifying credential in a healthcare field from the list below.
  • APN (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)
  • DO (Doctor of Osteopathy)
  • LAC (Licensed Associate Counselor)
  • LADAC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor)
  • LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
  • LAMFT (Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist)
  • LAPC (Licensed Associate Professional Counselor)
  • LASAC (Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor)
  • LCADC (Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
  • LCAS (Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist)
  • LCAT (Licensed Creative Arts Therapist)
  • LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)
  • LCDP (Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional)
  • LCMFT (Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist)
  • LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor)
  • LCP (Licensed Clinical Psychologist)
  • LCP (Licensed Counseling Professional)
  • MD Medical Doctor
  • NP (Nurse Practitioner)
  • PA (Physician’s Assistant)
  • LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor)
  • LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
  • LCSW-C (Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical)
  • LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker)
  • LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)
  • LIMFT (Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist)
  • LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker)
  • LISW-CP (Licensed Independent Social Worker – Clinical Practice)
  • LLP (Limited Licensed Psychologist)
  • LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)
  • LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor)
  • LMHP (Licensed Mental Health Practitioner)
  • LMSW (Licensed Master Social Worker)
  • LMSW-ACP (Licensed Master Social Worker-Advanced Clinical Practitioner)
  • LP (Licensed Psychoanalyst)
  • LP (Licensed Psychologist)
  • LPA (Licensed Psychological Associate)
  • LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
  • LpastC (Licensed Pastoral Counselor)
  • LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor)
  • LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor)
  • LPCMH (Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health)
  • LPE (Licensed Psychological Examiner)
  • LPP (Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist)
  • LSATP (Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner)
  • LSCSW (Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker)
  • LSP (Licensed School Psychologist)
  • LSW (Licensed Social Worker)
  • LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse)

Other Types of Licenses

  • PLMHP (Provisionally Licensed Mental Health Practitioner)
  • PLPC (Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor)
  • TLLP (Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist)
  • LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselor Associate)
  • ABPN Diplomate (American Board of Professional Neuropsychology)
  • ABPP (American Board of Professional Psychology)
  • ACS (Approved Clinical Supervisor)
  • ACSW (Academy of Clinical Social Workers)
  • ADTR (Academy of Dance Therapists Registered)
  • APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse)
  • ATR (Registered Art Therapist)
  • ATR-BC (Registered Art Therapist – Board Certified)
  • BCBA-D (Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral)
  • BCBA (Board Certified Behavior Analyst)
  • BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst)
  • BCBT (Board Certification in Bereavement Trauma)
  • BCD (Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work)
  • BCDT (Board Certification in Disability Trauma)
  • BCDV (Board Certification in Domestic Violence)
  • BCETS (Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress)
  • BCFT (Board Certification in Forensic Traumatology)
  • BCIT (Board Certification in Illness Trauma)
  • BCMVT (Board Certification in Motor Vehicle Trauma)
  • BCPM (Board Certification in Pain Management)
  • BCRT (Board Certification in Rape Trauma)
  • BCSA (Board Certification in Sexual Abuse)
  • BCSCR (Board Certification in School Crisis Response)
  • BCSM (Board Certification in Stress Management)
  • BCUCR (Board Certification in University Crisis Response)
  • CAC (Certified Addictions Counselor)
  • CAC (Certified Alcoholism Counselor)
  • CADAC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor)
  • CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
  • CAMF (Certified Anger Management Facilitator)
  • CAP (Certified Addictions Professional)
  • CART (Certified Anger Resolution Therapist)
  • CAS (Certified Addiction Specialist)
  • CASAC (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor)
  • CBT (Certified Bioenergetic Therapist)
  • CCADC (Certified Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
  • CCDP (Certified Chemical Dependency Professional)
  • CCHT (Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist)
  • CCPT (Certified Clinical Pastoral Therapist)
  • CCMH (Clinical Counselor in Mental Health)
  • CCMHC (Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor)
  • CCSW (Certified Clinical Social Worker)
  • CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional)
  • CEDS (Certified Eating Disorders Specialist)
  • CFLE (Certified Family Life Educator)
  • CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist)
  • CHT (Certified Hypnotherapist)
  • CICSW (Certified Independent Clinical Social Worker)
  • CISW (Certified Independent Social Worker)
  • CMFT (Certified Marriage and Family Therapist)
  • CP (Certified Psychologist)
  • CP (Clinical Psychologist)
  • CpastC (Certified Pastoral Counselor)
  • CPC (Certified Professional Counselor)
  • CRADC (Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
  • CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor)
  • CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselor)
  • CSW (Certified Social Worker)
  • CSW (Clinical Social Worker)
  • CSW-C (Certified Social Worker–Clinical)
  • DAPA (Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association)
  • DCC (Distance Credentialed Counselor)
  • DCSW (Diplomate in Clinical Social Work)
  • DO (Osteopath)
  • DOT SAP (Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional)
  • DTR (Dance Therapist Registered)
  • MAC (Master Addiction Counselor)
  • MAC (Master Addictions Counselor)
  • MD (Physician)
  • MFCC (Marriage, Family and Child Counselor)
  • MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist)
  • MT-BC (Music Therapist-Board Certified)
  • NBCCH (National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist)
  • NBCDCH (National Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy)
  • NCC (National Certified Counselor)
  • NCPsyA (Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst)
  • NCSC (National Certified School Counselor)
  • NP (Nurse Practitioner)
  • PA (Physician’s Assistant)
  • PA (Psychological Associate)
  • PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)
  • RAS (Registered Addiction Specialist)
  • RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)
  • RDT (Registered Drama Therapist)
  • REAT (Registered Expressive Arts Therapist)
  • RN (Registered Nurse)
  • RPC (Registered Professional Counselor)
  • RPT (Registered Play Therapist)
  • RPT-S (Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor)
  • SAP (Substance Abuse Professional)
  • SW (Social Worker)

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, LLC (TBHI) requires TBHI credential applicants and current credential holders attest to being in full compliance with their profession’s ethical code while holding the Board Certified Telehealth Professional (BCTP™) designation. If practicing in multiple professions, the ethical code of the most restrictive profession prevails. If any criminal, legal or disciplinary related legal and ethical convictions occur while a professional is credentialed, TBHI must be notified by the TBHI credential holder in writing within sixty (60) days of the occurrence.

All applicants or certificants must manage their conduct when interacting with TBHI staff and representatives.

TBHI will carefully consider all applications for initial credentialing or renewal consistent with the policy outlined herein. Applications can lead to denial of the TBHI credential if any one or more of the following ethical issues cloud the application process:


A. Criminal Matters (convictions, guilty pleas or deferred adjudications)

Any applicant convicted of a serious crime is “presumptively ineligible” for TBHI credentialing. More specifically, the conviction of the following types of crimes will result in a decision of ineligibility and rejection of application:

      1. Those crimes involving death, physical harm, or the threat of physical harm to a person (e.g., murder, domestic violence, assault, threats communicated directly or through digital media)
      2. Those crimes related to sex in any way
      3. Crimes involving the abuse of the elderly, persons with diminished physical or mental capacity, children
      4. Crimes involving intimidation, restraint or involuntary enslavement (e.g., terrorist threats, hate crimes, cyberbullying, kidnapping, human trafficking)
      5. Crimes against the property of others, or involving the deception of others (e.g., embezzlement, theft, arson, forgery, fraud)
      6. Crimes involving the manufacture or distribution of illegal, dangerous or controlled substances
      7. Crimes involving possession of a controlled substance (schedule I or II such as heroin, cocaine, oxycodone)
      8.  Any citation or crime involving the operation of  a motor vehicle or other large machinery with impaired ability
      9. Conviction or guilty plea related to a crime leading to a deferred adjudication but not identified above.
      10. 10. Currently the subject of a complaint or disciplinary review by a government entity (e.g. immigration, insurance commission, licensing or registration board), employer or other occupational organization.
      11. Past or current termination or discharge from employment related to inappropriate conduct.
      12. Past or current identification as a defendant in a legal action relating to their profession.
      13. Academic discipline by a graduate degree program for reasons of conduct.


A. Criteria

All relevant information will be evaluated for credentialing. To assure balance in the TBHI decision-making process, the following criteria are used when considering the above-related issues:

1. The time frame, severity, and relevance of the event(s) in question to the applicant’s academic conduct, professional activities, or ethical duties.
2. The level of compliance with the requirements or conditions of any intervening court or another administrative body.
3. The time period that has elapsed since the completion of all conditions and requirements by the intervening employer, review board, court, government body, organizational, or educational institution.
4. The degree to which TBHI’s credentialing of the individual would negatively impact the public’s trust of TBHI and its credential.

B. Submitting False Information

An applicant submitting inaccurate or false information to TBHI in the application or application process will be presumptively ineligible for TBHI credentialing, and their application will be rejected. The applicant will remain ineligible for credentialing for a minimum period of seven (7) years following a related application denial.

Once the applicant’s credential ineligibility period has ended, the applicant may submit a request to re-apply for TBHI credentialing and be required to submit additional documentation. Such documents will be reviewed according to then-current TBHI fees, policies and procedures.

C. Conduct

An applicant or certificant who engages in any of the following conduct with TBHI staff or representatives will be subject to credential revocation, credential application rejection, and/or other credential conditions at the sole discretion of TBHI:

● Repeated telephone, digital or in-person actions designed to intimidate, threaten, harass, or abuse
● The use of profane or vulgar language in any communication


Decisions regarding credentialing will be communicated to the applicant or certificant in writing and delivered via email. At the sole discretion of TBHI, TBHI reserves the right to publish or release decisions made under this policy to third parties, including individuals, agencies, or organizations, including law enforcement and the court.

TBHI credential application fees will not be refunded to applicants for rejected applications based on the policies described herein.

  • Holders of the any other group’s designations can sit for the TBHI BCTP exam bypassing the TBHI Micro Certification level I by sitting for the TBHI Qualifying exam.
  • Disclosure of any ethical, legal, criminal, or disciplinary actions must provide full disclosure. All disclosures will be processed according to current TBHI policies and procedures. Please write to TBHI for more information.
  • Please note that the submission of fees and required documentation does NOT guarantee credentialing. All decisions will be delivered in writing to the applicant’s email address.

Send questions and a request for the application form to the TBHI support desk. (We look forward to working with you to make your process clear and straightforward. Your feedback about how we are doing is always welcomed!)



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