101 – Introduction to Telemental Health Theory and Practice

6 CE Hours Available * This course qualifies for Legal & Ethical CE Hours.

This training course is offered 24/7, available complete at your own pace (anytime within 6 months from registration date)

Course Description

Get your feet wet with this overview of telehealth theory and practice. Whether you seek to start a full TBHI certification program, start on the learning path to that certification, or just get enough information to decide if telehealth is for you, this survey course will provide enough information about the key aspects of telehealth so that you can make decisions about how you’d like to proceed.

This 6-hour introduction provides a brief introduction to telehealth terms, concepts to lay the groundwork for you to glimpse the remarkably fast-growing scientific literature related to telehealth. It will then delve deeper to help you grasp fundamental legal, ethical, clinical, technical, and reimbursement strategies for leveraging your services with the power and reach of your Internet.

This program will also expose you to the basics of online assessment, as well as get you thinking about every clinician’s worst fear — how to handle telehealth emergencies. You’ll get accurate and up to date information about practicing over state lines, HIPAA and HITECH and which technologies to start considering to match your clients/patient’s needs as well as your own needs and preferences.

Taught by world-class faculty members whose passion has led the field for more than two decades, you will appreciate the benefit that only decades of experience can deliver. This introductory training program can help you decide if telehealth or for you, if it is manageable in terms of your legal and ethical “to-do’s,” and get you started toward building your own legal, ethical, and evidence-based telepractice.

Topics* (Click on titles below to see details.)

You are offered not only a quick-and-easy table summarizing relevant key terms and quickly immersed in the robust literature supporting telemental health as it has evolved since 1959 using a variety of technologies. This portion of this introductory course gives you a high-level overview and synthesis of KEY CONCEPTS from more than 3,500 evidence-based books and journal articles in telemental health, telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy and behavioral telehealth. You will be given information about how and where to look up more information when you need it for your own telepractice.
You are introduced to how and where the use of technology in behavioral care is applicable. This portion of the course is designed to help you gain an overall perspective to what is happening nationally with health care reform via technology – and why behavioral and telemental health are now considered the next big “boomtown” for healthcare expansion. Given that telemental health can easily transport the clinician across large distances, issues of multi-cultural, multilingual and diversity become very important. This course also introduces the clinician to these issues and offers practical solutions to dilemmas that may evolve.
As a telepractitioner, you will need to recognize appropriate use of telemental health, asynchronous email/message posting, asynchronous video conferencing, synchronous digital chat, video-assisted therapy and other electronically supported modes of delivery. This course will help orient you to the primary technologies used for behavioral health, substance use and mental health. You are given fundamental tools and skills to understand how to adapt traditional, in-person psychiatric, psychological, social work and counseling techniques to telemental health. Theoretical integration is accomplished in a number of ways, including the strategic placement of carefully crafted vignettes to bring this course to life, clearly showing you how you can adapt your current work to a safe and effective use of technology to reach more people, leverage your time and resources, and do it all from the comfort of your own home or office.
To manage your own risk and that of your client/patient, while offering the highest quality of care, you will want to know everything you can about informed consent and other documentation. such documents can include your intake form, referral system, HIPAA policies, emergency reporting systems and other required emergency documentation, etc. After all is said and done, how carefully you document this process will protect both you and your client/patient if ever there is a problem. In this course, you are given an outline of key considerations and that are crucial for telemental health risk management.
You probably already know that assessment through technology isn’t the same as in-person. Many important and often pivotal cues are lost when working through any type of technology, even video. It introduces key concepts such as ethical test standardization, administration and the sharing of assessment results. It will introduce you to the leading researchers, their findings, relevant ethical codes and where to get more specific tele-assessment information in the scientific literature. This course will help you think about how to conduct a video-based mental status, gait analysis and hygiene checks.
Working with clients/patients from other states is possible for many professionals, but must be done carefully and be well documented. This course helps you understand state law vs. federal law related to “licensure portability,” how to legally and ethically work over state lines, the difficulties involved, which questions to ask, where to go for more information, and other tips from leaders in the field so you can get the answers you need to help you sleep at night.
Understanding privacy and security standards as set by federal laws (i.e., the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the HITECH ACT in the United States (as well as PIPEDA and other laws in Canada). It provides guidance to help you understand and use only the high quality practices and procedures that legally and ethically protect clients/patients. It helps you safeguard yourself against litigation by outlining how to protect your client/patient’s electronic information.
This course helps you recognize similarities and differences between in-person and telemental health closure while providing technology-assisted strategies for reestablishing contact if and/or when is it necessary.
You probably need to know how to support yourself while enjoying the many advantages of online practice. Aside from benefiting from the decreased overhead when working from any secured location (including your home), and the increased flexibility of scheduling whenever you have available time. Learn about the variety of funding sources for reimbursement for telepractice.
You are introduced to the many ways to legally and ethically promote yourself, your agency, hospital or academic program into your existing suite of therapeutic/clinical services. You are shown specific legal and ethical codes of relevance, as well as examples of successful online campaigns to draw attention to your work in the context of the “business” of technology-based practice.
You are given an outline of the burgeoning field of internet “over-use” disorders, including how children’s brains are showing irreversible changes, how gambling, pornography, and other addictive” processes are intentionally designed to capture and hold the attention of our vulnerable populations.

*These topics meet states’ identified telemental health competency requirements as they have been released to date (California, Georgia, etc.)

Introduction to Telemental Health Theory and Practice

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Course Details: 101 – Introduction to Telemental Health Theory and Practice

    • Where: 100% Online
    • When: Available 24/7 to review anytime for 6 months from registration date

Course Objectives

  • Identify at least 3 basic definitions used to describe telemental health as a field
  • Intelligently discuss at least 3 primary legal concerns to be addressed in telemental health
  • Intelligently discuss at least 3 primary ethical concerns to be addressed in telemental health
  • List at least 3 legitimate ways to approach online assessment
  • Describe at least 2 issues of relevance to practicing over state lines
  • Identify which of the many technologies used today meets HIPAA, HITECH and PIPEDA requirements
  • Identify which of the many technologies used today is preferred by insurance companies
  • Responsibly outline how to approach termination with an online client/patient
  • Show where to access more than 3,000 searchable evidence-based references for telemental health

TBHI Faculty

Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D.

Dr. Maheu has been a leader in telemental health since 1994. With four textbooks, dozens of book chapters and journal articles to her name, as well as having educated more than 15,000 clinicians, she is in a unique position to guide you or your organization in finding a maximally profitable niche in this rapidly expanding market. She is a master at getting to the point and answering your questions with clear, actionable, evidence-based suggestions that will move you to your goal both quickly and accurately.

Myron Pulier

Dr. Pulier has been a Board Certified psychiatrist since the early 1970s and has worked as a clinician, researcher, administrator and teacher. He was the Medical Psychiatric Director for a multi-state managed care division of PruCare and co-founded and co-directed a private multidisciplinary mental health clinic tailored for managed care needs. He designed and constructed a novel affordable computer-controlled all-electronic tachistoscope and served as PhD thesis adviser for a Fairleigh Dickenson University graduate student using this instrument to investigate backward masking phenomena in schizophrenia.

Introduction to Telemental Health Theory and PracticeThis program is for beginning and intermediate-level “telepractitioners” and “telesupervisors” wishing to deliver telemental health services in these disciplines:

  • 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

Course Details:

  • Access to the power and interactivity of the most cutting-edge technology available today for learning (login is required)
  • All materials are included with this course
  • All Learners must pass the post-tests at a rate of 80% or higher. The post-test(s) can be taken as often as needed within the paid access period
  • Printable course completion certificate for your licensing board
  • Access to TBHI Community Forum to ask related questions
  • Full customer support
  • 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days!
  • This program is approved for 6 CE Hours, applicable toward state requirements for Legal/Ethical Continuing Education. TBHI is approved by several CE-approval providing groups to sponsor CE Hours. Please review our provider information at telehealth.org/continuing-education. (We recommend you confirm with your licensing board that they accept our CE provider status. If you have any questions, please contact us.)




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