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How is training offered at Telehealth.org?
1. First, please tell me about Telehealth.org?
Telehealth.org was founded by Marlene M. Maheu, PhD. As one of telehealth’s early pioneers, Dr. Maheu could see the many advantages of offering health services to people in their own environments. She focus on legal and ethical issues, and well, the rest is history! Today, after several iterations and name changes, Telehealth.org, is dedicated to offering telehealth training, consulting, and staffing services to the worldwide professional health community. It has developed step-by-step guidance for planning, launching, and growing telehealth clinical services and programs. With Telehealth.org’s 100% online training platform, professionals with access to the Internet from anywhere in the world can have immediate and 24/7 access to the full suite of Telehealth.org services, including:
- On-Demand Telehealth Training (Live Events & Recordings) — inexpensive, timely, and topic-focused 1-hour discussions to keep you up-to-date and fully informed of legal, ethical, and regulatory updates, industry developments, and other cutting-edge topics. They are accessible by computer or smart device in a LIVE format and, afterward, in recorded form through our On-Demand Library. All webinars include a CME, CNE, or CE contact hour recognized by most state and provincial licensing boards.
- Certificate Training Programs — training to teach you the latest evidence-based fundamentals, models, strategies, and technologies used in telebehavioral health. Depending on your needs, three programs are available: 15 hours, 36 hours, and 70+ hours. All graduates can apply for the Board Certified Telehealth Professional (BCTP®) designation.
- Based on a detailed set of interprofessionally derived competencies advanced by Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS), Telehealth.org offers training compliant with the identified CTiBS competencies requirements, which are the most highly published anywhere in the world.
- Telebehavioral Health Consulting – Telehealth.org consults with hospitals, agencies, clinics, group practices, and individuals wishing to jump-start their telebehavioral health programs, credential providers, and offer other support services. Telehealth.org’s team of experienced consultants can help with strategic planning, reimbursement, technology choices, legal and ethical risk management, and staff development/placement. Telehealth.org also consults with start-up technology companies seeking to develop new verticals in the behavioral health space.
- Publishing: 55 Telehealth Newsletters – Telehealth.org’s publishing arm offers 55 telehealth-related newsletters at no cost to the recipient and provides advertising opportunities to those parties seeking to reach the 370k licensed professionals currently receiving Telehealth.org’s newsletters.
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2. When is the Telehealth.org training? How long does it take?
Telehealth.org’s professional training is offered both 100% online and in-person. Telehealth.org’s online coursework gives you access 24/7. You will receive a rich multimedia platform to enhance your enjoyment and learning retention.
- Most of the training is written, following optimal instructional design principles of text-based information with links to primary and secondary source documents, interspersed with images, audio, and video segments to punctuate an important point.
- All video segments follow the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for being available with captions or a transcript.
- To help improve learning comprehension and retention, “Essential Points” in bullet points are provided at the top of many pages to help you initially grasp the important issues and give clues as to which specific topics are considered important enough to re-address in the post-tests.
- The training is also annotated with footnotes to give you the inside story on several important issues.
- Courses are self-paced, meaning you can stop and start at your convenience.
- A PDF format is available for all print courses if you’d like to carry the PDF to read as you move about your world. Audio and video recordings are available online 24/7.
- Telehealth.org training is self-directed in that it contains several high-quality links to primary source documents throughout the Internet that we’ve assembled for your convenience to deepen your learning.
- The training content has been highly edited by more than 100 reviewers who are professionals in the field, so you can trust that it is accurate, well-written, and easy to comprehend.
- Telehealth.org’s professional training has received many accolades from colleagues who appreciate our optimized instructional design format, content richness, and superior customer support. To see these comments, look at this testimonial page.
- You can also print your Certificate from our website.
Completing the Telehealth.org training will require approximately the same number of training time as CME, CNE, or CE hours offered with each course. A 6-hour course will take about 6 hours to complete, depending on how quickly you read. A one-hour course typically involves approximately 10,000 words, minus the words involved with presenting audio and video segments. The course evaluation and post-test will require you to return to the website to respond to questions. Post-tests must be passed with an 80% or better grade to get the course completion certificate with CME, CNE, or CE designations. otherwise, you will be allowed to print a generic course completion certificate.
You can complete all training anytime within six months from the date of purchase of any webinars, single courses, or the BCTP-I or BCTP-II Certificate program. You will be granted twelve months of access if you purchase the Telehealth.org BCTP-III Certificate program that comes with many bonuses in the “All-Access Pass.” It also comes with 12 monthly LIVE- Q&A Tele-Consults with one of Telehealth.org’s Core Faculty. If you need more time to complete your courses, extended access is available for a modest fee in increments of 6 months. To extend your access, please click here.
If you’d prefer in-person training, please write to us below to request a calendar for Telehealth.org’s live events. If you’d like to invite a Telehealth.org speaker, please submit a speaking request below).
3. Do you offer Continuing Medical Education (CME), Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) or Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours?
Telehealth.org has been formally approved by several groups, but if you are not sure whether your licensing board will accept our training, please send your Licensing Board the link to our accreditation and approval page to get their written approval.
4. What about international issues? Which countries are served by Telehealth.org?
Telehealth.org has a worldwide reputation for excellence in telehealth training amongst healthcare professions. Telehealth.org is proud to have served registered trainees from these 94 countries to date:
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- French Guiana
- Hong Kong
- Korea, Republic Of
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- Puerto Rico
- Russian Federation
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Trinidad And Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- United States Minor Outlying Islands
- Virgin Islands (U.S.)
How do I get help with the Telehealth.org website?
5. When is Telehealth.org's customer service team available?
Whenever a question arises, just send an email below. It will be held until our staff comes in for the next shift. If you need help with a particular course, please be sure to mention the name of the course and supply us with your phone number in case your email address is non-responsive (this happens more often than you might imagine). Our staff can answer your questions, change your login, or help you with any other issues. We are also available Monday – Friday, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific time, by email, live chat, or telephone appointment. To be given a telephone call from our staff, just email us through our Contact Center and suggest a few good times for us to reach you. We’ll be happy to answer your questions or even give you a “walk-through” of our facility if you like.
6. I missed part of the webinar, what do I do?
We’ve got you covered. All of our webinars are recorded and available for your convenience for up to 6 months from your date of purchase. You may review the recording through the Telehealth.org Training Center. Please note that it may take up to 3 days after an event to update the course with the webinar recording.
7. I'm having trouble printing my certificates.
Internet Explorer sometimes has problems opening automated certificates, so our first suggestion would be to try Chrome or Firefox as your Internet Browser software. Otherwise, we can email your certificates directly to you as an attachment. Just contact us below and be sure to let us know if you are working on a deadline.
8. What do I do if I have any other questions or concerns?
Please contact us by sending a written note below at your convenience. We answer messages during business hours between 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM, Pacific time. If you prefer a telephone response, just let us know where and when to reach you and we’ll call you. You’ll be answered by our friendly support staff who is grateful for your feedback and a chance to make it right.
9. Accommodations for Disabilities
The Telehealth.org training materials are written in Arial font to facilitate reading with appropriate alt tags for those who prefer or cannot see images. All audio and video recordings are produced with captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing Learners. PDF’s of all training is available for individuals who prefer to print and read training offline. Accommodations have successfully been developed for individual trainees with more specialized needs upon request. They will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Just write to us, tell us which adaptive devices you are now using and what you need from us. Please mention any deadlines.
10. What do I do if I have a problem with my training?
If anything is amiss, please immediately write to us using the form below. We have dedicated staff to help you resolve any questions or issues. If you can send exact URLs of pages with problems and a screenshot of what you see on your screen when you encounter a problem, that may be helpful. If you can include the type of computer that you are using (MAC or PC), along with the name of the browser (Safari, Chrome, Opera, etc.), that information can help us resolve some of the more complex issues.
Or maybe you just want someone to talk you through the process? For example, if you need someone to walk you through our online programming, we are happy to call you by telephone to explain where you may need to click while you are on your computer. Once through a few of our pages, you will most likely be like our other Learners and come to understand the logic and convenience of an elearning platform. By the way, we’ve had successful Learners in their 90’s use our system.
11. If I'm not satisfied, can I get a refund?
Refunds are available for any course within 30 days of purchase if you are dissatisfied. However, there will be a $25 refund fee. Please allow us to remedy any disappointments by writing to us first. Our contact desk is available from Monday to Friday during business hours. If you would like a phone call rather than an email response, please provide times you’ll be available and where you can be reached. (a telephone number, a mobile number, and a direct line, including an extension, if any).
12. Your current pricing is lower than what I originally paid when I purchased it in the last 30 days. Can I get a refund for the difference?
Like any retail store, reduced pricing is unavailable to everyone who purchases the product at a different price. We appreciate your help honoring your agreed-upon price at the time of your purchase.
How do I register?
13. How do I register for training?
Choose from one of our Board Certified Telehealth Professional (BCTP) certificate programs here, or our on-demand specialty topics here. If you want to customize your program, please contact us.
14. Do I use a credit card to pay?
Yes, we accept all major forms of credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. For alternate payment options, please get in touch with us below.
For your convenience, we also offer a monthly payment plan option on select programs. After your initial purchase, your credit card will be set up to be charged for that payment on that same date for the remaining payments.
SPECIAL NOTE: Please inform us of credit card changes. Reinstatement will incur a $45 administrative fee. Your access to Telehealth.org will be suspended immediately upon credit card failure.
15. Are discount coupons available?
To thank you for taking the time to read about our program, please accept our offer of 5% off any single training program purchase at Telehealth.org. Use this coupon code: FAQ5 in our shopping cart. (One discount per person, please.)
16. How can I purchase training from a foreign country?
Add any training item to your cart. Near the end of the checkout process, select PayPal as your payment option. PayPal will allow you to use your preferred currency in most cases. If you need assistance with currency equivalence or discounted rates for international training, please contact us using the form below.
How can I tell if Telehealth.org’s training is right for me?
17. How computer savvy ado I need to be?
A basic understanding of your computer and how to navigate the Internet is all you need to get started. Our courses are set up to be user-friendly, and our support staff will help you if you find you need assistance with our online training facility.
18. Which Telehealth.org Certificate is best for my needs?
The BCTP®-I Certificate training is best for you if you work in a hospital, clinic, agency, or group setting that is legally and ethically practicing telebehavioral health. The important decisions have already been made. You just need some basic legal, ethical and clinical information about how to think about what has been organized for you.:
- Your technology has been chosen, vetted, installed, and is being managed by your company’s Information Technology (IT) staff.
- Legal counsel has been obtained to approve your telehealth informed consent process and document.
- Your group’s malpractice carrier is engaged and offers you adequate malpractice coverage for delivering telehealth services.
- Your clinical staff has developed a well-defined emergency plan based on local community resources, and an integrated response system is in place if an emergency arises at the client/patient site.
- Your supervisors know what might go wrong, and contingency plans are in place.
- Your billing staff already knows the appropriate telebehavioral health billing codes, place of service designations, and telehealth modifiers.
You will benefit from the fundamentals offered by the BCTP®-I Certificate training to help you think through the issues to see the bigger clinical picture. You are primarily interested in knowing how it all ties together for delivering responsible, professional telehealth care.
The BCTP®-II Certificate training is best for you if you need to attend to the above independently, without an IT department, legal office, billing staff, clinical staff, or supervisors to help you think through the issues. The BCTP®-II Certificate training will help you choose your technology, decide whether or not to use videoconferencing, email, text messaging, and other technologies, set up your virtual office and clinical protocols to follow current telepractice guidelines, and learn how to get paid for your services.
The BCTP®-III Certificate training is best for you if you are an independent practitioner or a supervisor, administrator, or program director. You are responsible for all clinical services and need a broad base of telehealth information that is evidence-based, distilled, and easy to integrate into your everyday workflows. You want the big picture, as well as actionable training that leaves you with to-do lists to help you get the job done quickly and correctly the first time.
The BCTP®-III Certificate is part of Telehealth.org’s All-Access Pass, which also comes packaged with the following:
- Twelve Telehealth.org LIVE Tele-Consults, where you meet on videoconference meetings where you can ask questions about implementation, where to find specialized resources or the nuances that you may need right now to get a specific task accomplished expediently.
- Five bonus courses to help you if questions come up about reimbursement, cybersecurity, zoom fatigue, and more.
- All new programs that are offered at Telehealth.org during the 12 months after your registration.
19. Can I start with Level I Certificate Program, then change it later?
Absolutely. To make changes to your training package, please contact us. Behind the scenes, changing your training program requires staff time and supervision. An administrative fee of $45 will be charged for the implementation of changes after an initial purchase (excluding webinars).
20. Which title will I earn when I complete the Telehealth.org Certificate Program?
Earn your certificate as a Board Certified Telehealth Professional (BCTP-I, II, or III) *. This designation** is increasingly used to recognize our graduates for having completed the most comprehensive and research-based post-graduate training program available anywhere today.
*Certification Mark Pending
**Fees for any of these credentials are included in your Telehealth.org training fee. Testing for the credential is accomplished by passing each course’s post-test with a grade of 80% or higher. Post-tests can be taken up to three times during your paid access period. Extended access periods are available for a modest fee. This credential is valid for three years and requires annual renewal for a fee of $40 per year. Annual renewal requires an additional three hours of training from Telehealth.org.
21. How do I get my certificate?
After completing the courses required for the Certificate Programs: Level I, Level II and All Access Pass, send us a request to manually verify your certificate completion. If you have used the instalment payment program, your entire course payment fee must be paid in full. Please give us 3-5 business days to complete your account verification.
22. Who teaches the courses?
Telehealth.org has earned the respect of many industry leaders who have chosen to be on our faculty by developing coursework, participating in webinars or joining us for online conference interviews about specialty topics. Please feel free to review our faculty page. (If you have specialized telehealth experience and would like to join our faculty by offering a specialty course or webinar, please send us a note below, along with your course outline and Curriculum Vitae.)
23. How do On-Demand Specialty Topics work?
On-Demand Specialty Topics cover updated hot-topic items, helping you obtain the basic information about areas such as secure web-based communication and innovations in behavioral health. The webinars are held live online but also recorded for your convenience. You will have up to 6 months after the purchase to review webinar materials, which include a recording, slides and often, a handout Webinars also allow you to join our Telehealth.org Private Training Discussions, where you can ask questions and interact without other trainees. Telehealth.org slide decks are not available for download/duplication. Rather, your fee pays for 24/7 access by logging into your Telehealth.org training materials and viewing them in the webinar course materials as an interactive slide deck.
24. How do I get my CE or CME Hours?
Once you have completed the coursework, including the required reading, course evaluation, and post-test, you can print your course certificate by choosing the “Course Certificate” option in the navigation menu.
- Course description pages will tell you which courses come with which approvals for CME, CNE, or CE. Some accreditations exclude some types of courses. For example, social workers are typically not allowed CEs for training related to business practices.
- Please note the certificate will print your name as listed in your training account. It is recommended that you check your name in your profile before printing your certificate.
25. How does the Telehealth.org Certificate compare with other available telehealth certificates?
We welcome all such questions and appreciate the opportunity to tell you how we shine. Not only were we the first digital training platform for telehealth worldwide, but here are 12 reasons why Telehealth.org still beats any competition:
- Certificate vs. Certification? Many privately-held training facilities offer “Certifications” when they should not. According to commonly accepted standards, large federal groups such as the US government’s federal behavioral health care arm known as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or the National Insitute of Drug and Alcohol (NIDA) can offer “certifications.” Private groups like Telehealth.org and its competitors should offer “certificates” but not “certifications.”
- Groups who don’t know the difference or exploit the lack of knowledge of acceptable standards among practitioners for such designations have, in our opinion, no business offering a designation of any kind. Telehealth.org offers a “Certificate,” as it is supposed to. It has offered a Certificate for more than a decade.
- Founder’s Breadth of Knowledge. Telehealth.org’s founders are three licensed industry leaders who offer you a far-reaching breadth of information: Marlene M. Maheu, PhD, Myron Pulier, MD, and Joseph McMenamin, MD, JD. Together, they offer the experience and breadth of knowledge that can only come from decades of interprofessional collaboration from the perspective of a psychologist and MFT, psychiatrist and physician, and medical attorney — all of whom have more than 60 years of telehealth specialization.
- Training Experience. Dr. Maheu has trained more than 66,000 professionals in telemental health / telebehavioral health, both online and in person. Her ability to answer questions / point you to available resources is unmatched. (Training is not just about organizing materials to be studied. It is about informed, actionable discussion, anticipating questions, and offering a range of resources to help you get where you want to go.)
- Publications. Telehealth.org faculty has conducted some of the foundational Telehealth.org literature and continues to do so every year for decades. Telehealth.org Founders’ publications and speaking histories say it all. Just for one, Dr. Maheu’s publication spans three decades. Often the lead of a research team, you will find her to be the first author of many of her peer-reviewed books, book chapters, and journal articles. (As you review that list, consider the hours of research and information-rich collegial discussion that go into each of these publications.
- Faculty. Whether from the point of view of elected Senators to past Presidents, CEOs of national professional associations, telehealth lawyers, practitioners, or researchers, Telehealth.org brings you a host of industry leaders who all speak in one voice. Their messages are delivered in discussion to one of Telehealth.org’s core faculty to help you avoid the many confusing, contradictory, and, too often, diametrically opposed responses available today. To the best of our ability, we offer you a single, clear message about legal and ethical approaches to your telepractice, back that up with a plethora of research and resources, and in our more advanced programs, invite you to share your thoughts with our Faculty in return.
- Telehealth.org Organizational Structure. Telehealth.org teaches compliance. Telehealth.org then complies with state and federal laws regarding corporate structure and tax filings. We are organized as an LLC in Delaware. In other words, we walk our talk about compliance.
- CMEs, CNEs and CEs. Telehealth.org has passed muster with medical continuing education (ACCME) for physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners; and continuing education for psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and addictions specialists. for some courses, Telehealth.org has also obtained approval for CCNE contact hours for registered and specialty nurses, Professionals today are expected to be interprofessional. Telehealth.org has led the march to be approved by all these professional groups – and has successfully maintained its formal approval by all such groups.
- CMS Software. Telehealth.org courses are set up to be user-friendly, using state-of-the-art software to make it easy. Multi-media learning experiences keep you interested and engaged. A basic understanding of your computer and how to navigate the internet is all you need. PDFs are available at Telehealth.org as well, but there’s a lot more available if you want to learn by engaging with an interface, too.) Once completed, all your course completion certificates are digitally generated with a unique identifier code by our software, which cannot be altered. Upon subpoena, we can retrieve any of your records without a problem. We also house our Digital Learning Center on a dedicated server, which means it does not share digital space with any other company. Again, your records are safer within our firewalls.
- International and Inclusive. Telehealth.org is an international, interprofessional organization with trained professionals with various settings, orientations, abilities, and designations. For instance, some of our Learners have been blind, deaf, or hard of hearing. Some are well into their 90’s. Some use adaptive devices because of limited vision. Many speak English as a second language. Given that we serve Learners from 104 countries, we are developed by professionals with international awarenesses and sensitivities. While we often describe United States’ law to explain core issues, our international community appreciates that our examples include other countries. For example, our Canadian colleagues recognize and comment that we often describe Canadian laws such as PIPEDA when discussing privacy.
- Monthly Group Consultation. Telehealth.org faculty is available to address your specific questions about any aspect of telehealth – every month. With BCTP-III training, you can join a small group on a monthly group tele-consult to rub digital shoulders with like-minded colleagues. Bring all your questions to have our faculty quickly and easily unlock answers to questions that may take you weeks to research on your own.
- Customer Service. Last but not least, Telehealth.org offers top-notch customer service. Our support staff is available by email, telephone, and video to help you if you need assistance with any aspect of Telehealth.org’s Digital Training or billing during business hours between 8:30 AM – 2 PM Pacific Time. Please fill out the form below to reach us. Please see this page to see a variety of thoughts voluntarily shared by some of our grads.
As you can see, we welcome the opportunity to tell you about the years of quiet, behind-the-scenes work we have undertaken to make your learning and consulting experience safer, easier, and more productive.
26. Do you have any other policies that might relate to me?
Yes, you may wish to know that Telehealth.org does not discriminate against any group concerning service, program, or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, or age. We also do not advocate for any modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to cause harm to clients or patients based upon currently accepted standards of practice.
- Telehealth.org reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Our goal is to train and support you in delivering ethical and clinically sound services consistent with the code of ethics of the respective accrediting and approval agencies or our professional associations.
- If you have suggestions for how we may improve, please review our Quality Improvement process.