3 CME/CE Hours Available * This course qualifies for Legal & Ethical CME/CE Hours.
This training course is offered 24/7, available complete at your own pace (anytime within 6 months from registration date)
Nearly half (46%) of American adults are smartphone owners as of February 2012, an increase of 11 percentage points over the 35% of Americans who owned a smartphone last May. Two in five adults (41%) own a cell phone that is not a smartphone, meaning that smartphone owners are now more prevalent within the overall population than owners of more basic mobile phones. Nearly every major demographic group—men and women, younger and middle-aged adults, urban and rural residents, the wealthy and the less well-off—experienced a notable uptick in smartphone penetration over the last year. Overall adoption levels are at 60% or more within several cohorts, such as college graduates, 18-35 year olds and those with an annual household income of $75,000 or more. (PEW, 2012).
Text messaging is the communication of choice for Generation Y, those born between the late seventies and the late nineties, many of whom regard phone conversations and email as obsolete and old-fashioned modes of communication.
In fact, the popularity of texting amongst all cell phone users has increased dramatically in just a few years. However, the importance of text messaging (SMS) and the risks it brings should not be taken casually by psychotherapists. As with any other conversation a counselor may have with a client, safeguards must be in place to properly record and document the texts produced during a patient’s treatment. Despite many therapists’ reluctance to text with patients, consumer demand for the efficiency of text messaging may outweigh its disadvantages.
This course will cover how to think about text messaging, some clinical issues related to text messaging and the legal as well as ethical requirements we face when we choose to use text messaging with mental health consumers. Encryption, security, downloading messages to one’s computer and specific technologies that can be used for these functions will all be covered. Three real life stories about how to use or not use text messaging and cell phones will bring this issue to life in a way that makes it relevant to the everyday practitioner.
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.
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.
Joseph P. McMenamin, MD JD is a physician-turned-lawyer who assists telehealth practitioners to recognize and diminish legal risks.
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TBHI’s training programs are designed for beginning and intermediate-level “telepractitioners” and “telesupervisors” wishing to deliver telebehavioral health services in these disciplines:
TBHI’s online coursework gives you access 24/7. You will receive a rich, multimedia platform to enhance your enjoyment and learning retention.
Completing the TBHI training will require approximately the same number of CME or CE hours offered with each course. A 6-hour course then, 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 that you come back into the website to respond to a series of questions. Post-test need to be passed with a grade of 80% or better to get the course completion certificate. (You will have learned a lot, and passing should be no problem. Of more than 7,000 trainees that have come through our doors, only three needed help with post-tests.
The New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (NJAOPS), American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) have approved CME or CE Hours for TBHI training. The American Medical Association (AMA) has approved the training in the past, but physicians registering for the program preferred to not obtain CMEs. As a result, CME availability is limited. Speak with us if you need it by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors & Nurses are formally approved in California and approved by most other states, by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). See Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education information below.
TBHI training is exclusively digital for purposes of this application. our website is 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 trainees. PDF’s of all training are 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.
NJAOPS is dedicated in reminding and enhancing physicians’ knowledge to manage the changing needs of the healthcare system. These evidence-based educational lectures are structured to augment physician expertise with current guidelines, materials and recommendations, as well as up-to-date advances in medical treatment on specific topics.
New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing education for DO physicians. NJAOPS designates these educational activities for Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
Physician (AMA) Accreditation Statement: NJAOPS is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NJAOPS designates live or online activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Health Professionals: Participants may claim hours to receive a Certificate of Participation for an activity designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
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For successful completion of activity and subsequent awarding of credits, individuals are required to participate in the entire activity and complete an attestation form, as well as an activity evaluation form.
The Telebehavioral Health Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Telebehavioral Health Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI), provider #1328, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. is permitted to use the new three year approval period in the ACE statement on promotional material and certificates of credit. ASWB Approval Period: 11/18/2019-11/18/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI) is officially on file with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) as an Approved Education Provider. TBHI has been approved as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider. NAADAC Provider #159459, Telebehavioral Health Institute, is responsible for all aspects of their programing.
The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI) has been approved by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No. 6708. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. TBHI is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
CE Broker is a continuing education tracking system in which licensees track their compliance and report their completed CEs. The Telebehavioral Health Institute (TBHI) encourages trainees to use the Self-Report system in CE Broker, as TBHI does not report to CE Broker on behalf of trainees.
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The American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) have approved CE Hours for TBHI training. The American Medical Association (AMA) has approved the training for CMEs. Nurses are formally approved in California and approved by most other states through our co-sponsorship with Alliant University. See Continuing Education information here.
Please verify the appropriateness of TBHI training for your needs by contacting your state/provincial board or your state/provincial professional organization. Some state and provincial regulations are in flux, complex and can be confusing. Some require additional documentation. Some states restrict the number of CE hours you can complete online. TBHI disavows responsibility for being aware of /meeting your state’s regulatory or licensing requirements.
TBHI Training has also been approved for AMA CME Hours. Contact us for details.