New York Times and Coaching(This article is Part II of The New York Times Coaching. Click here to read Part I)

The simple truth is that Lantern is remarkable. In the NYT article entitled, “Lantern, a Start-Up, Offers Online Therapy for Anxiety and More” the Times  gave an exciting report of the evidence-based telehealth services offered by Lantern. A good look at Lantern’s new website states that their coaches are not only licensed, but trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). On previous occasions, I have carefully reviewed their consumer-focused services and rated them as much better than many of their predecessors.I was equally impressed with the caliber of their board members, staff and other details of their model. They will hopefully stand as a model for others to follow. I spoke with one of their lead researchers just a few weeks ago about very exciting advances in at a study currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

A Little Can Go a Long Way

I don’t know where the Lantern coaches practice, but If there is a regulatory issue involved, it can probably be easily remedied. My hope at this point is that this New York Times coaching article sparks more discussion about licensure and how it needs to be fixed so companies like Lantern can help serve many more people in need of professional services. Increased discussion will hopefully bring pressure to create much needed change toward national and perhaps international licensure, just as we can drive automobiles in foreign countries on a limited basis with a US driver’s license. Professionals may want to search this TMHI blog site for more than a dozen posts about licensure issues, such as this one for psychologists: ASPPB Interjurisdictional Telepsychology Licensing Compact: News about Practicing Over State Lines. (Just look to the upper right corner of this page for our search field.)

To all professionals, I’d also suggest:

  1. If you are looking for online employment, I’d encourage you to visit the Lantern website to see their opportunities:

    Lantern is looking for licensed mental health professionals to join the Lantern team as coaches for our evidence-based online mental health programs. Our programs have been developed in partnership with researchers at Stanford University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Penn State University, and they’ve already been piloted at 30+ universities around the country.
    We’re looking for mental health professionals who are:

    • Fully licensed (social work, counseling, psychology, marriage & family)
    • Have at least one year of CBT experience, with supervision
    • Are excited about using innovative methods to deliver evidence-based mental health services
  2. If you want to register for a job online and are ok working with us at TMHI in a beta project, we have set up our own employment site and are collecting the names and profiles of colleagues seeking online jobs. Just go to ProviderPanel and complete a detailed profile. We are approached regularly by employers needing licensed professionals in Idaho, New York, Florida, etc. We will show them your profile and if they are interested in contacting you, they will be given your contact information.
  3. If you plan to practice online as a licensed professional, I also encourage you to get independent professional training so you completely understand and are in full compliance with all your legal and ethical duties, regardless of your employer’s credibility, impressive funding or exciting innovations. Your license is in the balance. Learn what you need to know as a professional.
    1. If you’d like to learn more, join us in a webinar where we discuss these issues in more detail and answer questions from our audience. See Why Coaching Over State Lines Can Involve Legal and Ethical Violations for Licensed Mental Health Professionals.
    2. If you are serious about learning how to work online, within your state or across state lines, consider certification in telemental health.

I’m not an attorney, but those are my thoughts. What are yours?