Become part of the new wave in healthcare by sponsoring the education and training of our colleagues through the Telehealth Institute, a California non-profit charitable organization organized for tax purposes as a 501(3)(c). The information below will outline who we are, what we are doing, and why. It will give you details of how you can become involved in our efforts to train interested colleagues in legal, ethical, and risk management practices in behavioral telehealth.
You are invited to enjoy the benefits of sponsoring our creation and dissemination of Professional Telehealth Training.
The advantages of an eLearning environment for behavioral health professionals and their staff are enormous:
There are four levels at which you can contribute as an advertising sponsor to the quality educational programs created and disseminated by the Telehealth Institute. TBHI is also a recognized 501(C)(3) non-profit organization under the laws of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States. As such, a portion of your sponsorship may be tax deductible as allowable by law. Please check with your tax professional.
Dr. Maheu has been a leader in telebehavioral health and telemental health since 1994. She started her online experience as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of SelfhelpMagazine, an award-winning, peer-reviewed online publication portal holding contributions from thousands of mental health professionals worldwide. It was selected by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as the only recipient of funding to showcase mental health technology during President Clinton’s 1997 inauguration. Under Dr. Maheu’s stewardship, SelfhelpMagazine has since served millions of visitors from around the world.
Dr. Maheu is currently the Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, where professionals of all behavioral disciplines can earn up to 84 hours of highly specialized continuing medical education and continuing education in telebehavioral health (CME units approved by New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons and American Medical Association and CE units approved by American Psychological Association, Association of Social Work Boards, NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and National Board of Certified Counselors). Dr. Maheu is a leader in telebehavioral health, telemental health, online counseling, and online therapy. She has consulted with large health and mental health insurance companies, community clinics, physician groups, universities, technology companies, and independent practitioners. She has been the lead author of two textbooks in telebehavioral health and telemental health, is currently contracted to write two more, and speaks internationally on the topics of legal and ethical issues in telepractice using various technologies.
As telecommunication technologies and health apps become more ubiquitous and affordable, they expand opportunities for mental health professionals to provide quality care. However, physical distance, as well as technology itself, can create challenges to safe and ethical practice. Such challenges are manageable when following the best practices outlined in this book.
This visionary volume spotlights innovative mental health careers in today’s technology-driven climate while inspiring readers to create their own opportunities. Unique and engaging perspectives from professionals across disciplines and job titles describe the thought processes, ingenuity, and discipline behind matching technologies to the needs of specific populations and settings. These non-traditional paths show digital advances as used in frontline, complementary, supplemental, and alternative interventions, in academic and training settings, in private practice, and in systems facing transition. The diversity of these contributions illustrates the myriad openings technology presents for both professional fulfillment and clients’ improved well-being.
Dr. Maheu’s third book, The Mental Health Professional and the New Technologies: A Handbook for Practice Today was co-authored with Myron Pulier, M.D., Joseph McMenamin, M.D., Esq., Frank Wilhelm, Ph.D., and Nancy Brown-Connolly, RN, MSN. Written by this highly specialized multidisciplinary team, this text serves as a how-to manual for both the beginner as well as seasoned telehealth professional. It gives a wide range of examples for how to use (and not use) email, chat rooms, telephones and video conferencing systems with patients to deliver remote service. It details how to build a professional presence through websites and communities. It guides the reader through an easy-to-understand outline of risk management from the perspective of legal/ethical solutions. To the delight of many, it also provides a sample of the type of informed consent document to be considered for use with patients when using technology as a mental health professional or coach.
Dr. Maheu is the lead author of E-Health, Telehealth & Telemedicine A Guide to Startup and Success. This academic/professional book was co-authored by Pamela Whitten, Ph.D. and Ace Allen, M.D. This text is a hands-on resource that shows how communication technologies can be designed, implemented, and managed to help professionals expand and transform their professional roles. Step by step, the authors reveal how to introduce innovative communication tools to a wide range of settings. This indispensable book contains suggestions for program development, ethical, legal and regulatory solutions, and technical options. For more information, see this description and comments from leaders in healthcare, business and administration.
Interprofessional telebehavioral health (TBH) competencies have been developed to standardize training and improve the quality of TBH care. The CTiBS TBH framework organizes seven topic domains and five subdomains according to competency level, i.e., Novice, Proficient, or Authority. In turn, each competency level is categorized into 51 discrete telebehavioral objectives, which are then distinguished by 149 cumulative and measurable telebehavioral practices.
The seven identified interprofessional TBH competency domains and three levels of expertise (novice, proficient, and authority) are briefly described. More in-depth descriptions and examples of several of the competency domains are presented to illustrate the competencies in practice. Some of the challenges faced in using such a competency framework are discussed.
As telecommunication technologies have become more widely available and affordable, opportunities for psychologists to engage in telebehavioral health (TBH) have expanded greatly. A national sample of 164 professional psychologists completed a 28-item survey. Overall, a substantial discrepancy was noted between psychologists’ positive appraisals of TBH and actual implementation, underscoring the ongoing barriers in the adoption of telehealth technologies in practice. Future directions addressed the need for training and education in TBH best practices.
Telebehavioral Health Institute’s mission is to foster the adoption of legal, ethical, and evidence-based, behavioral services through technology.
TBHI is interested in pursuing additional market segments, specifically:
TBHI is devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of:
Our beneficiaries include behavioral health students, professionals, and their staff, and trickle-down through them to consumers. TBHI offers convenient access to education and training courses for continuing medical education and continuing education credit.
According to the National Institute of Health, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in a given year. The need for quality behavioral services exists in many areas of health care and employment. Today’s practitioners can use technology to enable their practices, if they are educated in the proper methodology.
There are approximately 1.3 million licensed physicians in the United States, of which approximately 30,000 are psychiatrists. Depending on the estimate, there are from 750,000 to 1,000,000 licensed mental health professionals in the United States. The vast majority of mental health professionals are master’s level social workers who work for medical facilities, clinics, community mental health clinics, social service agencies, or are in private practice. Psychologists and counselors work in a variety of settings, from academia to schools, clinics, hospitals, employee assistance programs, or in specialty disciplines such as industrial/organizational psychology and private practice. Many mental health professionals are employees of mental health service companies and also conduct a small private practice for a portion of their work hours.
The typical mental health professional in the United States is an average of 50 years or older, is female, and holds at least a Masters level degree and a salary of between $50,000 and $100,000 a year. More than 99% of them will hold at least one professional license. While some have licenses in multiple states, the majority of professionals hold a license in only one state, which is their state of residence.
Despite the seemingly large numbers of healthcare professionals, there is a shortage of trained mental health clinicians in many parts of the United States. This shortage is expected to intensify over the next several years due to several factors:
The shortage of trained mental health clinicians is most severe in rural and frontier areas. Many of these communities lack a single trained clinician. In the vast majority of these areas specialties such as child psychiatry are not available. The shortages also are felt in areas that are experiencing large episodic increases in demand caused by natural disasters or by man-made calamities such as terrorism and mass killings.
Practitioners need to be prepared for the huge changes that will result from the Health Care Reform laws. For example, Health Care Reform will fundamentally redefine how mental health professionals deal with patients, and payments will be based on outcomes, which will significantly impact the financial bottom line, and are especially hard for mental health professionals to meet. These changes will be hard on the industry and an educated workforce will be better prepared for the changes to come.
“The program has afforded me flexibility with my practice, giving me confidence in technology while providing me with opportunities to restructure my private practice. It has been great experience for me. Plus, many of my clients are in the maintenance phase and it allows them to do fifteen minute or half-hour sessions from home and not to have to commute to the office. I have gleaned many marketing ideas as I retool my practice for pre-retirement life.”
– Robin Dilley, PhD
Your contribution will help thousands of other beneficiaries that TBHI serves. Associating yourself with telebehavioral health and telemental health generates goodwill and community awareness. Our strategic alliance will be to our mutual benefit with mental health associations, companies, and providers seeking to learn how to work with technology in Health Care Reform.
“Not only have I learned about the elements of telemental heath, your presentation of the subject is also reinforcing principles of quality and ethical service delivery regardless of delivery modality. Your humor is so engaging it is actually enjoyable to listen to the material.”
– Kathleen Judy, MS, LPCC
As you sponsor the Telebehavioral Health Summit, you can feel great about being part of the TBHI team. You will join with the staff and board in touching and transforming the lives of mental health professionals, their patients, and staff across the nation. Listen to what other professionals who have used TBHI have to say:
“Again, my appreciation for what I have learned, and for the tremendous standard of excellence, knowledge and insight which you bring to our field.”
– Ellen Swallow, Ph.D.
“Thank you for organizing such high-quality materials.”
–Raghuram Bhat, MD
You will be proud of the difference your contribution to TBHI will make to the success of the many professionals why rely on us for timely, accurate and easily accessed information.
“Dr. Maheu is psychology’s Telehealth visionary, leading our colleagues through professional training in ethics and innovative technologies since the mid-90’s.”
– Pat DeLeon, Ph.D., MPH, JD, Former President, American Psychological Association
“Dr. Maheu is a leading national expert on the application of psychology in Telehealth, online services and use of new technologies to support and expand your practice.”
– James Bray, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine
“Marlene has worked at the forefront of Telehealth for many years and has substantial expertise in the area. I strongly recommend her as a speaker and consultant in this arena.”
– Gerald Koocher, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Provost at Simmons College
“For nearly 20 years Marlene has been the leader in thought, training and advocacy regarding the impact of technology on mental health professions.”
– Donna Ford MA, Former President, American Counseling Association