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Telebehavioral Health: New Digital Directions from Social Work Today


June 6, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 Minutes

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Social Work Today Magazine Publishes “Telebehavioral Health: New Digital Directions for Social Work Education”

Journalist Beth VanOstenbridge called in early Spring of 2019 to ask for an interview. She is with Social Work Today and was asking about telebehavioral health and graduate education/training. Given that I’m always happy to chat about telehealth, we spent some time discussing the future of telehealth and graduate social work training, and in particular, the telebehavioral health competencies that I and my colleagues recently published in the Journal for Technology in Behavioral Science.

The Social Work Today article was published in the May/June issue and entitled, Telebehavioral Health, New Digital Directions for Social Work Education. This is a quote from Ms. VanOstenbridge’s Social Work Today article:

  • Marlene Maheu, PhD, founder and executive director for the Telebehavioral Health Institute, has been practicing and training TBH skills and concepts since 1994. Most recently, she and several colleagues developed the Interprofessional Framework for Telebehavioral Health Competencies (Maheu et al., 2018). The framework includes 149 competencies organized by seven domains, including clinical evaluation and care, virtual environment and telepresence, technology, legal and regulatory issues, evidence-based and ethical practice, mobile health technologies such as applications and social media, and telepractice development. Maheu explains, “TBH is not an entirely new treatment. It is a tool to extend the treatment that practitioners already give.” Maheu notes the importance of identifying competencies that span behavioral health fields—her team examined ethical codes from across disciplines. She says that social work leaders were directly involved in the development of the framework.

Graduate Students?

For those of you who are graduate students or faculty members of graduate behavioral education, it may interest you to know that we are currently completing a new book about telebehavioral health best practices. It will go to Cognella, our publisher by July 1, 2019, and will be accompanied by a complete eLearning module for graduate training. If you’d like more information about the release date for these graduate materials, write to Cognella directly.

Current TBHI Trainees or Prior Graduates?

For those of you who have studied here at TBHI, you can practice telehealth knowing that your training is pinned to those published competencies. If you are looking for professional training in telehealth, you may want to look at our list of CME and CE,  1-hour webinars, and training courses, or if you are serious about developing a telepractice, our Level I and Level II Certificate training programs. Whatever you choose, you know that you will be studying with industry leaders. See the FAQ for more information about TBHI.

Free Interprofessional Framework for Telebehavioral Health Competencies Article

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