TBHI Scholarship Program

Do you have more time than funding for telebehavioral health training?telehealth scholar

We have the perfect solution for you if you can demonstrate financial need.

The Telebehavioral Health Institute (TBHI) Scholarship program is a Work/Study professional training opportunity for professionals, interns and students seeking telemental health training (telepsychiatry, telepsychology, teletherapy, distance counseling, online therapy, speech teletherapy, online counseling, online counseling, e-therapy, etc.). If you can demonstrate financial need, we are happy to make our resources available to you in our Work/Study program.

If you are in these or similar circumstances, the TBHI Work/Study program has been designed with you in mind:

  • You may have just completed your graduate training and are in limbo while you accumulate internship or residency hours for licensure.
  • You may be transitioning from a job, a serious illness, the loss of a parent or child, a divorce or some other disruption in your life plan.
  • You may have just moved to a new geographic area and need to establish new professional referral sources.
  • You may be a veteran in transition – or the spouse of an active duty serviceman or woman who recently relocated a new city.
  • Are a young parent transitioning back into the workforce after maternity leave.
  • Have been caring for a sick family member, and are exploring new career possibilities.
  • Are unemployed and need a fresh start.

TBHI is a fast-growing, online company with many administrative and organizational needs. Work/Study is to the TBHI Advanced Certificate Program (72 training hours) in exchange for administrative work for the Institute (210 hours). Scholarly tasks involve a variety of tasks that can be accomplished at one’s computer (i.e., social media, social bookmarking, SEO, research, data entry, formatting, minor programming, marketing, press release writing) and attending monthly TBHI Scholar meetings by telephone/video.

We are delighted to engage bright, capable and eager scholars to help us grow. Since 2009, we have graduated dozens of Work/Study scholars who have formed an interactive Scholar community. Our Work/Study program then, is for individuals who not only have the circumstances outlined above, but also have most of these characteristics and abilities:

  • A high degree of attentiveness to detail
  • An overriding sense of responsibility
  • An ability to work creatively and independently without close supervision
  • Cooperative abilities to work in a tea
  • Well-developed writing skill
  • Social media or web-related skill
  • Programming abilities
  • Scholarship, organizational and/or presentation skills

Frequently Asked Questions

Click for detailed answers. (Note: “telemental health” and “telebehavioral health” terms are used interchangeably)
1. For whom is this training designed?

TBHI’s training programs are designed for beginning and intermediate-level “telepractitioners” and “telesupervisors” wishing to deliver telebehavioral health services in these disciplines:

  • Addictions Specialists / Telehealth
  • Counseling / Distance Counseling
  • Nurse Practice / Telemedicine
  • Nursing / Tele-Nursing
  • Physicians / Telemedicine
  • Physician’s Assistants / Telemedicine
  • Psychiatry / Telepsychiatry
  • Psychology / Telepsychology
  • Social Work / Telehealth
  • Other Tele-Therapies, including but not limited to these groups of practitioners:
    • Internists, Pediatricians, Osteopaths, Gerontologists, CEOs, COOs, Administrators, Billing & Coding Staff
2. How do I train at TBHI?

TBHI’s professional training is offered both 100% online and in-person. TBHI’s online eLearning, multi-media environment allows you to quickly gain a comfortable, working knowledge of the evidence-based competencies for best practices. It is designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors, behavioral analysts, speech therapists, occupational therapists who wish to work in telepsychiatry, telepsych, telepsychology, teletherapy, telepractice, distance counseling or online counseling, digital health, electronic health, etherapy, online therapy, telespeech therapy, tele-occupational therapy, and other healthcare professions.

  • All three TBHI training packages are cumulative. The BCTP-I Certificate training package includes professional training included in the BCTP-II Certificate training package. The Level I and Level II training are included in the Level III certificate training.
  • You are invited to take the training modules in any order you deem best for your purposes
  • Up to 72 hours of training
3. What can I expect from the TBHI Digital Training Center?
TBHI’s online coursework gives you access 24/7. You will receive a rich multimedia platform to enhance your enjoyment and learning retention. You also will enjoy 6-months of access to TBHI’s Practitioner Support Group, where you can connect with like-minded colleagues behind the closed doors of the TBHI Telehealth.org firewall, where clients, patients, or other onlookers can’t see your communication. With 24/7 access, you can reach out for support, guidance, resources – or simply to vent. (Forming lasting friendships is optional, at your discretion.)

Two types of training are available: 

  • Text-based. Optimal instructional design principles are followed to offer materials that maximize your learning and involvement. TBHI’s core training consists of text-based information with links to primary and secondary source documents, interspersed with images, audio, and video segments to punctuate essential points and bring the training to life.
  • Video training. Webinars are offered to help you gain a more in-depth view of specialty topics. These generally involve a minimum of written material during the presentation but do access to include a video recording, a slide handout, and other essential support documents to further enhance your understanding of the topic.
  • All video segments follow the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for being available with captions or a transcript.
  • Courses are self-paced, meaning that you can stop and start them at your convenience.
  • A PDF format is available for all core courses if you’d like to carry them with you to read as you move about your world.
  • TBHI 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 and to maximize 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.
  • TBHI’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 will be able to print your course completion certificate from our website.

Time Investment & Post-Tests

Completing the TBHI training will require approximately the same number of CME 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 that you return to the website to respond to a series of questions. Post-tests 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 8,600 trainees that have come through our doors, only three needed help with post-tests.)

Schedule

TBHI “classes” have no specific start and stop times. All online training is accessible 24/7 through your web browser. If your client/patient doesn’t show up for their appointment, you can easily engage with your materials online or in printed form. Printed training materials are available upon request in PDF format to conveniently travel with you on a plane, train, bus, or simply as you lounge in your living room. You have the choice of completing all your training on the weekend, for a week, a month, or several months.

Special TBHI Conveniences

Checklists and summaries can be copied and printed. Video/audio segments require an active Internet connection. Course evaluations and post-tests must be completed online. All registrations have an access period of at least six months from the date of purchase, except for All Access Pass users, who are given an entire 12-month access period. Your Course Completion Certificate is printable from your computer and available as soon as you complete your course evaluation and post-test online. TBHI Is pre-approved to offer CME and CE hours for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and many other fields. (See CME and CE approval questions listed below.)

If you’d prefer in-person training, please write to us to request a calendar for TBHI’s live events. Please submit a speaking request here to invite a TBHI speaker for your live event.

4. Who recognizes and approves TBHI Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education Hours?

CME/CE approval entities that have approved CME or CE Hours for TBHI training:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
  • NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons – Joint Provider (ACCME)
  • New York State Education Department’s State Board for Marriage and Family Therapists (NYMFT)
  • New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Counselors (NYMHC)
  • New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology (PSYCHBD)
  • New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work (NYSWB)
  • Nursing Division of the Spiritual Care Association – Joint Provider (ANCC)

See Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education information below.

5. Can I design my program?

Absolutely! Start with reviewing the list of TBHI’s specialized training programs listed here and write to us for pricing. Please note that BCTP® Certificates require completion of all courses as listed.

6. How can I purchase training from a foreign country?

Add any training item to your cart. Select PayPal as your payment option near the end of the checkout process. (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.)

7. How do I decide which of the three BCTP certificate training programs is best for my needs?

The BCTP®-I Training Package & Certificate is best if you work in a hospital, clinic, or agency setting that is already telehealth-organized to legally and ethically deliver telebehavioral /telemental health. This training will provide you with an exciting look at legal, ethical, and clinical guidance about getting started and delivering direct care via telephone and videoconferencing. This training package is for you if your organization has dealt with difficult legal and ethical policy issues. It is designed to help you understand basic legal and ethical requirements as a practitioner working under the policies developed by knowledgeable oversite staff members. It includes several extensive checklists that will help you get and stay organized. This program provides you with the training and TBHI’s BCTP®-I Certificate to distinguish yourself as a telebehavioral professional.

The BCTP®-II Training Package & Certificate is best if you need to develop a telepractice and need help thinking through the issues for your setting. It is designed to help you understand, develop, and implement many of the policy challenges and decisions involved in the setup and the day-to-day practice of legal and ethical telehealth. More specifically, it will:

  • Explain fundamental terms, concepts, and their definitions.
  • Help you choose your technology and its specialized features for video conferencing, email, text messaging, and other technologies.
  • Explain how to practice legally and ethically over state lines and international borders.
  • Show you how to educate your client/patient about how to be safe when working with you online.
  • Help you understand and implement protocols related to HIPAA, your state laws, and those of other states you wish to serve.
  • Help you establish appropriate screening protocols for carefully selecting appropriate clients/patients.
  • Give you an understanding of how to develop appropriate clinical protocols to adapt to specialized treatment (EMDR? DBT? Mindfulness?)
  • Organize your documentation in manageable and in compliance with state and federal law and other oversight groups (e.g., Joint Commission, URAC, CARF).
  • Develop and implement your emergency plans, build them into your informed consent .processes, and have clinically appropriate relationships to handle emergencies and crises confidently.
  • Set up your virtual office and desktop to follow current telepractice guidelines.
  • Develop your templates for informed consent, intake, progress, termination, risk .management notes to have reviewed by your attorney (Sample templates provided in level II training).
  • Show you how to interview and select an appropriate attorney for your telepractice.
  • Guide you to finding and contracting with a malpractice carrier to manage risk.

It is designed for the hospital, clinic, agency, group administrator or program director. It provides a basic roadmap for getting started with technical, clinical, legal, and ethical policy decisions and practical program implementation. Case examples, checklists, sample documents, and much more are available to maximize your time and effort. This program provides you with the BCTP®-II Certificate, which will distinguish you from your peers.

The All-Access Pass includes the BCTP®-III Training Package & Certificate and all the features of the previous two BCTP® packages and certificates. It is 

for the clinician, faculty, supervisor, or administrator who wants to know as much as possible about telehealth. It gives you 

PLUS, it will:

  • Give you step-by-step instructions for the actual implementation of evidence-based protocols
  • Identify common pitfalls to avoid
  • Provide checklists and templates to use
  • Point you to the many advanced, trusted informational sources collected by TBH’s Founder since 1994
  • Guide you step-by-step to developing a legally-and-ethically compliant telepractice
  • Give you 12 rather than six months to take advantage of all the training available to you 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection.
  • Full access to the many TBHI new webinar training topics made within the12 months from your date of registration
  • A front-row seat in TBHI’s “Inner Circle,” where you can meet with TBHI Faculty once per month for an hour of LIVE, video-based group teleconsultation. These monthly group consults total a full 12 hours of group consultation.

This broad-based training will expose you to material that will help you handle a wide variety of challenging telehealth situations comfortably. After completing this training, you will be well on your way to feeling both competent and confident in your telepractice. 

8. When are classes? How long do they take?

TBHI’s professional training is offered both 100% online and in-person. TBHI’s online coursework gives you access 24/7. You are given 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.
  • 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 written pages. They are provided to help you initially grasp the critical issues and give you 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 vital issues.
  • Courses are self-paced, meaning that you can stop and start at your convenience.
  • A PDF format is available for all print courses. 
  • Audio and video recordings are available online 24/7.
  • TBHI training is self-directed in that it contains several high-quality links to primary source documents on the Internet.
  • The training content has been highly edited by more than 100 reviewers who are professionals in the field. You can trust that it is accurate, well-written, and easy to comprehend.
  • TBHI’s professional training has received many accolades from colleagues and professional association leaders, who appreciate our optimized instructional design format, the richness of content, and superior customer support. To see these comments, look at this testimonial page.
  • You can also print your Certificate from our website.

Completing the TBHI training will require approximately the same training time as CME 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 that you return to the website to respond to a series of questions. Post-tests need to be passed with a grade of 80% or better to get the course completion certificate.

 

Individual courses, BCTP®-I Training Package & Certificate or BCTP®-II Training Package & Certificate are accessible anytime within six months from the date of purchase. The All-Access Pass and  BCTP®-III Training Package & Certificate will give you up to 12 months of continuous access to all coursework, documents bonuses, and monthly teleconsults for a LIVE- Q&A session with one of TBHI’s Core Faculty. If you need more time to complete your courses, extended access is available for a modest fee in additional increments of 6 months. To extend your access, please email us here.

Please write to us below to request a calendar for TBHI’s live events if you prefer in-person training. Please submit a speaking request below if you’d like to invite a TBHI speaker.

9. Do I get CME or CE Hours?

TBHI courses include CME or CE Hours* (See Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education section below).

Two types of training are available:

Text-based. Optimal instructional design principles are followed to offer materials that maximize your learning and involvement. TBHI’s core training consists of text-based information with links to primary and secondary source documents, interspersed with images, audio, and video segments to punctuate essential points and bring the training to life.
Video training. Webinars are offered to help you gain a more in-depth view of specialty topics. These generally involve a minimum of written material during the presentation but do access to include a video recording, a slide handout, and other essential support documents to further enhance your understanding of the topic.
All video segments follow the American Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for being available with captions or a transcript.
Courses are self-paced, meaning that you can stop and start them at your convenience.
A PDF format is available for all core courses if you’d like to carry them with you to read as you move about your world.
TBHI 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 and to maximize 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.
TBHI’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 will be able to print your course completion certificate from our website.
Time Investment & Post-Tests

Completing the TBHI training will require approximately the same number of CME 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 that you return to the website to respond to a series of questions. Post-tests need to be passed with a grade of 80% or better to get the course completion certificate. CEs for courses related to reimbursement, marketing or other business practices are not available for social workers. However, a non-CE course completion certificate is available immediately upon course completion for all social workers who choose to attend for informational purposes.

Schedule

TBHI “classes” have no specific start and stop times. All online training is accessible 24/7 through your web browser. If your client/patient doesn’t show up for their appointment, you can easily engage with your materials online or in printed form. Printed training materials are available upon request in PDF format to conveniently travel with you on a plane, train, bus, or simply as you lounge in your living room. You have the choice of completing all your training on the weekend, for a week, a month, or several months.

Special TBHI Conveniences

Checklists and summaries can be copied and printed. Video/audio segments require an active Internet connection. Course evaluations and post-tests must be completed online. All registrations have an access period of at least six months from the date of purchase, except for All Access Pass users, who are given an entire 12-month access period. Your Course Completion Certificate is printable from your computer and available as soon as you complete your course evaluation and post-test online. TBHI Is pre-approved to offer CME and CE hours for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, and many other fields. (See CME and CE approval questions listed below.

  • All Learners must pass all post-tests at a rate of 80% or higher to receive a CME or CE certificate. The post-test(s) can be taken three times (3x) within the paid access period. If the Learner cannot achieve a score of 80% or above after three attempts, they will be allowed to print a Course Completion Certificate that does not include wording related to CME or CE credit.
  • Print your Course Completion Certificate immediately at your desktop for your licensing board
  • Contact us for a check of your program completion, and we will send you your TBHI BCTP-I, II or III Certificate to proudly display in your office

*Social workers are prohibited from obtaining CE hours for training related to marketing or reimbursement but are invited to participate anyway.

10. Which title will I earn when I complete the BCTP® Certificate Program?

The BCTP®  designation** is increasingly used to recognize our graduates for having completed the most comprehensive and research-based post-graduate training program.

*Certification Mark Pending

**Fees for this credential are included in the fee for your TBHI training. Testing for the credential is accomplished by passing each course’s post-test with an 80% or higher grade. Post-tests can be taken as many times as needed within the 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 3 hours of training from the Telebehavioral Health Institute.

11. Do you issue partial CME or CE credits?

TBHI Telehealth.org is prohibited from awarding partial CME or CE credit hours by accrediting and sponsoring groups. If you do not attend the training in its entirety, take the evaluation and pass the post-test within three attempts, you will not be receiving a CME or CE certificate. A non-CME or CE course completion certificate will be made available to you.

12. 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, Pacific time. If you would like a phone call rather than an email response, please include your hours of availability and a telephone number, with an extension, if any).

13. Why is it essential for me to "safelist" the contact@telehealth.org in my email reader?

It is essential that you add our email address as a contact in your email so that future emails we send (including emails containing the webinar link, course evaluation survey, etc.) will send mail to your inbox rather than your SPAM folder.

14. Which internet connections should I have for LIVE webinars?

A hard-wired Internet connection is best to avoid the occasionally spotty connectivity of WIFI systems. TBHI will not provide technical support for connection issues on the training day. TBHI will not issue refunds due to technical issues experienced by participants. Our presenters are connected to hard-lined business-grade internet when presenting. If you have sound or connection issues, it is likely your computer or internet connection.

15. What happens if my Internet briefly freezes?

If you become disconnected during the event, log back on immediately. A brief interruption of connectivity will not impact your eligibility for a CME or CE certificate.

16. Will you know that I am logged in and active in the webinar?

Yes, TBHI’s video platform monitors the attendance and activity of all attendees. Additionally, the TBHI Training Center’s video chat feature allows monitoring participation throughout the training.

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