For reduced pricing for multiple courses, see the TBHI Micro Certification Packages and All-Access Pass
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.
You can rest assured that what you learn is reliable, up to date and relevant to your practice
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners & Physician’s Assistants
Purpose: 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™.
Method of Participation:
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.
Psychologists — American Psychological Association (APA)
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.
Addiction Professionals — NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
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.
Social Workers — Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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 following state boards accept courses offering ASWB ACE credit for Social Workers: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY
*WV accepts ASWB ACE unless activity is in live in West Virginia then an application is required.
Counselors — National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
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.
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work
Telebehavioral Health Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0594.
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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.
Click the questions below for detailed answers. (Note: “telemental health” and “telebehavioral health” terms are used interchangeably)
TBHI’s training programs are designed for beginning and intermediate-level “telepractitioners” and “telesupervisors” wishing to deliver telebehavioral health services in these disciplines:
The Telehealth Micro Certification Level II Training package is best for you if you need to develop a telepractice and need help thinking through the issues and their relevance to your setting. It is designed to help you understand, develop and implement many of the policy challenges and decisions that are involved in the set up as well as the day-to-day practice of legal and ethical telehealth. It will systematically help you develop the many competencies required for telepractice. More specifically, it will:
After completing this training, you will be well on your way to feeling both competent and confident about handling a wide variety of challenging situations in The Level II Certificate package training program then is designed for the hospital, clinic, agency, or group administrator or program director. It is optimal for a small group or an individual practitioner who is responsible for program design and implementation. It provides a true roadmap for how to get started with technical, clinical, legal and ethical policy decisions as well as practical program implementation. Numerous case examples, checklists, sample documents and much more are available for you to maximize your time and effort. This program provides you with a Certificate that will distinguish you as an Advanced Telehealth Professional.
The All-AccessPass package is best for you if you need to develop a legally-compliant telepractice quickly. It gives you an extra 6-months to take advantage of all the courses available to the Advanced Micro Certification Training Learners PLUS many of TBHI’s most popular webinar training topics available to you for a full 12 months from your date of registration. You will also have access to TBHI’s newest course, which involves 6 hours of in vivo skill-building in a live group format. This culminating course is designed to help you practice your skills as a live clinician in a protected small group setting.
Includes 12 Hours of Group Consultation
The package is then completed with 12-monthly group consultations to help you integrate many pivotal foundational terms and concepts so as to be able to apply them when facing unprecedented challenges as you embrace technology to increase your reach, access more clients/patients, improve their outcomes, lower your costs and increase your profits — all from the comfort of your own home or office. This All-Access Pass training package will give you step-by-step instructions for the implementation of evidence-based protocols, pitfalls to avoid, checklists and templates to use and provide you with a solid familiarity with the many trusted informational sources discovered by TBHI over the last 26 years.
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 8,600 trainees that have come through our doors, only three needed help with post-tests.)
TBHI “classes” have no specific start and stop time. All online training is self-paced, accessible 24/7 through your web browser. You are free to train anytime, from anywhere. If your client/patient doesn’t show 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. If you wish to complete all your training in a weekend, a week, a month or over several months – the choice is yours.
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 6 months from the date of purchase, except for All Access Pass users, who are given a full 12-month access period. Your Course Completion Certificate is printable from your own 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’s assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers and many other fields. (See CME and CE approval question listed below.)
See Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education information below.
TBHI is aware of the immediate need for quick answers by professionals who are setting up their systems with short timelines. To respond to the increasingly frequent demand for quick answers to many questions, TBHI has developed the following two options, with or without the purchase of TBHI training. (Please note, that TBHI consultants will not attempt to give you 41 hours of training in this 2-hour time block. Rather, the focus of this session is to give you many quick answers and when appropriate, guidance toward where to find optimal resources to help you find the detailed answers that you need, including TBHI’s specialized digital training programs.)
TBHI FAST TRACK GROUP CONSULTATION – provides a 2-hour, video-conferenced group consultation session to quickly answer your most burning questions about which technology to purchase; how to set up your documents; how to legally practice over state lines and international borders; client/patient screening, and billing practices. Fast track group fees are $250.
TBHI FAST TRACK PRIVATE CONSULTATION – provides 2-hour, video-conferenced, private consultation to quickly describe your unique setting and the populations that you serve, then answer your most burning questions about any telehealth topic. Fast track fees are $500 for the two-hour package (discounted from $550 for regular individual consultation)
TBHI training is exclusively digital for the 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. 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.