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Interview with Dr. Christina Strayer, Ed.D, LPC, CCTP, AAT, NBCT, a Doctoral level Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Counselor in Trauma Procedures (CCTP) and trained in Animal Assisted Therapist (AAT). Dr. Strayer shares how she got started with telebehavioral health, how she uses her therapy pets during her psychotherapy sessions, and advice for other online therapists. You can contact Dr. Strayer at 919-901-5349

Check out how you can earn the Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist Credential (AAT-I), using the program Dr. Strayer co-created and co-teaches.

Most clients are seeking help with relationships.  Many clients are engaging in online dating.  Clinicians can help their clients with attachment and romance by using a helpful book on online dating.

Dee Wagner, LPC, author of Naked Online: A DoZen Ways to Grow from Internet Dating, explains how psychotherapists can use this helpful book on online dating with clients.   Her workbook is playful, engaging, and very effective.  You can find the workbook and a free document for clinicians at this link

Social media has a wealth of information. This great amount of data allows us to look at trends, discover correlations, and make predictions. We can now use it to alert people of mental health needs and send them helpful resources.

Three important questions:

Is there a problem with access to mental health services?
Why are people not receiving treatment?
Can telemental health help?

Have you ever had to find a counselor for yourself or a family member? It can be nerve wrecking. The emotional, time, and financial commitment can be great. Sometimes, if the counselor and client are not a fit, the client may give up on ever trying counseling again.
Technology has found a good solution to this. Check it out on this video.

How do we as therapists help our clients with digital dating? A new study sited at the American Psychological Association links swiping with self-esteem issues. Dee Wagner, BC-DMT, LPC, primary creator and instructor of our Digital Dance online course recently wrote a blog post on her site LustierLife.com that addresses profile writing in the digital dating process. Dee shares:

COVID-19 opened many doors for Telemedicine. In the past, insurance payers often had difficulty processing claims with telehealth modifiers, even though modifiers for telemental health have been widely available for some time. Many insurance payers have the capability to process these claims if you follow their requirements. These changes are rapidly occurring; and as the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends, we will begin to see more permanent policies.

In this video and blog post, I share my experience switching from using paper charts to using a practice management program.

If I never made the switch, I may have burned out from the administrative tasks of running my private practice. 

Before using a practice management program:

Scott Allen, president of 2MI Software Solutions, presents a demo of VPTherapy360. VPTherapy360 is a high-quality video conferencing program for behavioral health professionals, who offer online counseling via videochat.

Our interview with Christina Michelle Hamilton, M.A.Ed., LPC, NCC, ACS, DCC, an approved clinical supervisor, covers how telesupervision is practiced.

Telesupervision is known by different names: E-Supervision, Online Supervision, Virtual Supervision, Technology Assisted Clinical Supervision, Skype Clinical Supervision….  However, it is simply the practice of clinical supervision when the supervisor and the supervisee are at different locations and communicating electronically. 

This interview covers the following questions: 

How is telesupervison practiced?

Does telesupervison work?

Is telesupervision allowed?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of telesupervision?

Is telesupervison training helpful?

What are the boundaries of competence?

How to provide telesupervision for an organization

There's a lot to learn and a lot to be gained through telesupervision. In 2020 we started offering a new TeleSupervision and TeleConsultation Course, and since 2021 we have hosted a bi-monthly Clinical Supervision live webinar series. Check them out!

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