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Mitchell Fong is the Director of Telehealth at Renown Health, a multi-hospital system that is locally governed and locally owned. Renown is a not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California and was an early adopter of telehealth in 2012.

Mitchell Fong and Ray Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute discuss what goes into a telehealth program, the impact COVID-19 has had on the necessity and delivery of remote services, the increase in utilization of telemedicine for both provider and patient, the challenges of pushing through change to improve access to healthcare for all, and the fact that telemedicine is here to stay.

 

Dr. Christina Strayer, Ed.D, LPCS, AAT, CCTP, DCC, RYT-200, provides education, consultation, counseling services, and telehealth services. She is an owner of Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle in Clayton, North Carolina as well as the lead instructor for the Animal Assisted Therapy Interventionist (AAT-I) credentialing program. In partnership with Telehealth Certification Institute, Dr. Strayer teaches two levels of the AAT-I credential: AAT-I Level 1 can be completed as an online self-study and includes required reading and assignments. AAT-I Level 2 includes a three day on-site intensive training in Clayton, NC in addition to the Level 1 requirements.

In July 2020, Dr. Strayer spent some time with Ray Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute discussing mental healthcare with animal assistance, as well as the effect she has witnessed firsthand from requisite distance services from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Yolanda Fountain, Ph.D., LPC, RPT-S, ACS, NCC, founder of Play Wellness, Inc. developed the Play Wellness Certificate - PLAY THERAPY TRAINING CERTIFICATE (PTTC). Dr. Fountain is also a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor as well as a consultant and educator at numerous universities in Georgia.

In July 2020, Dr. Fountain and Ray Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute discussed the use of telemental healthcare with play therapy.

G Suite through Google can solve many of your technological needs as a provider. Telehealth Certification Institute is pleased to announce that we have created an in-depth course, "G Suite for Healthcare",  to help you better understand the use of G Suite as an integral part of your practice. Raymond Barrett of Telehealth Certification Institute and Mark Jones, Certified Google Expert, offer over 5.5 hours of instruction that addresses the capabilities of G Suite so that you can maintain security and remain ethically and legally compliant when you offer services as a healthcare provider. This professional guidance from the team of a telehealth expert plus a Google expert will quickly answer questions you have about how best to use the variety of products offered in G Suite.

Over 3000 Professionals Gather for Virtual Telemental Health Preparedness Summit

In May 2020, as a response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Telehealth Certification Institute hosted the first Telemental Health Preparedness Summit, a large-scale virtual training, in cooperation with national behavioral health associations, telehealth infrastructure companies, and expert clinical trainers.

COVID-19 significantly accelerated the need for behavioral health providers to serve clients virtually, requiring that the vast majority of clinicians become immediately trained in the technical, legal, and ethical aspects of telehealth. As national experts in certifying professionals in Telemental Health, the summit offered training and CE hours, in addition to opportunities for Telemental Health Certification. The Telemental Health Preparedness Summit brought together behavioral health professionals across disciplines (including therapists, psychologists, social workers, professors, chaplains, students, etc.) to quickly and competently train on critical remote services.

In the midst of the global pandemic caused by Covid-19, there has not been a greater moment in time for telehealth services to be utilized with a variety of individuals who are experiencing feelings of isolation, stressors from social and economic impact of the virus, restrictions with their day to day movements, and also the potential added level of control associated with domestic abuse and violence that has been brought to the forefront as result of the virus.

Join us in examining and discussing the impact that Covid-19 crisis has had on the state of mental health services and its subsequent impact on domestic abuse and violence withTherese Hugg, the Vice President of Therapy Services at Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Ms. Hugg provides insight into how telehealth is being incorporated into the services that are being provided to clients of domestic abuse or violence. 

In the era of Covid-19, a number of organizations, academic institutions, and businesses are transitioning into the use of virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom, Ring Central, or Skype to name a few. A number of video calls are being undertaken due to the adoption of social distancing guidelines but as a result, some individuals are finding themselves getting tired of being on video calls, particularly if this is an all-day occurrence. To discuss the benefits but also challenges that can be faced with the use of means of communication and also the growing use of virtual meeting platforms or video conferencing systems such as Zoom is Michael Sacasas.

In our interview with Dr. Laklieshia Izzard, LPC, ACS, shares why over 15 years ago she began providing telemental health services, how it has been a fit for her own self-care, and a fit for both her clients and supervisees.

How COVID-19 is Changing the World of Online Counseling

You may have been an early adopter of telehealth services; perhaps you thought that you would never provide care from a distance; or maybe you fall somewhere in the middle. The fact of the matter is that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic - we have all been forced into becoming distance providers.

Questions you may have asked yourself: Am I allowed to provide telehealth services? Can I deliver those services competently and ethically? Will I be able to follow the constantly changing regulations?

Ray Barrett met with Dee Wagner, LPC, BC-DMT, and expert on Stephen Porges' polyvagal theory to discuss the implications of the forced use of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the increased and continued use of technology will affect clinicians and clients.

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