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TeleMental Health Training Certificate Program Details

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Expand Your Practice…Enhance Your Career…Fill the Need

This course is designed to prepare you to effectively provide telemental health services. 

It covers all of the essential competencies of using technology in practice and of providing services from a distance. 

There are eight topics in this course:

  • Introduction to TeleMental Health
  • Legal Aspects of TeleMental Health
  • Ethics of Using Technology in Behavioral Health
  • HIPAA Compliance for Mental Health Professionals
  • Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Aspects of Selecting Technology
  • Emergency Management Planning for TeleMental Health
  • Screening for Fit for TeleMental Health Services
  • Ethical and Clinical Skills of Video and Phone Sessions

  • Offer your clients more ways to have sessions with you.
  • Meet the demand for online counseling.
  • Reduce risk for your client, your license, and your practice.
  • Adhere to your code of ethics and practice within your boundaries of competence.
  • Become a preferred provider for insurance companies, EAPs, and organizations who are seeking telemental health providers.
  1. Register for the course
  2. In the navigation bar above click on the “My Courses” tab
  3. You then can access this course by clicking on its title

This is a non-interactive, self-study program.

Introduction to TeleMental Health

  • Define Telehealth and telemental health
  • Explain the benefits of telemental health
  • Explain the possible drawbacks and risks of telemental health
  • Describe the support for telemental health
  • Describe the history of telemental health
  • Summarize the research findings on telemental health
  • List the types of settings and locations of telemental health
  • List three resources for telemental health updates

Legal Aspects of TeleMental Health

  • Explain how to determine if you can legally practice telemental health
  • Explain how to determine if you can provide clinical services to a client who is not located in the jurisdiction in which you have obtained a professional license
  • Describe how to handle a situation in which a client is going to be outside the jurisdiction in which you are authorized to practice while requesting your clinical services

Ethics of Using Technology in Behavioral Health

  • List the sources of telemental health ethical guidelines
  • Explain how you can ensure to practice within your boundaries of competence when providing telemental health
  • Explain how to ethically use social media and create a social media policy
  • List at least five topics that ought to be in an informed consent related to telemental health
  • Explain how to verify identity when providing telemental health services
  • Describe three possible ethical dilemmas that can occur when providing telemental health

HIPAA Compliance for Mental Health Professionals

  • List four sources for privacy law in the United States
  • List three risks to confidentiality when using technology
  • Define a breach to protected health information
  • Explain the steps to becoming HIPAA compliant
  • Explain the requirements of the privacy rule in HIPAA law
  • Explain the requirements of the security rule in HIPAA law
  • Explain the requirements of the breach notification rule in HIPAA law
  • Explain how to conduct a risk analysis and create a risk management plan
  • Describe the three safeguards in HIPAA law
  • Explain when you need to obtain a Business Associate Agreement

Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Aspects of Selecting Technology

  • Explain the ethical considerations in choosing technology
  • Explain the legal considerations in choosing technology
  • Explain the clinical considerations in choosing technology
  • List the steps of choosing technology for clinical services
  • List the considerations in choosing technology for clinical records
  • List the considerations in choosing technology for video conferencing
  • List the considerations in choosing technology for messaging
  • List the considerations in choosing technology for phone calls, voicemail, and fax
  • List the considerations in choosing technology for payment processing and document transferring
  • List the considerations in choosing technology for data storage, backup, and archiving
  • List at least seven technology components using in video conferencing
  • Describe how to prevent, respond to, and process with clients technology issues

Emergency Management Planning for TeleMental Health

  • Establish with the client an emergency management plan for each session in both a supervised and unsupervised environment
  • List what information is required in order to create an emergency management plan
  • Explain the process of responding to an emergency during a telemental health session

Screening for Fit for TeleMental Health Services

  • Assess if a prospective and/or current client is a fit for telemental health services
  • List at least three reasons why an individual may not be a fit for telemental health services

Ethical and Clinical Skills of Video and Phone Sessions

  • Describe the different technology and environment used when providing video sessions
  • List the potential issues caused by clinicians when providing video sessions
  • List the potential issues caused by clients with receiving video sessions
  • Explain video session etiquette
  • List the steps or providing video sessions
  • Explain how to prepare a client for a video session
  • Respond to and process tech issues with a client
  • Explain possible applications used during a video session
  • Explain how to register a client and collect payment when a client is in a different location than the clinician
  • Explain how to prepare a client for a phone session
  • Describe phone session skills
  • List the benefits and drawbacks of phone sessions

Cultural Competence and Telehealth

  • Define cultural competence and cultural humility as it relates to ethical professional practice.
  • Adapt technology, assessment, and treatment services to fit specific cultural needs.

Credit Hours: 

The THTC program consists of 15 hours 42 minutes of video training.

Credit Hours: This course consists of 15.5 continuing education hours of credit (7.5 of which are ethics)

Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0048.

Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations.  You can check with your board to determine if your licensing board would accept this course.

Social Workers: TTelehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2024 – 05/02/2027. Social workers completing this course receive 15.5 total credits including 8 clinical and 7.5 ethics continuing education credits.

Telehealth Certification 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-0435.

Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #193104, Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychologists #PSY-0128.

Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists #CAT-0093.

Other Professionals: This course qualifies for 930 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations.  Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

This is a non-interactive, self-study course.

Raymond Barrett is the founder and CEO of the Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC (TCI). A licensed mental health counselor (LMHC and LPC), Ray is an innovator and leader in the field of telemental health. He’s an expert telehealth trainer, a respected speaker, and a trusted consultant.

Ray’s inspiration for TCI came from his clients that started asking him to conduct their therapy sessions over the phone. Ray had discovered a knowledge gap in mental health training. He wanted to fill that void with comprehensive and practical training in telemental health - so Ray created that training for himself and fellow clinicians. 

Since 2014, TCI has delivered comprehensive telehealth training and consultation to a global network of more than 40,000 healthcare organizations and professionals. TCI now offers over 180 specialized courses, a vast array of telehealth resources, and ongoing free continuing education opportunities for telehealth providers. Among the most sought-after courses offered by TCI is the Telemental Health Training Certificate (THTC Certificate) program. 

Ray played a significant role in developing the initial curriculum for the Board Certified Telemental Health credential (BC-TMH) for the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE). He reviewed every training module. He helped draft content, including questions for exams. He even wrote and developed the initial draft of one of the training modules: Telemental Health Settings and Coordination of Care.

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) - the most respected organization for telehealth - recently overhauled its guidelines. Ray was on the writing committee that developed Best Practices in Synchronous Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health in March 2022.

In 2019, Ray participated in a task force for developing a clinical rating process for mobile apps designed to help treat depression.  The recommendations were presented to ATA.

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. As part of the International Standards Advisory Committee (ISAC), Ray helped establish CARF’s standards for virtual services.

Ray also is a frequent speaker and consultant for professional organizations. He has presented for over 20 organizations since 2015.

Included in this training program is your THTC.  You can obtain your THTC certificate after attesting to completing the entire THTC program.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

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This course includes closed captioning.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are offered within the first 30 days for courses which have not been completed.  There is a 10% service fee for refunds.  

Grievance Policy

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To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.

This course is completed by registering, logging in, navigating to your course using the blue navigation bar (My Courses – the Course Title), completing all of the modules, completing and passing the post-tests, and completing the course evaluation.

You can receive your certificate of completion by: logging onto this website, navigating to the course using the blue navigation bar (My Courses – the Course Title), scroll to the bottom of your course, and click on your certificate to either download it or print it.

Here is a visual guide with detailed instructions.

You can view the steps on how to complete a course by clicking here.

This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.

Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.  The courses may include required reading.

You have six months to access online courses from the time of purchase.