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TeleMental Health Summit 2023: Specializations for Behavioral Health

Online therapy has been an effective lifeline and is here to stay! In 2023, we’re gathering the nation’s top behavioral and telehealth experts for our virtual 2023 SUMMIT to discuss providing specialized behavioral health services remotely.

It's Time to Explore Specializations in Behavioral Health

Telemental Health has been an effective and necessary lifeline since 2020, and Online Therapy is here to stay!  Join us in March to explore specialties in behavioral health and discuss providing these services remotely.

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Join Us Virtually Because

We are trusted trainers for 40,000+ clinicians

Since 2014, the Telehealth Certification Institute has trained more than 39,000 clinicians from varying fields with our live events, courses, and certificate programs.

Why Participate in the #telehealthsummit2023?

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Calendar of Events


March 20, 2023

*Times are in Eastern Daylight Time*

10:30 Pre-Summit Opens

10:45 Welcome Message

11:00-2:30 Session One and Q&A

3:30-7:00 Session Two and Q&A

7:00 Closing

Main Sessions

March 21, 2023

*Times are in Eastern Daylight Time*

10:30 Summit Opens

10:45 Welcome Message

11:00-12:30 Session One and Q&A

1:00-2:30 Session Two and Q&A

4:00-5:30 Session Three and Q&A

5:30-6:15 Self-Care Session

Main Sessions

March 22, 2023

*Times are in Eastern Daylight Time*

10:30 Summit Opens

10:45 Welcome Message

11:00-12:30 Session One and Q&A

1:00-2:30 Session Two and Q&A

4:00-5:30 Session Three and Q&A

5:30-6:15 Self-Care Session

Join this year's Summit to learn specialties in behavioral health and how to effectively provide them in your practice.

The TeleMental Health 2023 Summit has sessions and packages to meet your needs.

Telemental Health 2023 Free Pre-Summit Registration Button
Pre-Summit Learning Institute
March 20, 2023
Register for FREE
Earn up to 7 CEs
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Summit Full Access
(Pre-Summit + Summit)
March 20, 21 and 22, 2023
Register for $225
(regular price = $270)
Earn up to 16 CEs
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Clinician's Bundle
(Summit Full Access + TeleMental Health Training (THTC) Program)
Register for $525
(regular price = $699)
Earn up to 31.5 CEs
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Tailored Bundle
(Clinician's Bundle + TeleMental Health Provider Workbook + One Hour Consultation)
Register for $825
(regular price = $1,159)
Earn up to 31.5 CEs
Students save 20% off by using the "Student2023" coupon code.
Scholarships are available by email for those who have financial needs.  Please contact us at [email protected]


Session Details

Session details are listed below under each day.

Minor changes to sessions and scheduling may be required and will be updated if necessary.


March 20th Pre-Summit

Pre-Summit Session One: Trauma-Informed Telehealth with Adolescents

Date and Time: March 20, 2023, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Title: Trauma-Informed Telehealth with Adolescents

CEs: 3.5 CE hours offered

Who should attend: Behavioral Health Professionals

Practice/ Content Level: Intermediate


11:00-11:50 am -- Lecture
11:50 am-12:00 pm -- Q&A
12:00-12:40 pm -- lecture
12:40-12:50 pm -- Q&A
12:50-1:30 pm -- Lecture
1:30-1:40 pm -- Q&A
1:40-2:20 pm -- Lecture
2:20-2:30 pm -- Q&A

Description: The goal of this training is for participants to distinguish among some of the most commonly used and widely researched trauma-focused interventions in working with adolescent clients who present with acute, chronic, or complex trauma. The training will primarily expand the participants’ skills on telehealth adaptations of trauma-focused and trauma-informed interventions in working with adolescent clients. Given the context of inequities in the use of telehealth and the digital divide, this training will also integrate telehealth adaptations of some culturally-adapted trauma-focused interventions in working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) adolescent clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and describe at least two clinical considerations when using telehealth for working with adolescent clients exposed to trauma and/or experiencing ongoing trauma.
  • Appraise the applicability of at least two core elements of trauma-focused interventions in engaging adolescent clients in telehealth.
  • Illustrate at least two ways of addressing telehealth inequities and culturally-adapting trauma-focused interventions when working with BIPOC adolescent clients.

Instructor: Dr. Ritchie Rubio, PhD

Biography: Dr. Rubio has worked as a clinical child psychologist, play and expressive arts therapist, researcher-storyteller, program evaluator, statistical consultant, data analyst, telehealth trainer/consultant, and associate professor/lecturer in a variety of clinical and academic settings including public health systems, universities, pediatric hospitals, community mental health settings, schools, and research institutes in three countries: the Philippines, U.S.A., and New Zealand. He immigrated to the US from the Philippines at the age of 25, and completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family emphasis from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) through a Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program (IFP) grant. He is currently the Director of Practice Improvement and Analytics of the Children, Youth, and Families System of Care at the San Francisco Department of Public Health in California, USA. In that role, he plans and coordinates a clinical practice improvement and evaluation program focused on identifying best trauma-informed and diversity-responsive practices; and utilizing implementation science to design and strengthen clinical assessment and interventions. His clinical work was/is primarily with immigrant and multicultural children/youth and their families. He mostly integrates psychodynamic, attachment, family systems, multicultural, expressive arts, play therapy, and CBT orientations. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Counseling Psychology programs of the University of San Francisco, Pepperdine University, and the Wright Institute. He teaches courses such as Research and Statistics; Crisis and Trauma Counseling; Neuroscience; Child and Adolescent Counseling; Family Violence and Protection; Individual, and Family Development; and Clinical Assessment and Measures.

March 21st

March 21st Session One: Telehealth for Clients with Intellectual Disabilities

Date and Time: March 21, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

Title: Telehealth for Clients with Intellectual Disabilities

CEs: 1.5 CE hours offered

Who Should Attend:  Behavioral Health Professionals

Practice/Content Level: Intermediate

Description: People with intellectual disability (ID) have been a marginalized group in the United States for the past 200 years. Providing equitable access to and accommodations for mental health care is one way that practitioners may help to address these concerns. Unfortunately, during and since the Covid-19 pandemic, people with ID have experienced less access to supportive therapy as the field moved towards telehealth delivery systems. In addition, many practitioners may feel ill-equipped to understand or adjust their practice to meet the particular needs of this population.

In this training, Dr. Buckles will help participants understand how they may open their virtual doors to people with ID. General concepts behind the term intellectual disability will be explained while also briefly discussing the sometimes-ugly history of ‘treatment’ practices performed on this population. Specific attention is given to how current literature suggests that counseling provided through telehealth may be particularly helpful for people with ID.Specific tips for adjusting assessment and counseling methods are addressed in detail.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain general concepts of intellectual disability (ID)
  • Discuss a brief history of treatment and mistreatment of people with ID in the United States
  • Explain how telehealth may benefit people with ID in specific ways
  • Discuss recent literature on this topic; and
  • Illustrate ways assessment and counseling methods may be modified for this population.

Instructor: Jason Buckles, Ph.D.

Biography: Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Jason earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology at New York University in 1996. While there he worked on diagnostic projects at Bellevue Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He earned his Master’s in Counseling at The University of New Mexico in 2001 and PhD in Special Education at The University of New Mexico in 2016. His dissertation focused on the experiences of direct support professionals who support people with sexually challenging behavior. Since 2002 Jason has been owner of Talkabout Inc., a Behavior Consultation agency specializing in supports for people with intellectual disability and concurrent mental health diagnoses. From 2012 through 2016 Jason was the Statewide Clinical Director of the New Mexico Department of Health – Bureau of Behavioral Support overseeing statewide systems of behavioral support consultation. From 2016-2019 Jason was the Executive Director of A Better Way of Living, a CQL accredited agency that provides life-wide supports for people with intellectual disability. He is currently a contracting consultant with the New Mexico Department of Health where he supervises the sexual risk screening program, the ongoing development of behavior support systems, and provides statewide trainings on co-occurring mental health conditions for people with intellectual disability among other topics. For several years Jason has also served as the Program Manager for the Developmental Disability/Mental Illness project with the University of New Mexico. For most of the past 20 years he was a part time instructor at both The University of New Mexico teaching Introduction to Intellectual Disability and at New Mexico Highlands University teaching DSM Assessment for Counselors.

March 22nd

March 22nd Session One: Using Experiential Therapy with Telehealth

Date and Time: March 22, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

Title: Using Experiential Therapy with Telehealth

CEs: 1.5 CE hours offered

Who Should Attend:  Behavioral Health Professionals

Practice/Content Level: Intermediate

Description: Experiential therapy is an overarching term or umbrella of action-oriented therapies that draw from psychodrama, EFT, and SE to name a few. These modalities assist clients in moving out of their intellectual frame of reference to a more felt-sense of reference. The intention is to help clients move from their head and into their feelings. This is profoundly helpful in a clients therapeutic process when healing from trauma and grief. It's also beneficial when helping clients learn the art of effective communication.

This training experience is designed to provide an introduction to experiential therapy. We will share education, practice and knowledge for facilitating on-line experiential therapy with individuals, couples, families and groups. We will also focus on case conceptualization with a systemic perspective, how an event impacts 1 person in the system, it impacts everyone in the system.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how to assess a client for participation in group
  • List traits to identify when screening a client
  • Describe how to create safety and commitment in a group
  • Identify specific action-oriented experiential therapy enactments that are effective in individual, couples, and group therapy

Instructors: Sheila Maitland, LCMHCS, CSAT and Amber Tolbert


Sheila Maitland has been working with individuals, couples, groups and families for more than 20 years. She owns a group practice Relationshipenrichmentcenter.com that relies heavily on family systems theory and experiential therapy. This means that a client won’t be asked to do anything that she and her staff haven’t done themselves. Sheila also facilitates workshops for couples and families through SteppingIntoWholeness.com.

Sheila also works with professionals providing training, continuing education and clinical supervision in North Carolina.  She obtained her “S” in 2013 and enjoys teaching, facilitating and guiding therapists in developing into their full potential, and full licensure. She provides both individual and group supervision for LCMHCAs which typically takes 2-3 years. She trains professionals, provisionally licensed and fully licensed therapists in treating trauma.

Sheila has been a consulting therapist, supervisor, & trainer for the Experiential Training Institute with the nationally recognized Onsite Workshops, and has enjoyed being a part of their organization throughout her career. She is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator which means she’s certified in Brene Brown’s work and leads groups dealing with shame, resilience, and worthiness.

Sheila’s group practice is in Matthews, NC. Sheila enjoys a rich marriage and family life with her husband, son and Golden Retriever. You can find Sheila here.


Amber Tolbert graduated from the University of South Carolina with dual Master degrees in Social Work and Public Health. She is a clinical supervisor and is dually licensed in South Carolina and North Carolina as a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Clinical Practice. Her experience over the past 14 years has taken her to many different mental health settings and she has experience with all ages.

Amber owns a holistic multi state group practice, “The Healing Collective”. She leads a team of 7 trauma specialists, 3 support staff, and a transformation coach in virtually supporting all of North and South Carolina through traditional and non-traditional therapeutic services.

Amber lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina with her husband, Chad of 10 years and their two boys, Cooper (7yo) and Finn (4yo), as well as their 3 dogs (Shelby, Charlie, and Piper), 1 fish (Ryan), and 2 Guinea Pigs (Blippi & Waffles). You can find Amber here.

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