Ensuring your Telebehavioral Health Training is a Good Fit

Why Counselors Should Train in Telehealth 

The flexibility of online counseling allows therapists to transition from in-person therapy to a virtual office, a trend that has become even more appealing since the COVID-19 public health crisis. But without adequate telemental health training, licensed counselors may find themselves at a disadvantage.

Regardless of the practice format, online and in-person counselors should apply the ethical wisdom to only practice within their scope of competence. With a high-quality training program, you will feel more comfortable as an online counselor and carry less risk as a telemental health provider. Before jumping into virtual sessions with clients, a training program can show you what skills–or instructional content areas–will help shape your telemental health practice. Discovering your knowledge gaps is often the first step to achieving telehealth competency.

Finding the Right Program

Once you decide to further your training, you may wonder where to turn. Our recommendation is to look for coursework that covers the clinical, ethical, legal, and technological aspects of virtual counseling. It’s also advisable that your telemental health training program should be presented by a reputable, experienced educational provider who can move you closer to your goals. 

Signs of a High-Quality Program: 

  • The reputation, background, and approaches are trustworthy.
  • Direct contact from course mentors gives you the opportunity to ask questions, either during or after the presentation. 
  • If your profession’s member organization approves continuing education credits, then this strengthens the reliability of the training program.
  • The trainer has an educational and professional background in the topic.
  • The chosen training organization displays professionalism in all correspondence, including their presence on the web. 

Other Questions to Consider:

  • Is the training suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners? 
  • Can your colleagues vouch for the trainer or the organization's track record?
  • Are disability accommodations provided during training sessions?  

Opportunities from the Telehealth Certification Institute 

You can build competence (and confidence) through a recognized telemental health training program. Whether you’d like to register for a free webinar, a specialized online course, or a comprehensive telebehavioral health training program, the Telehealth Certification Institute is here to support you. We partner with nationally-recognized behavioral health organizations, experts from other industries, and leading counselors in the field to deliver content that you can trust. 

By: Michael Tugendhat

 

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2 comments

  • Comment Link Beth Vanbeek Wednesday, 17 March 2021 08:22 posted by Beth Vanbeek

    Hello Linda Dollen,
    Our Telemental Health Training (THTC Certificate) program provides you with10.5 CE hours (6 of which are ethics) and the THTC Certificate.
    Our TeleMental Health Training Certificate (THTC) is designed to train clinicians for competency in Legal, Ethical, Privacy, and Clinical Skills aspects of Telemental Health.
    It will also help you to select the appropriate technology to achieve that goal and ensures that you have developed the necessary clinical skills to make this method of offering services a really effective one for you and the client.
    By completing our THTC program you meet the training requirement to apply for the BC-TMH (Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider) credential.
    I have included the link below to our THTC Certificate training program
    https://telementalhealthtraining.com/courses-and-products/product/telemental-health-training-program-online-self-study

  • Comment Link Linda Dollen Monday, 15 March 2021 11:18 posted by Linda Dollen

    Hi this is Linda Dollen LMHC i would like to learn more about certification.

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