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Telebehavioral Health for Chronic Illness Interview

Dr. Marla Chalnick is a License Professional Counselor and Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) in North Carolina. She provides counseling via the phone and video conferencing to those with chronic illnesses.

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Approved Continuing Education Provider for New York State Social Workers and Mental Health Counselors

I am excited to announce that the Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is now an approved provider for continuing education by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners and the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work.

LCSWs and LMHCs in NY can now earn CE hours while qualifying to become a credentialed telemental health provider.

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Social Work Standards for Technology

Collaboration at its best! Two years ago, NASW partnered with ASWB, CSWE, and CSWA. They created the Task Force for Technology Standards in Social Work Practice, which produced a thorough set of standards for the use of technology in social work. In 2016, the task force released a draft for comments to the public. After a careful review of the comments received and many other sources of best practices, they released the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, & CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice.

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ASWB Continuing Education for Social Workers

I am glad to announce that the Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC, is now approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) as a provider of continuing education.

Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. 

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Telebehavioral Health in Georgia Continues to Grow

Georgia is using telemental health for assessments, treatment, supervision, coordination of care, school-based services, and many other facilities. The Partnership Georgia Partnership for Telehealth had 240,000 telehealth patient visits in 2014, and it currently includes over 600 locations with over 200 specialists and healthcare partners. Georgia has had a telehealth parity law since 2006. Georgia has been requiring counselors, social workers, and MFTs to receive 6 hours of CE training in telemental health. Georgia’s Office of Telehealth & Telemedicine is establishing a new sophisticated telemedicine network.

If you want to start offering telebehavioral health services in Georgia, I highly recommend earning a telebehavioral health credential. A training credential in telebehavioral health will not only teach you important best practices but will inform referral sources of your credibility.

Read about Georgia's CE requirement for telemental health.

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Telemental health has greatly expanded in NC

North Carolina is greatly utilizing telemental health. The Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP) in NC anticipates connecting eighty or more hospital emergency departments with psychiatric assessments and consultations. Most major insurance companies in NC are reimbursing for telebehavioral health services. The Center for Rural Health Innovation’s Health-e-Schools program provides school-based telehealth services to thirty-three schools in four counties. North Carolina has a proposed telehealth parity law, HB 283. Both Licensed Professional Counselors and Social Workers in North Carolina can now receive supervision hours through the use of technology.

Online Behavioral Health Graduate Programs are Effective

Are you a behavioral health educator?

Can you effectively connect with students online?

Will students truly be prepared to provide behavioral health services after attending an online program?

In this interview, learn from Corinna Costello, PhD, LCPC, ATR-BC, a seasoned faculty member, what it's like to educate behavioral health students online.

If you lead or teach within a graduate behavioral health program in counseling, family therapy, social work, or psychology, consider offering your graduate students TeleMental Health Training that will prepare them to reach their future clients through telehealth: Graduate Programs & TeleMental Health Training

Animal Assisted Therapy Online Interview

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 as an 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.