Telemental Health: An Alternative to Traditional Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition


About the Course
Telemental health (TMH) is a broad term that refers to the provision of behavioral and mental health services using telecommunications or videoconferencing technology. Because technological advances in TMH are developing so rapidly, many practitioners may not have learned about how these advances can be integrated into clinical practice. Research has shown no evidence that TMH delivery of evidence-based mental health treatment is less effective than in-person delivery, even in the treatment of complex disorders like PTSD. This intermediate-level course provides a framework for understanding issues relating to TMH and offers information for developing TMH clinical practices.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Define terminology used when discussing telemental health services. 
  • Explain emerging telemental health practices, common uses of technology, and healthcare access issues. 
  • Assess the feasibility of telehealth for providing mental health assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. 
  • Execute telehealth adaptations of common in-person mental health services. 
  • Identify challenges that practitioners may face when establishing a telemental health practice, including technology requirements, security issues, licensure, legislation, ethics, informed consent, and safety planning. 
  • Discuss the international contexts of telemental health. 

About the Author/Presenter
Emilia Brown, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in psychosocial rehabilitation and the treatment and de-stigmatization of severe and persistent mental illness. Her?expertise includes the development and management of interdisciplinary mental health treatment programs and national coordination for psychology networking and professional development. She created and led a CARF-accredited psychosocial rehabilitation program within Veteran Affairs and has provided multiple national presentations. Dr. Brown has chaired the American Psychological Association's Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbance Section of Division 18 Psychologists in Public Service, and is?the founder, producer, and co-host of the podcast Bat Therapy: Psychology of Batman, Superheroes, and Comics. Dr. Brown obtained her doctorate at Washington State University and completed her internship at the James H. Quillen VAMC. She went on to complete a fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. 

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 3-hour commitment of time. 
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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