Psychology: Telemental Health: An Alternative to Traditional Psychotherapy

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About Course

Release Date: October 6, 2018
Expiration Date: October 6, 2023

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 introductory information for developing TMH clinical practices. Case vignettes are included.

Social Workers completing this course receive 4 clinical social work continuing education credits.

Psychologists will receive 3 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Define terminology used when discussing telemental health services.
  • Explain emerging telemental health practices, common uses of technology, and healthcare access issues.
  • Describe the provision of telemental health services, including technology requirements, security issues, licensure, informed consent, and safety planning.
  • Explain the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients via telemental health, including clinical considerations.
  • Identify challenges that practitioners may face when establishing a telemental health practice.
  • Discuss the international contexts of telemental health.

About the Author

Dr. Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW, earned her BA, MSW, and PhD in social work from the University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Gallaudet University, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore, respectively. She works as a full professor of social work at Gallaudet University. Dr. Crowe's professional career focuses on behavioral health, primarily with individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. She has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and private-practice settings. Dr. Crowe's research expertise includes a variety of behavioral health issues, such as translated standardized instruments, alcohol use, interpersonal and dating violence, help-seeking behavior, and telemental health.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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