Why You'll Love This Course

Telehealth shouldn't just be about trying to replicate the in-person experience of therapy. It should be about going beyond that experience, harnessing the full potential of technology to aid in healing. This course surveys 11 different technologies, and how they can be successfully utilized as part of a telehealth practice.

Course Description

Telehealth in a psychotherapy is not limited to efforts to recreate the experience of in-person therapy. Technology offers therapists a wide range of opportunities to go beyond what therapists do as part of an in-person practice, potentially improving treatment effectiveness and efficiency. This course surveys a variety of new technologies that  can be applied in a telehealth practice. Topics include online assessments, symptom tracking apps, outcome tracking, collaboration software, delivering interventions via apps, virtual worlds, and between-session contacts.

1.5 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Course Outline

1. Cautionary notes

2. New technologies

i. Screen sharing

ii. Collaborative applications

iii. Online assessments

iv. Symptom tracking and checkin

v. Collaborative applications

vi. Applying interventions via app

vii. Applying interventions via video games

viii. Virtual environments

ix. Outcome tracking

x. Between-session contact

xi. Recordings

3. Overcoming hesitance


Included Resources:

  • Best Practices for Telehealth and Additional Resources

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least four recent research findings related to telehealth

  • Describe at least three uses of technology as an adjunct to psychotherapy

  • List three potential benefits of technology for psychotherapists to advance care

  • Apply three strategies to strengthen or repair the therapeutic relationship online


Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT

Education Director, SimplePractice Learning

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#42723). He currently serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. He has taught at the graduate level for more than 15 years, primarily in Law and Ethics, and has written and trained extensively on ethical applications in mental health care. In addition to serving a three-year term on the AAMFT Ethics Committee, Dr. Caldwell served as the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for AAMFT-California for 10 years. He served as Editor for the Users Guide to the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics and is the author of several books, including Saving Psychotherapy and Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs.

Dr. Caldwell led the AAMFT workgroup that developed Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 91 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:

Advanced. This course presumes functional knowledge of telehealth, including standard clinical practices and legal and ethical requirements

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. The course completion quiz can be retaken multiple times until passed.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course published: August 19, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course. Products mentioned within the course are examples only, and do not imply endorsement.

Refund Policy:

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Contact Information:

For any inquiries related to subject matter guidance, correction, grading, comments, or problem resolution please contact us.

System Requirements:

Please ensure your device meets our system requirements.

Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1.5 hours of continuing education (1.5 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, 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. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education credits in the Clinical topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.