Why You'll Love This Course

Therapists are often nervous about the possibility of moving part of their practice online. Melissa walks through the process as a clinician who has built a successful practice in the online space. Her guidance is clear, specific, and within reach even for those who don't consider themselves tech-savvy.

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Course Description

This course reviews key practical and clinical considerations for mental health professionals interested in taking part or all of their practice online. Topics include telehealth utilization, research on the effectiveness of telehealth, getting started, assessing client fit, best practices, and ethical considerations. This course includes a brief demonstration of a telehealth connection.

1 Hour CE. Video Format.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define at least three benefits and two risks of tele-mental health services for clients

  • Identify at least four best practices to ensure ethical delivery of services via telehealth

  • Summarize existing data around the effectiveness of tele-mental health

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Telehealth
  3. Pros and Cons
  4. What does the research say?
  5. Considerations
  6. Implications

Instructor

Melissa Douglass, LCSW

Melissa Douglass, MSW, LSCW is a therapist, coach, wife, and mom of three. Melissa is a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) and the founder of Goal Driven Counseling, a telehealth focused group practice. In addition to her work in private practice, she leads trainings for mental health professionals and organizations interested in integrating tele-mental health into their practices.

Additional Information

Format & Length:

Video format; Total running time 68 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. The course presumes standard-level clinical knowledge, but does not presume knowledge specific to tele-mental health.

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.

Who Should Attend:

Counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Enrollment Period:

90 Days 

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: July 19, 2019

Course Revised: August 14, 2019 

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.

Refund Policy:

Click here to see our policies on attendance, refunds, grievances, and accessibility, and other frequently asked questions.

Continuing Education Approvals:

This course is not part of our APA-approved continuing education program for psychologists at this time.

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 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. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed 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 is approved to provide continuing education activities for Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Texas. MFT CE Provider Number 1271.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Professional Counselors in the state of Texas. LPC CE Provider Number 3446.

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.

This course is not part of our continuing education program as an approved provider for the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work.