TeleMental Health Professional Orientation

Telemental health is the use of electronic means or technology to provide mental health services by any mental health discipline. It is not a seperate medical or mental health services. It is simply a different means through which a practitioner can deliver services that have historically been delivered in person in the mental health field. Telemental health is discipline neutral, meaning that all mental health disciplines can use the technology modality to provide services.

The need for mental health has dramatically increased and, with advances in technology and current health concerns, the use of patient care at a distance has also increased. All age groups and all diagnoses have shown an increase in the need of treatment. With the increased use of telemental health there is an increased need for education concerning legal considerations and compliance during a telemental health appointment.

The research into telemental health has consistently shown it to be an effective delivery system for mental health services. Some studies have even found that telemental health services may actually be preferable to in-person care in certain populations and situations. Children and adolescents and veterans in particular, seem to especially benefit from the use of telemental health. Telemental health is NOT the be-all and end-all in the delivery of therapy. Nor is it for every patient or every practitioner. Clearly, there are limitations. The limitations may be driven by a particular practitioner’s level of skill or confidence in treating certain cases online. This course is to provide education concerning telemental health professional orientation.

This course brings attention to patient treatment during distancing. The course is designed to provide education on professional orientation for practitioners who use telemental health.

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Distinguish between various technological modalities.
  • Use telemental health as part of an integrative approach.
  • Implement the disclosure process.
  • Use ethical guidelines with social media.
  • Apply ethical practices to manage practitioner values and biases.
  • Terminology relevant to telemental health.
  • Differences between telemental health and non telemental health practices.
  • The public need for telemental health.
  • The evolution of telemental health.
  • The different settings for telemental practices.
  • The telemental health disclosure process.
  • The ethical responsibility within the disclosure process.
  • The ethical responsibilities toward ongoing training, knowledge, and supervision.


Course Format:

TeleMental Health Professional Orientation Part 1

  • Evolution of Telemental Health
  • Settings for Telemental Health
  • Terminology Relevant to Telemental Health
  • Technological Modalities


TeleMental Health Professional Orientation Part 2

  • Public Health Need
  • Integrative Approach
  • Disclosure Process


TeleMental Health Professional Orientation Part 3

  • Differences of TMH and Non TMH Practices
  • Social Media Ethical Guidelines
  • Apply Ethical Practices to Manage Practitioner Biases and Values


Learning Outcomes Conditions:
Complete self-paced certification in its entirety.
Pass all quizzes and final with 80% or better.

Education Hours:
You will receive a completion certificate with 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits from MedChi The Maryland State Medical Society for this course when all Learning Outcomes Conditions have been met.

Approximate Learning Time: 1.5 – 2.0 hours
This course is online and should take approximately 1.5 – 2.0 hours to complete.