American Board of Telehealth Launches Telebehavioral Health Certificate Program
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The American Board of Telehealth is addressing the nationwide shortage of mental health professionals with the launch of its telebehavioral health certificate program, aimed at teaching providers how to effectively deliver high-quality, compassionate behavioral healthcare using telehealth.
The board, which is supported by grant funding from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, is offering a seven-module, self-paced online program that reviews current evidence and best practices from experts incorporating interactive content, video, and integrated case scenarios.
Whitney Flanagan, RN, the board’s director of education, said the goal is to deliver the training and education necessary to ensure a variety of providers in different settings are up to date on emerging tools and approaches to ensure the best quality care possible for patients.
“The COVID-19 pandemic set off a new wave of mental health and substance abuse issues across the country,” Flanagan said. “With anxiety and depression on the rise, telebehavioral health is one way to increase services, especially in rural or underserved areas.“
Dr. Matthew Stanley, clinical vice president of the Behavioral Health Service Line for Avera eCARE and a founding board member of the American Board of Telehealth, said the program couldn’t come at a more critical time given the rise in mental health issues during the pandemic.
“Telehealth is a powerful medium, but providers need new skills and knowledge to ensure it reaches its full potential,” Stanley said. “This innovative certificate program delivers next-level training, specifically for mental health practitioners, that will enable them to engage with patients on a deeper level to improve outcomes.
The American Board of Telehealth also offers a foundational CORE Concepts in Telehealth Certificate Program. Both are now open for registration.
More information is available here.