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TeleMental Health Institute Forms Affiliate Alliance with Virtual Therapy Connect to Train Mental Health Professionals in Distance Counseling

08-19-2016 03:09 PM CET | Health & Medicine

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18 August 2016, San Diego, CA The TeleMental Health Institute (TMHI) is pleased to announce its strategic partnership with Virtual Therapy Connect (VTC). VTC offers a secure video connection platform, allowing practitioners and clients to connect remotely utilizing the computers, tablets, and smartphones they already own.. Through an affiliation with TMHI, VTC is encouraging its behavioral health professionals to obtain professional training from the industry’s leader, while also curbing the irresponsible practices by some professionals who might not be aware of professional and ethical guidelines to providing distance counseling.

Dr. Marlene Maheu, the founder of TMHI and a pioneer in the field of telemental health, said, "Virtual Therapy Connect offers one of the best of video conferencing services, with an eye toward quality as well as efficiency of their service.” Dr. Maheu continued, “We are proud to be associated with VTC, and look forward to a bright future as more and more professionals realize how advantageous it can be to start their telepractices immediately.”

Dr. Martha Ireland, co-founder of VTC and a veteran mental health professional said, "Tele-medicine is a relatively new frontier for many practitioners and clients, and it is VTC’s mission to make the technology experience secure, and user friendly so that quality care that supports the journey to wellness can be delivered even at a distance!" Dr. Ireland continued, "VTC is excited about our partnership with TMHI, because just as important as the technology is to the process of providing successful distance counseling, so is having qualified and properly trained professionals delivering this treatment model."

The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. is the world’s first, largest and most rigorous online telemental health training, consulting and staffing institute. It is devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, speech therapy and other behavioral specialties. TMHI offers convenient 24/7 internet access to 100% online courses for continuing education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) credit for these professionals with two types of Certificate Training Programs​​. Topics covered by TMHI professional training include risk management and best practices of behavioral telehealth (i.e., legal, ethical, practical or technical issues of video, telephone, email, or text-messaging; choosing apps and other technologies). In addition to professional training, TMHI provides consultation and staffing for:
Medical groups seeking to expand into behavioral telehealth
Community mental health centers, addiction treatment facilities, federally qualified behavioral centers, residential treatment facilities and specialty agencies looking to serve more patients
Research projects needing telemental health program design, standardized protocols and clinical staff training
Small group and independent practitioners looking to grow practices, reduce operational costs or re-locate to other states
Technology companies searching for patient engagement, other behavioral interventions and viable partners
For more Information about TMHI, send a note to contact@telehealth.org.

Virtual Therapy Connect seeks to assist people in getting the help they need, while guiding those who have considered counseling or therapy without the knowledge of where to start learn. The goal is for clients to see emerging and easy-to-use technologies can help, without the individual having to leave home in order to take advantage of them. Contact info: info@virtualtherapyconnect.com

The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. is the world’s first, largest and most rigorous online telemental health training, consulting and staffing institute. It is devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, speech therapy and other behavioral specialties.

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