On August 14, 2019, the name of this course was changed from "Clinical + Tech: The Evolution of Tele-mental Health" to "Telehealth: Getting Started." This was a change in title only. If you are in progress on this course, your progress should not have been impacted. 

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.

telehealth course introduction video

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


Melissa Douglass, LCSW

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.

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:

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NAADAC Approval Status:

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.