TeleMental Health: Practical Applications for Delivering Psychotherapy and Counseling via Telehealth

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All materials are available as audios with transcripts.

Co-developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D. and Taylor & Francis, PLC

This course was developed based on articles published by the Taylor & Francis group. Taylor & Francis, PLC has granted permissions to Zur Institute to include these scientific studies as part of the course content. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.

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This course is also offered as part of a TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics Certificate of 24 CE Credit Hours.

General Course Description

Telehealth is here to stay, and growing fast. In addition to the legal and ethical issues, psychotherapists, supervisors, teachers and trainers should also know how to acquire a feel for using such components as websites, videoconferencing and smartphones with their clients.

This introductory course will teach some of the effective components of teletherapy as well as techniques for some specific disorders. All articles are available as audios as well. The first article provides an overview of what psychotherapists, trainers, supervisors and professors should know about practicing teletherapy. The next section of 3 articles examines the applicability of teletherapy for emotional and experiential therapy, marriage and family therapy, and psychoanalysis. The final section of 6 articles presents some concrete ways to use teletherapy for financial issues, dementia and depression among the elderly, PTSD and alcoholism treatment. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope. It also does not serve as a permission to title yourself in any specific way.

Educational Objectives

    This course will teach the participant to:

  • Discuss specific skills to use with telepsychology.
  • Discuss the barriers of using telepsychology with psychoanalysis.
  • Apply telepsychology principles to experiential, emotional and creative psychotherapy.
  • Describe a method of telepsychology for clients with financial-related disorders.
  • Describe using smartphone technology with alcoholic clients.
  • Discuss using telepsychology to treat PTSD, alcohol abuse and geriatric depression and dementia.


  • Dulin, Patrick et al (2014). Results of a pilot test of a self-administered smartphone-based treatment system for alcohol use disorders: Usability and Early Outcomes. Substance Abuse 35 (2), 165-175.
  • Goodyear, Roger et. al (2016.) A global portrait of counselling psychologists’ characteristics, perspectives, and professional behaviors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly 29 (2), 115-138.
  • Overholser, James C (2015). Training the scientist–practitioner in the twenty-first century: A risk–benefit analysis. Counselling Psychology Quarterly 28 (3), 220-234.

Course Syllabus

  • Training psychotherapists in telepsychology techniques
    • Competencies
    • Evaluation of training
  • Websites for MFTs
    • Elements of an ethical, legal and effective MFT website
  • Creative use of telepsychology therapy
    • Art and sculpting
    • Meditation and relaxation
  • Can telepsychology be used for psychoanalysis?
  • Treating specific disorders with telepsychology
    • Difficulties managing finances
    • Exposure therapy for treating trauma
    • Alcohol use and abuse
    • Gerontological issues
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Cost: $59.00

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