“Distance therapy, also known as telemental health, is the use of technology for therapuetic needs of clients in a location different from the mental health professional either synchronously or asynchronously” Gilbertson, 2020.
Now is the time for all clinicians to explore telemental health. Already, we are hearing of the extraordinary efforts of counselors, social workers, psychologists and other mental health professionals as they reach out to those in need of psychotherapeutic services.
The pandemic has changed the world, perhaps permanently, and how we provide our services to clients. It is important that we all become competent in delivering those services online.
There are many opportunities for such training and most of them are excellent and inexpensive, some even free. To point to just a few of the many trainings you might want to explore are those presented by PESI, Zurin Institute, and the National Board for Certified Counselors.
“The internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow”, Bill Gates