An Online Self-Paced Course
In the last few years, mental and behavioral disorders have been quite prevalent in the United States as providers consistently report an increase in Americans grappling with significant depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. Indeed, estimates indicate that approximately ten million adults in the country experience serious mental illnesses, and one in five Americans has a mental illness (Mental health facts, n.d.). In a year, 43.8 million Americans suffer psychological issues (Mental health facts, n.d.).
Unfortunately, the high costs of treating these illnesses are a barrier that keeps patients from accessing relevant healthcare services. Langarizadeh et al. (2017) further argue that many areas, especially rural regions, have insufficient healthcare providers, which compounds the challenges experienced by mentally ill patients. In addition, Parcesepe and Cabassa (2013) explain that people with mental disorders might not attend mental health facilities due to the fear of social stigma, which may expose them to segregation and a lack of autonomy.
Thus, Langarizadeh et al. (2017) reveal that providers have been considering tele-mental healthcare as an alternative to conventional mental care because it can help patients navigate many difficulties they currently experience. As providers make this shift, they must understand the key aspects or information about telehealth care. Telehealth healthcare and other telehealth techniques are healthcare delivery innovations and may necessitate modifications to the current practices. On the other hand, they may be impacted by existing laws, resources, and attitudes, especially among patients. As such, providers need to know crucial information that can foster success in telehealth and avoid potential risks. This paper aims to describe the details of an online telehealth healthcare course for mental health professionals, including the best practices, interstate practice, informed consent requirements, and trends during the coronavirus disease pandemic. This course may take only three hours, meaning mental health professionals can participate without sacrificing their duties.
DURATION: 3 hours of continuing education