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TeleMental Health: Breaking Geographical Boundaries in Counseling

When: March 25, 2020 / 8:30am – 4:00pm

How/Where: Live Webinar via Zoom *Invitation to join webinar will be sent after registration

 Continuing Education: 6 Telemental Health CE Credits Awarded. No partial credit awarded.

Fee: Professionals – $145 $85 (Discounted with Promo Code “RGU2020”)

Alumni – $130 $65 (Discounted with Promo Code “Richmont”)

Registration: Registration closed. This CE event is sold out.

*Please email Martha Busby at to be added to the wait list.

Presenter: Sonja A. Sutherland, Ph.D. LPC, NCC, CPCS, DCC

Dr. Sutherland is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and an NBCC Approved Counselor Supervisor (ACS). In the field of counseling since 1998, and licensed since 2001, Dr. Sutherland has provided therapeutic services in the private practice, psychiatric residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings, for adolescents and adults, through individual, group, couples, and family therapy. Dr. Sutherland’s areas of research interest include counselor supervision & cultural competence development, and evidence-based treatment & residential models of care for at-risk adolescents.

Workshop Description:

Using an interactive group format, this workshop provides practical information on delivering services via technology-assisted media, such as but not limited to, a telephone, video, internet, a smartphone, tablet, PC desktop system or other electronic means using appropriate encryption technology for electronic health information (both asynchronous and synchronous).

This course meets the minimum standards required for the delivery of services by a licensed Professional Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist or psychologist using technology-assisted media, in accordance with Georgia Composite Board Rule 135-11-.01 TeleMental Health.

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss ethical considerations and risk management in telemental health intervention
  • Discuss Georgia’s THC Rule 135-11-.01 and how it applies to telemental health practice.
  • List and discuss the advantages & disadvantages of telemental health
  • Describe the Basics and Necessary Skills for THC
  • Demonstrate telemental health skills through hands on application / simulation activities
  • Apply crisis intervention knowledge within the telemental health intervention through case study application

Instruction Level: Beginner or Intermediate

Target Audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers

Schedule & Learning Objectives


8:30am – 10:00am

·        Georgia’s THC Rule 135-11-.01

·        Advantages & Disadvantages of THC

10:00am – 10:15am Break
10:15am – 11:45am ·        The Basics and Necessary Skills for THC
11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm – 2:15pm ·        Technology & Practical uses

·        Crisis Intervention & THC

2:15 – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 4:00pm ·        Hands-on application of TeleMental Health Counseling

For questions, please contact Martha Busby at or 404.835.6121.

Refunds: There are no refunds for this training unless there is an emergency. Email Martha Busby ( directly regarding refund options.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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TeleMental Health: Breaking Geographical Boundaries in Counseling