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Distance Counseling Credentialing and Training

Distance Counseling Credential has been replaced by theBoard Certified – TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) credential

Do you need an additional credential to provide online counselling? Some will say no – your current master’s level education and governing body’s credential / license should suffice.

Formally known as the Distance Counseling Credential (DCC), the Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) is becoming widely accepted as a sign of credibility and additional training. As you begin to explore the world of online therapy, there are several concerns that need to be addressed: ethics, regulation, security / HIPAA – just to name a few. Additional training in these areas can be extremely helpful.

The BC-TMH is awarded by the Center for Credentialing and Education after completion of an approved training program. See below for links to both the CCE and their approved programs.

Nationwide TeleMental Health Preparedness Virtual Summit May 18-20

nationwide telemental health summit poster

Are you a behavioral health professional (or clinician, healthcare organization, telehealth support staff, or student clinician) interested in providing telehealth services but don’t know where to start? Join the telehealth certification institute on May 18-20th, 2020 online for the telehealth preparedness summit. Experts in the telehealth field will discuss the legal, ethical, technical, clinical, and business aspects in providing virtual care.


Center for Credentialing and Education

Center for Credentialing and Education

The Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE) is a not-for-profit organization that provides practitioners and organizations with assessments, business support services and credentialing. Created in 1995 as an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), CCE credentials more than 25,000 practitioners globally.


Telehealth Certification Institute

TeleHealth training for online counseling

The Telehealth Certification Institute was created by Ray Barrett LPC, in the pursuit of becoming a truly competent telemental health counsellor, and to help all distance counsellors to do likewise. Their mission is to create professionalism throughout the Telehealth industry. They provide live and online training programs as well as providing up to date information on developments in the field.


TeleMental Health Institute

TeleMental Health Institute - training for online therapy

Founded by Dr. Marlene M. Maheu, PhD, the TeleMental Health Institute is one of the oldest and most respected training programs for Online Therapy. Affiliated with the respected TeleHealth Institute, it’s goal is to provide behavioral telehealth training and staffing services to the behavioral health community. They are dedicated to providing guidance, resources and other support for planning, launching and thriving with online counselling.


The Online Therapy Institute

Online Therapy Institute credential for DCC

Founded by Kate Anthony and DeeAnna Merz Nagel in 2008, The Online Therapy Institute was created to draw on their combined international expertise in the field of using Technology in Mental Health. They offer online training programs for therapists and counsellors as well as coaches and supervisors. Note: their courses are also endorsed by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.


The Zur Institute

Zur Institute advice on online therapy

Founded by Dr. Ofer Zur PhD, the Zur Institute is a leading resource for professional competency and private practice – not just in TeleMental Health. They provide a treasure trove of information and links for those wanting to know more about the subject, as well as providing training and certificate programs.


Renewed Vision Counseling

Renewed Vision online counseling training DCC

Renewed Vision Counseling was founded by Michael S. Jones, Ed.S, LPC-S, NCC, DCC and they provide both online and live training. This 23 hour training program not only meets the requirements for the DCC, but also for the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling and the Florida Certified E-Therapist Training