Course Details

This Program Is for You If:

  • You are interested in learning more about telebehavioral health and want to advance your career by integrating best practices into your future work, or if you’re a current practitioner and want to provide more convenient care for your patients.
  • You want to learn more about the current telebehavioral trends, ethical issues, and effectiveness from professionals at Bradley University.
  • You want to validate your knowledge of all of the above with an official digital certificate and badge from Bradley University’s Division of Continuing and Professional Development, which includes specific skill metadata you can show your current or future employers.

Who Should Take This Course

Bradley University’s Telebehavioral Health Certificate is designed for current (or future) behavioral health professionals, including nurses, physicians, counselors, social workers, who want to improve their ability to provide virtual care in an efficient, effective, and ethical manner. Under the expert guidance of Bradley’s Nursing Department faculty, you’ll walk away with new tools and skills to help you navigate the today’s telebehavioral health landscape.

What You'll Learn

The Bradley University Telebehavioral Health consists of eight self-paced modules, focused on the following topics:

  1. Module 1: Exploring the History and Context of Telehealth
  2. Module 2: Research and Evidence Supporting Effectiveness
  3. Module 3: Legal and Ethical Issues
  4. Module 4: Current Trends
  5. Module 5: Reimbursement in Telebehavioral Health
  6. Module 6: Best Practices
  7. Module 7: Patient Safety
  8. Module 8: The Future - Rules, Regulations and Policy

What You'll Earn

After successful completion of all five modules, you’ll earn a digital certificate and badge from Bradley University that you can display on your resume, social media sites, and LinkedIn page. These digital documents include detailed metadata that you can show your current or future employer to help you advance in your career. You’ll also receive an electronic letter verifying you have completed 10 contact hours of professional development.

Please note: Bradley University is licensed by the State of Illinois to confer continuing education hours for LPC, LCPC, LSW, LMFT, LCP, RN, LPN, APN, PT, and PTA professionals, and has applied for a license to confer hours for Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. Once the program has launched, the university will apply for a license to confer units from the National Board of Certified Counselors; this website will be updated accordingly. Please refer to your state code to verify if your state will accept continuing education hours licensed by the State of Illinois.

How You'll Learn

The Telebehavioral Health Certificate integrates engaging videos, readings, and assessments.

Technical Requirements

To complete this certificate, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, preferably using Google Chrome as your internet browser.

Who You’ll Learn From

Dr. Christie Nelson
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Bradley University

Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.A. Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Gardner-Webb University, and is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in the state of North Carolina.

She has a wide range of clinical experience providing counseling, supervision, and case management in the areas of mental health, addictions, and developmental disabilities in hospital, outpatient, residential, and community settings.

Katherine Sarsfield
Assistant Professor in Residence
Program Director Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Bradley University

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication/ journalism, she had several personal experiences which led her to return and complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She started working night shift on a cardiac step down unit, and grew increasingly interested in the relationship between mental health and physical illness. Soon thereafter, she earned a master’s degree in adult-geriatric primary care advanced practice nursing, as well as a post-master's certificate in psychiatric mental health advanced practice nursing. Ms. Sarsfield has worked in a combination of primary care, psychiatry services, and addiction recovery. Her current practice area focuses on alcohol use disorder treatment in the telehealth setting.

Success Managers: One-on-one support for technical and administrative challenges from Continuing Education staff during weekday hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST)