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Online Mental Health Counseling for Clinicians (21SP-MentHlth-2) is a Course

Online Mental Health Counseling for Clinicians (21SP-MentHlth-2)

May 17 - May 31, 2021
1 credit


Full course description


In this course, clinicians will gain knowledge about distance mental health services including discussion of known challenges/solutions and exploration of anticipated scope of practice at home institution in the COVID19 era. Participants will also work on developing a distance mental health crisis plan and learn to use the various e-learning and communication tools.


By the end of this course, clinicians will be able to:

  • Summarize the importance of CCC distance mental health services
  • Explain ethical and legal guidelines of distance mental health services
  • Describe best practices for distance mental health services
  • Identify challenges and potential solutions specific to CCC distance mental health services
  • Develop distance mental health crisis plan at home institution
  • Define and describe hybrid scope of practice at home institution


It is important to note the purpose of this module is to provide general information. It is not intended as formal training, permission to practice as a mental health counselor or for certification or licensure in the mental health field but rather to address the basic areas of consideration associated with the provision of distance mental health services. Any included discussion or activities do not indicate specific solutions. Many practice requirements are specific to unique situations and individual providers, resulting in local standards and procedures. Counselors are advised to review and follow existing practice guidelines from their institutions and professional organizations.

Duration: 2 weeks

Time Commitment: approximately 10 hours per week, for a total of 20 hours. Your time commitment will vary based upon your own level of experience with web technologies and mental health counseling.

Weekly Live Session: Choose one time per week on Thursdays (May 20 & May 27 ): 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. OR 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Zoom.  Zoom Room Links will be provided in the Canvas course.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate. 

The course material is designed for experienced Mental Health Clinicians, however the technology used in this course is designed for novice online counselors who should have the following:

  •      Basic computer skills (word processing, email, file management)
  •      Basic internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading/downloading files)
  •      Familiarity with discussion boards
  •      An open mind and willingness to try new things

If you require any special accommodations for this class, please contact your facilitator for the week as soon as possible to ensure a quality learning experience.

Optional Continuing Education Credit

Participants in this course can seek optional professional development/continuing education credits 1CEU by dual-enrolling in HBM 8025 at   (Links to an external site.)Fresno Pacific University (Links to an external site.A separate fee due to FPU will apply.   

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