Distance Counseling Credential and Additional Training
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.
However, the Distance Counseling Credential (DCC) 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 DCC 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.
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.
TeleMental Health Institute
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.
Telehealth Certification Institute
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.
The Online Therapy Institute
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
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 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