Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioral Health Services

By Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Target Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Delivery Method: Online, Self-Paced
Credits: 7 CE Credit Hours


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Jennifer Kolb, LCSW; Social Work Consultant, reviewed and determined the course meets requirements for continuing education in the field of social work. This course is appropriate for masters and clinical level social workers. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She specializes in school-based psychotherapy with children and adolescents, as well as licensing exam coaching and preparation. 

Content By: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioral Health Services. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 60. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4924. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.

Course Description:

This publication provides an overview of current technology-based assessments and interventions (including treatment, recovery support, relapse prevention, and prevention-focused interventions) targeting behavioral health, and it summarizes the evidence base supporting the effectiveness of such interventions. It also examines opportunities for technology-assisted care in the behavioral health arena—particularly in improving early access to care, client engagement in and commitment to treatment and recovery, client education, specific treatment interventions, relapse prevention and recovery management, extended recovery, community engagement, mental health promotion, and substance use disorder prevention, among other areas. This publication addresses how behavioral health service providers can use Web sites, telephone and televideo resources, smartphones, and other portable devices and electronic media for education, outreach, and direct client services. 


 Learning Objectives:
  1. Evaluate the potential utility of technology-based therapeutic tools for behavioral health services
  2. Delineate specific technologies and their potential applications in behavioral health services
  3. Summarize emerging technologies and future opportunities in behavioral health services
  4. Evaluate the integration of technology in existing behavioral health services
  5. Delineate legal and ethical issues to consider for technology-assisted care
  6. Evaluate the use of technology-based therapeutic tools on electronic health records

Course Outline:

1.       Overview of Behavioral Health Technologies

a.       Integrating technology into existing services

b.       Legal and ethical issues to consider

2.       Vignette Presentations

3.       Considerations for Implementation for behavioral Health program Administrators

4.       Tools for Clinicians


Course Format:

Course materials can be downloaded or read online. To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete a multiple-choice post-test with a score of 75% or better and complete a course evaluation. 


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