The Effectiveness and Utility of Telebehavioral (Telehealth) Services (webinar)
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The goal of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network/Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) webinar series is to help scholars and clinicians in the addiction field stay abreast of cutting-edge science.
The uptake in the use of telebehavioral services since the start of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been swift and is significantly transforming how behavioral health services are delivered. This is encouraging, as the research base for assessing and treating mental health conditions virtually is extensive and over 60 years old. However, for substance use disorders (SUDs), the research is less extensive and more recent. Mental health and SUD treatment services provided virtually are effective and serve as viable alternatives to in-person service delivery. Patients confirm high levels of satisfaction with telebehavioral health, while practitioners report more reluctance. Nonetheless, training has been shown to build practitioners’ skills, confidence, and competency.
Using technology to facilitate clinical or recovery support sessions requires clinicians and peer support specialists to simulate real-time experiences (Hilty, 2002) that promote a therapeutic alliance (treatment) or connection (peer support). However, virtual service delivery requires some careful modification of the clinicians’ or peer support specialists’ skills to ensure engagement occurs and positive working relationships are developed.
This webinar, presented by Nancy A. Roget, MS, MFT, LADC and Maryellen Evers, LCSW, CAADAC, CMFSW, will include a brief review of: telebehavioral health research and its efficacy, strategies that promote skill development, how to create a virtual presence, resources related to guidelines and tips, and comments regarding hybrid service delivery.
- Explain at least 2 of the findings from systematic reviews regarding the efficacy of telebehavioral health.
- Identify 2 advantages reported by patients.
- Specify how to access at least 2 telebehavioral health guidelines and resources.
- Determine 4 factors that contribute to the development of a “virtual presence.”
- Evaluate the proposed hybrid delivery of at least 2 SUD treatment and recovery support services.
Sponsored by the Northwest & Pacific Southwest ATTCs and the Western States Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.
1.5 CME and CE credit available. For details on accreditation, view our flyer.
About the Presenters:
Nancy Roget, MS, MFT, LADC, is the Executive Director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT). She has 43 years of experience providing SUD treatment services, creating innovative educational initiatives and curricula. Ms. Roget has worked at UNR/CASAT since 1993 as a Principal Investigator/Project Director for numerous federal and state grants/contracts including the regional Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC). In 2012 she established the National Frontier and Rural ATTC. Currently, Ms. Roget is the Co-Director of the Mountain Plains ATTC in partnership with the University of North Dakota. Finally, since 2012 Ms. Roget has focused on developing training, and products that promote the use of digital health technologies for SUD treatment providers and peer support specialists.
Maryellen Evers, LCSW, CAADAC, CMFSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been providing therapy for over 25 years. In addition to being a treatment provider, Maryellen is a trainer and educator in the use of telehealth treatment. She is considered a “subject matter expert” in telehealth from the state of Florida and has worked with the Florida Certification Board, the Addiction Treatment Technology Center, and the Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S.W. in Social Work from Marywood University, Scranton, PA.