Renowned Gerontologist Dr. Ron Toseland Educates Professionals about Telephone-based Group Therapy

Top Quote The TeleMental Health Institute is excited to announce internationally recognized gerontologist, Ronald Toseland, will be featured in their monthly webinar series this month. Professor Toseland will share his research and expertise in telephone-based group treatment. This 1-hour webinar, titled "Telephone Group Therapy: Legal and Ethical Issues" is free to the public and will be broadcast Tuesda End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 23, 2012 - San Diego, California - As the demand for mental health services increases, mental health providers are challenged to identify innovative ways to reach individuals who face barriers to accessing treatment and support. Many mental health professionals are considering expanding the use of technology, such as telephones and televideo, to reach clients who may live in rural areas, lack transportation, or be home-bound due to medical conditions. However, few professionals have researched and developed telephone treatment protocols. Professor Ronald Toseland of the University at Albany's School of Social Work has worked extensively to develop telephone-based treatment groups. He is internationally recognized for his work in improving the quality of life of elderly individuals as the director of the school's Institute of Gerontology.

    Dr. Marlene Maheu, executive director of the TeleMental Health Institute, is pleased to interview professor Toseland as part of the institute's free, monthly webinar series. Recognized as the leading trainer in the expanding field of telehealth, Dr. Maheu encourages health professionals to adhere to evidenced-based standards of care, particularly in the provision of telehealth services. She frequently educates professionals about the legal and ethical issues related to using technology to provide healthcare services. Dr. Maheu is honored to bring evidence-based information to this webinar series, stating, "Dr. Toseland is highly respected in his field, and his research is a valuable contribution to telehealth." She adds, "Most of us professionals have never studied the evidence base for delivering care via telephone. We just made it up as we went along. It exists -- but has been buried in universities and scientific journals. With convenient webinar technology, we professionals now can learn about very specific telephone-based treatment protocols for maximizing benefit to consumers while we stay in the comfort of our homes or offices."

    The TeleMental Health Institute's webinar, Telephone Therapy: Legal & Ethical Issues in Evidenced-based Telephone Group Treatment, will bring training and treatment information to the average clinician who might be interested in the details of delivering professional mental health group therapy by telephone. Professor Toseland will discuss treatment protocols, legal and ethical issues, and technical issues related to telephone-based treatment. The webinar is free to the public and will be broadcast on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific. TMH Institute will also offer 1-CE credit and a recording of the event to professionals for a $27 dollar fee. For details, see:

    The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. is the leading online telemental health training institute, devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of telepsychiatry, telepsychology, online counseling, online therapy and coaching. Contact: Marlene M. Maheu, Ph.D., Executive Director, TeleMental Health Institute, Inc., webinars ( @ ) telementalhealth dot com

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