Telemental Health Counseling


The four course, 12-credit online program, a collaboration with Purdue’s College of Education and College of Health and Human Sciences, is available to both licensed and unlicensed mental health professionals as well as graduate students who wish to add a credential to their degrees. The program can satisfy professional development requirements, enhance careers and boost private mental health practices. The courses cover foundational clinical skills and such topics as technological aspects of telemental health, including data security, confidentiality and risk management; application of theory; standards of care; ethical and legal issues; as well as documentation, informed consent, interjurisdictional practice, and testing and assessment.

The online program is notable for its emphasis on best practices for using telemental health to provide mental health services to underserved populations.

Students should come away with knowledge and skills needed to practice telemental health effectively and ethically. The specially designed curriculum is based on the latest research and it includes skills-applying activities. The online courses are self-paced and don’t have to be taken in a particular order, making the program flexible for working professionals and others who might be interested. The faculty are experienced in both psychology and counseling and in clinical practice.

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Career Outlook

Mental health services are a growing field and telemental health is a growing aspect of that field. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 44 million Americans, one in five people, are in need of mental health services each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 20 percent job growth in the field.

In addition to fulfilling continuing education requirements, Purdue’s Graduate Certificate in Telemental Health Counseling can enhance the skills and careers of professionals and graduate students who are working as or training to be (but not limited to):

  • Social workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • School counselors
  • Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists (engaging in research and/or practice)
  • Other mental health therapy providers
  • Probation officers
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners

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