telehealth

Telehealth Resources For Psychotherapists

The pandemic has dramatically accelerated the adoption of telehealth in medicine and in psychotherapy. What are the best practices for telehealth in psychotherapy?

On Jan 15, 2021,  Dr. Reo Leslie, Ph.D., presented these resources for practicing teletherapy to a Town Hall meeting of the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists.

 

 

planning

CAP plans for 2021 include:

  • Quarterly Town Hall Meetings — if you have a topic you want addressed, please contact Chair of CAP’s Education Committee:  Dr. Betty Cannon, Ex. Director, Boulder Psychotherapy Institute via www.boulderpsych.com Watch your email.
  • Monthly Education/Network Events —  discounted for CAP Members. Watch your email for invitations to attend education programs with popular speakers followed by networking opportunities to promote your practice.
  • Legislative Monitoring — If you have questions about how new administrative rules or legislation impacts your practice,  contact CAP Legislative Committee Chair, Dr. Reo Leslie at leslieinstitute@cs.com
  • Compiling the credentials of the 4,000+ unlicensed psychotherapists.  If you have not received a survey, contact CAP Board Member Seth Geer, LPC seth@sethgeerpsychotherapy.com 
addiction counseling

If you offer addiction counseling services and rely on digital advertising for clients, recent changes in policies by the leading ad platforms may impact your business.

The opioid crisis and online scams for addiction counseling services drove the three leading online ad platforms to restrict ads related to addiction and recovery. Facebook, Bing (Microsoft), and Google Ads all banned ads for addiction/recovery and related services to protect the public. Unfortunately, this hurt fraudulent and legitimate counselors and clinics alike. To remedy the issue, certification is now required to advertise for addiction counseling by a third-party company called legitscript.com. The requirements are steep and certification is expensive. Certification will be challenging or prohibitive for many small providers.

To read more about the background, read the New York Times article. To read more about the ban, read the Google Ads policy.

What you will not read in these articles is that using the banned keywords in your ads, keywords, or landing pages can get your ads banned, even if you are not explicitly marketing addiction and recovery services – so beware!

To learn more about the ad ban for rehab and addiction services, read “What Rehab & Addiction Facilities Need to Know About Recent Google Policy Changes“.

I will update this post as the digital ad policies evolve, and they will.

  –  Leland Hoover, MBA

 

how to become an advocate

Mental health practices are as varied as the diverse population we serve. One size does not fit all. Research shows that the most important factor in therapeutic outcomes is the quality of the relationship. To ensure the continued availability of quality, diverse mental health practitioners in Colorado, therapists and their clients need to engage the legislature to build support for unlicensed psychotherapy in Colorado. Activism is not something that comes naturally to most therapists.

The pandemic and its economic disruption have caused a surge in panic attacks, anxiety, and a host of mental health issues. People need help. If our voices are not heard, our clients could lose the help they need when they need us most.

If you care about therapy and counseling but don’t know where to start, please read “ Ten Veteran Organizers on the Key to Effective Activism” by ten leading activists on how to engage the public and legislators for change. The techniques described here are not specific to mental health. These methods are about how to effect change outside a therapeutic setting that we can use to protect quality mental health practices in Colorado.

If you care about mental health, get involved!

 

How to maintain a PRactice as an Unlicensed Psychotherapists Under the New Regulations in Colorado

On July 14, 2020, the Governor of Colorado signed into law HB20-1206, a bill that impacts the right to practice by those previously titled Registered Psychotherapists who are now titled, Unlicensed Psychotherapists. 

  • Title Change: The title “Registered Psychotherapist” is changed to “Unlicensed Psychotherapist“. All Unlicensed Psychotherapists registered with DORA in Colorado need to update their Mandatory Disclosure Statement to indicate they are Unlicensed Psychotherapists.
  • Registration Closed: New registrations are prohibited in the DORA database for the title Unlicensed Psychotherapists (formerly Registered Psychotherapists.) Anyone who did not apply for or have current registration as an Unlicensed Psychotherapist in the DORA database as of July 14, 2020, cannot become one.
  • Lapsed Registrations: Unlike the past, there is no grace period for lapsed registrations, so plan ahead.
  • Grandfathering: Unlicensed Psychotherapists with current DORA registration can continue to practice psychotherapy provided your registration never lapses. 
  • Mandatory Disclosure Statement: The new Colorado statute requires Unlicensed Psychotherapists to replace the term “Registered Psychotherapist” with “Unlicensed Psychotherapist” in their Mandatory Disclosure Statement. Please update your forms ASAP. For information from DORA, the link to their website page for Unlicensed Psychotherapists here. [updated Aug 9, 2020]

CAP Membership Supports Your Right To Practice

CAP continues to represent the interests of Unlicensed Psychotherapists in Colorado. CAP’s mission, ‘protecting the right to practice’ is more important now than ever. We suffered a major setback in HB20-1206 and must continue to fight for the right for Unlicensed Psychotherapists to continue practicing. The lobbyists for the organizations that lobbied successfully to close the registration for Unlicensed Psychotherapists are not satisfied. They have voiced an intent to eliminate Unlicensed Psychotherapists entirely in the next legislative session. CAP membership supports our legislative effort to protect the right to practice in order to maintain public access to diverse mental health professionals.

CAP uses membership dues to pay a professional lobbyist to represent the interests of Unlicensed Psychotherapists. Our focus this coming session will be protecting the right to practice psychotherapy.

We believe in the public’s right to choose from a diversity of mental health treatment options. Please join CAP. Maintain your right to practice and help expand access to diverse mental health care during this pandemic not reduce and eliminate mental health services.

We will update this post as we learn more about the new law. Thanks for your continued support!

 

Announcing the new CAP YouTube Channel

In response to the pandemic, CAP is in the process of creating its own YouTube Channel to support our mission to educate the public and members about mental health issues in Colorado. Additionally, Professional Members can upload short video introductions for inclusion in their business profiles on the CAP website.

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Educational Videos

Members are welcome to submit their own videos for inclusion on the YouTube Channel. Videos must be directly relevant to the CAP mission, be educational in nature, and be of sufficient quality to reflect well on CAP, CAP’s members, and Unlicensed Psychotherapists in general. The member must own the rights to the video content and be willing to make the content freely available to view to the public.

To view an example of the type of educational video we are seeking, check out “Free without Excuses: Betty Cannon Talks about Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)” from Boulder Psychotherapy Institute on Vimeo.

The video is available for your viewing pleasure at https://vimeo.com/46856569

Video Introductions For Your Psychotherapy Business

Professional Members are encouraged to create a brief, quality video to introduce themselves and their practice to the public. These introduction videos can be linked to your business profile on the CAP directory. Videos are recommended to be 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length. While you don’t need to hire a professional videographer to create your video, the video quality should be sufficient to reflect well on your business.

Video Creation

CAP will be creating and recommending resources to help you create a simple, professional introduction video. If you need additional help creating your videos, CAP will be partnering with video production experts that can help. Stay tuned!

Next Steps

If you have one or more videos you wish to publish on the CAP YouTube Channel, please email the title, speaker, description, and a link to the video to webmaster@coloradopsychotherapists.org.

If you have questions about the suitability of a topic or have technical questions, email them to webmaster@coloradopsychotherapists.org.

 

COLORADO ASSOCIATION OF PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  CAP wants to help you use this downtime for training and education. Despite having to cancel CAP’s monthly lunch and breakfast events hosted for mental health professionals, CAP remains committed to offering education to help professionals maintain and enhance their competency. CAP is fortunate to have Advisory Board Members who are the founders of schools used by mental health professionals throughout Colorado and nationally. This email provides an introduction to two schools offering online classes and programs that you can use to enhance your practice.  
 
THE COLORADO SCHOOL FOR FAMILY THERAPY

12101 East Second Avenue, Suite 101, Aurora, CO 80011-8328
Phone: (720) 253-4831 * FAX: (720) 859-2970
E-mail: leslieinstitute@cs.com  * www.familyplaytherapy.net
 
CAC/LAC  Classes  ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM PROFESSIONAL 
 OBH has ordered all CAC classes be online at least until May! You can sign up now to finish your CAC or LAC while at home.
 
CSFT offers distance learning opportunities for school certificate programs in Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, CBT, Motivational Interviewing. Other classes such as Jurisprudence Exam Preparation Workshops are also online now.
 
Are you getting ready to take a national test for a license or certification? You’re in luck! CSFT offers various workshops to prepare you for the test and propel you into your future. CSFT instructors are experts in the material they present and are committed to your academic success. To review offering of classes go to www.familyplaytherapy.net  
 
Call or email Dr. Leslie to enroll at (720) 253-4831 or leslieinstitute@cs.com.
 

BOULDER PSYCHOTHERAPY INSTITUTE
1140 Lehigh St #6351, Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 303-494-0393
E-mail: boulderpsych@gmail.com        Website:    www.boulderpsych.com
 
Classes  ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM PROFESSIONAL
BPI is offering its small groups for therapists online over with via Zoom video conferencing. Group classes include:  Practice, Process, and Supervision/Consultation Groups. Small groups are limited to 4 for supervision and to 6 for practice and process. BPI is starting a couple of new groups and has openings in some existing groups. All group classes count toward Advanced Certification in Applied Existential Psychotherapy at the Institute and toward Continuing Competency Credits for most licensed groups. 
 
To get more information go to  www.boulderpsych.com. There you will find links to classes and workshops, buttons for joining and posting on the BPI NetList and Community Calendar as well as a button for joining the Therapist Directory. 
 
To register or learn more about classes contact BPI by phone at 303 494 0393 or by email at boulderpsych@gmail.com.
Betty Cannon, PhD, President and Founder 
Reed Lindberg, MA, LPC, Managing Director 
Robyn Chauvin, MA, LPC, Senior Trainer 
 
Watch your email. We will be sending you more updates on professional competency training as well as updates on legislative developments impacting the right to practice psychotherapy. 

The Colorado Legislature Closed Friday. Here Are The Bills That ...

CAP is working hard to maintain the right to practice as Registered Psychotherapists in Colorado. We want our clients to have consumer choice in the selection of their mental health professional.

Unfortunately, in this time of crisis and anxiety about our future, other mental health professionals are asking the Legislature to reduce the number of mental health professionals in Colorado by eliminating over 3800 Registered Psychotherapists from the Mental Health Professions Sunset legislation, House Bill HB20-1206. CAP has hired a lobbyist and CAP members are doing what they can to inform legislators of the professional mental health services offered by Registered Psychotherapists. We will be sending out additional information so please watch your email!

Steven Blakely, CCHt, Registered Psychotherapist

Urgent measures are required to address this crisis that affects virtually every member of society particularly our youth.  A headline in Nation on June 18, 2019, describes this crisis. “Suicide among teens and young adults reaches the highest level since 2000.”

Social Media addiction (SMA) is just as addictive as drugs and alcohol. The intrusive nature of Social Media into our lives and the psychological effect and dependency cannot be overstated.  It is mood-altering and offers immediate gratification while also offering the illusion of being closely connected when in fact it is isolating at an emotional level. As with any addictive relationship it takes more and more of the ‘drug’ to achieve the level needed to feel the euphoria until the cycle repeats requiring even more. I recently completed a day-long course titled “Overcome Social Media Addiction with Hypnosis” given by Don Mottin, CCH with Mottin and Johnson Institute of Hypnosis, who practices near Orlando, Florida and teaches workshops across the United States. As Don Mottin explained “According to the World Health Organization, in the year 2019, approximately 1.53 million people will die from suicide. The number related to social media is increasing every year.”  

As Don Mottin further explained, “Positive interactions on social media can trigger the same kind of chemical reaction (in the brain) that is caused by gambling and recreational drugs”. Recent research he cited during the workshop indicates that an average of 2.35 hours is spent accessing social media at work every day. According to Nielsen, “the average American spends more than 11 hours per day in front of a screen. … Even children from two to five years old are spending over 26 hours each week in front of a screen or a smartphone.”

There are other causes of suicide, including increased anxiety and stress related to the Climate Disruption caused by global warming and the daily reports of the political chaos at the highest levels of our government. Other causes of death besides suicide include the “Hundreds of people die each year by taking selfies in a dangerous place, even more are injured”.  Many people are injured or killed because of texting while driving or just walking across the street. 

Stress and anxiety are also the result of arguments within families and between couples over what is seen on social media and are occurring with increased frequency. This can tear apart relationships and friendships based on information purported to be true but often not verifiable.  All of this is creating more stress and alienation. I believe the material Don presented and his approach and techniques for solutions to the problem of SMA is something all of us can benefit from even if not certified as a hypnotherapist

One of the elements of countering SMA that can be most helpful is using the material in the context of determining what needs are being met by SMA that can be met in more healthy, productive ways particularly by using suggestions for change in behaviors and setting appropriate boundaries around time spent with social media.  Encouraging social interaction in groups and one-on-one activities, for instance, is a powerful counter to the subtle isolation that occurs with SMA. 

This is not just for hypnotherapists.  When you are in session with a client both of you are automatically engaged in a mutual light trance of highly focused attention with a strong intention and desire to accomplish a particular goal.  The techniques and the way you speak in that trance can be enhanced by studying this material and using it regardless of your modality, education, and training. You might like it so much that you could even consider adding hypnosis to your toolbox of therapeutic interventions and as a powerful enhancement to your current client sessions. 

I believe that because this issue of Social Media Addiction is so endemic and deleterious to our communities and families and individuals that it is incumbent on us as mental health professionals to reach out to our communities to inform them of our availability to help them cope with this insidious and widespread problem.

Thus, it is most important for us to inform ourselves of the extent and depth of the problem by reaching out to local church leaders, social system professionals, and the legal and law enforcement professionals to determine their understanding and knowledge of local issues arising out of SMA. Further, I would like to think we could arrange to have meetings like a ‘mental health town hall’ to inform them that we are working toward providing help and solutions.  I would like to think that the local social assistance agencies would also welcome an opportunity to participate.

Toward that end I am going to see if Don Mottin would be willing to come to Colorado to some of these meetings to discuss the breadth of the problem of SMA and to describe how hypnosis and therapy can help the victims of SMA to be able to meet their needs and at the same time decrease the hold SMA has over their lives. 

I welcome questions and comments about this article. In addition to being a Registered Psychotherapist with DORA,  I am a member of the National Guild of Hypnotherapists.  I am available through the CAP website to discuss this article and answer questions. 

You can reach Steven Blakely at:

Email: steven@transformations.net 
Phone: 303 913-8370