About Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc.

History of TBHI

The Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc. (TBHI) was formed in 2009 as the “TeleMental Health Institute, Inc.” by Dr. Maheu with contributing volunteer support by Drs. Myron Pulier and Joseph McMenamin, who is also an attorney. In 2010, TBHI opened its online learning facility to professional colleagues seeking continuing education training in telebehavioral health. Today the online facility has served more than 6700 behavioral health and service professionals from over 65 countries with competency-based professional training certificates and and continuing education hours (CE Hours). The Institute also offers staffing and consultation.

Our Story

TBHI was founded by Drs. Maheu, Pulier and McMenamin in 2009 after over a decade of collaborative work in behavioral telehealth as a writing team dedicated to documenting the telebehavioral and telebehavioral health evidence base in textbook form. Their shared passion was to identify what works in behavioral telehealth and spread the word to their colleagues. Dr. Maheu built the Institute, which is housed on the telehealth.org domain name, in 1997. She has also led two writing teams to publish telehealth-related textbooks for which she had successfully negotiated the copyright. Dr. Maheu, Pulier and McMenamin then set about to condense the printed materials of those previously written textbooks into coursework that could be accessed 24/7 through the www.telehealth.org eLearning platform.

Our Mission Statement

To foster the legal and ethical use of behavioral services through competency-based clinical practices related to the legal and ethical use of technology.

Beneficiaries and Our Services

TBHI is devoted exclusively to addressing the emerging opportunities and challenges of telebehavioral health, telemental health, digital health, telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy and coaching. TBHI offers convenient access to education and training courses for continuing education and continuing medical education credit.

Marlene M. Maheu, PhD

Marlene M. Maheu, PhD has been a leader in telebehavioral health since 1994. The Executive Director of the Telebehavioral Health Institute, she oversees the development and delivery of highly specialized continuing education in telebehavioral health (CE units approved by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors and CME approved by the American Medical Association). She has consults with large health and mental health insurance companies, community clinics, physician groups, universities, technology companies and independent practitioners. She has been the author of five textbooks in telebehavioral health, is currently contracted to write two more, and speaks internationally on the topics of legal and ethical issues in telepractice using various technologies.

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Core Telebehavioral Health Institute Faculty

* Maheu, M. M., Pulier, M. L., Wilhelm, F. H., McMenamin, J., & Brown-Connolly, N. (2004). The mental health professional and the new technologies: A handbook for practice today. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. Available in our Amazon bookstore: under “Online Counseling Books” or from the publisher.

Graduate Program Faculty
  • Kenneth Drude, Ph.D. has a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Illinois. He provides outpatient psychological services in a general private practice near Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Drude has clinical and administrative experience in providing mental health services in small and large mental health centers, a nursing home facility, children and adult hospitals and the education and training of psychology graduate students.
  • Shawna Wright, Ph.D., LP is a licensed psychologist in Kansas and Nebraska. Her clinical training focused on child and family treatment, and she has a background in community mental health. She currently works in private practice as a telepsychologist.
Guest Faculty & Presenters
  • Joe Bavonese, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, and Director of the Relationship Institute with three offices in southeastern Michigan. Joe is also the Co-Director of Uncommon Practices, which helps private practitioners create their ideal practice through consultation, webinars and live workshops.
  • Pamela Forducey, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist at Integris Health, Oklahoma.
  • Mary Bradshaw, Ed.D. is a seasoned Mental Health Therapist, demonstrating expertise and broad ranging experience in planning and providing holistic individual and family therapy services with specialization in Trauma, PTSD, Crisis Intervention, Addictions, Depression, Duel Diagnosis, Suicide Survivor Grief and Loss, Military Life/ Military Family Reintegration, and Special Needs Children and Adults. Dr. Bradshaw is a co-author on the TMHI Telesupervision Theory & Practice course, available here.
  • Terry Burton State Senator, Mississippi
  • Jonathan Evans, M.A.CEO, Innovatel
  • Mario Gutierrez, M.P.H.Director, Center For Connected Health Policy
  • Keely Kolmes, Psy.D. is a San Francisco-based Psychologist. She is on the CPA Ethics Committee and is most known for her internationally cited Social Media Policy, her post-treatment client satisfaction survey (Getting Better), and for her nationwide CE courses on Digital and Social Media ethics.
  • Timothy Lacy, MD served as the Air Force Chief of Telemedicine, Imaging, and Cybermedicine for the USAF Surgeon General from 2005-2010.
  • Jonathan Linkous, M.B.A. CEO, American Telemedicine Association
  • David Luxton, PhD , Psychologist, Technologist, Consultant, Author, Research Health Scientist at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA
  • Robert McGrath, Ph.D.Professor of Psychology, Farleigh Dickinson University
  • Mindy Mueller, Psy.D. received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School, her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Boston College, and her Master’s in Child and Family Development at Syracuse University.
  • Christa M. Natoli is the Director for the Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law. She will address multi-disciplinary licensing issues.
  • Eve-Lynn Nelson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who served as co-chair for the writing of the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth Guidelines.
  • Les Posen is an Australian Psychologist, anxiety management specialist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.
  • Dawn Sampson, LCSW received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from California State University, Long Beach, her Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, and she is licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in California (lic. # LCS23139).
  • Jill Mestel Squyres, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California in 1987. She is a licensed psychologist in Texas and Colorado and has been in private practice since 2002.
  • René Y. Quashie, JD is a legal and regulatory attorney for the Center for Telehealth & e-Health Law. He will discuss reimbursement issues.
  • Carolyn Turvey, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her specialty areas are mood disorders and neuropsychology.
  • Michael Young, JD is an Internet attorney who helps professionals grow lawsuit-free companies online.

What Others Are Saying

“The program has afforded me flexibility with my practice, giving me confidence in technology while providing me with opportunities to restructure my private practice."

-Robin Dilley, PhD

“Not only have I learned about the elements of telemental health, your presentation of the subject is also reinforcing principles of quality and ethical service delivery regardless of delivery modality. Your humor is so engaging it is actually enjoyable to listen to the material.”

-Kathleen Judy, MS, LPCC

“So convenient to find everything I need in one place.”

-Bonnie Johnson, LCP

“I’m very impressed with the speakers that you brought together ....”

-Margaretha Hoek, MA

“I am learning so much from this experience with TBHI.”

-Sandra Eberhardt, Ph.D

“Thank you TBH Institute for your current and necessary information for practitioners in today’s global behavioral healthcare fields…”

-Ellen Skogsberg

“Your mobile-compatible training website is very nice and user friendly!”

-Dianna Bruno, Ph.D.

“Again, my appreciation for what I have learned, and for the tremendous standard of excellence, knowledge and insight which you bring to our field.”

-Ellen Swallow, Ph.D

“Again, my appreciation for what I have learned, and for the tremendous standard of excellence, knowledge and insight which you bring to our field.”

-Ellen Swallow, Ph.D

“Dr. Maheu is psychology’s Telehealth visionary, leading our colleagues through professional training in ethics and innovative technologies since the mid-90’s.”

-Pat DeLeon, Ph.D., MPH, JD, Former President, American Psychological Association

“Dr. Maheu is a leading national expert on the application of psychology in Telehealth, online services and use of new technologies to support and expand your practice.”

-James Bray, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine

“Marlene has worked at the forefront if Telehealth for many years and has substantial expertise in the area. I strongly recommend her as a speaker and consultant in this arena.”

-Gerald Koocher, Ph.D., Past President, American Psychological Association, Associate Provost at Simmons College

“For nearly 20 years Marlene has been the leader in thought, training and advocacy regarding the impact of technology on mental health professions.”

-Donna Ford MA, Former President, American Counseling Association

"Marlene is an intelligent, thoughtful, and diligent clinical psychologist. I've known her for years and her work in ethics and telehealth have been of the highest caliber."

-Reid Hester, Ph.D.Partner, Behavior Therapy Associates, LLP

"Thank you for spearheading a wonderful presentation on grants for us at the ATA Telerehab SIG."

-Tammy Richmond MS, OTR/L, FAOTA ATA Telerehab SIG Chair

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