Extending the Reach of Clinical Services:  Tele-behavioral Health and Social Work

In this self-study module you will view a discussion of the impact of digital disruption on existing models of clinical practice, with two clinical professsors at the Columbia School of Social Work. Does technology hinder or facilitate client-practitioner interaction? Does it supplement therapeutic care or replace it? Is it secure? And can it actually enhance a therapist’s ability to help clients change their lives? These are just a few of the questions the experts address.


The Columbia University School of Social Work offers self-study courses for your professional development. The following course is worth 1.25 contact hours. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with the recording, workshop evaluation and post-session test links. We will email your continuing education certificate to you within 30 days of completing the post-session test.

SPEAKER: A 2007 graduate from the Columbia School of Social Work, Amelia Ortega, LCSW, is now a lecturer for its online campus, teaching courses on human behavior. She also works as a clinician providing trauma informed psychotherapy for Latinx individuals, families and couples. Amelia utilizes technology to facilitate both the instruction of online courses and also in her clinical practice. She is constantly exploring the potential for technology to lower barriers for accessing therapy and other mental health support systems. For more information, please see Professor Ortega’s CSSW bio. Also please visit her psychotherapy practice site.

DISCUSSANT: Elisabeth (Beth) Counselman-Carpenter, LCSW, PhD, is a full-time professor of clinical practice at Columbia School of Social Work, teaching courses on clinical interventions, evaluation, and the application of risk and resilience theories and research to at-risk populations. With the help of a grant from the Provost’s Office, Counselman-Carpenter developed a “flipped classroom” model for Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families, for which her students designed innovative technologies for their final projects. In addition to her role as educator, she has her own private practice (including telebehavioral), providing individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. For more information, please see Professor Counselman-Carpenter’s CSSW bio.