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

January 30, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What’s a social worker doing…offering tele-behavioral therapy/counseling to their clients?

Join us for a lively discussion of the impact, both actual and potential, of digital disruption on existing models of clinical practice, with two members of the clinical community 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 our experts will address.


1 CEU available for licensed social workers (nominal fee)*

About the speakers

A 2007 graduate from the Columbia School of Social Work, Amelia Ortega 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.

Elisabeth (Beth) Counselman-Carpenter, LCSW, PhD, is a full-time professor of clinical practice at Columbia School of Social Work, teaching courses on (among other topics) clinical interventions, evaluation, and the application of risk and resilience theories and research to at-risk populations. This past semester, 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, providing individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. For more information, please see Professor Counselman-Carpenter’s CSSW bio.

* Online Event Learning Objectives for Continuing Education (1 CEU):

  1. Define tele-behavioral health.
  2. Compare different strategies for delivering tele-behavioral health.
  3. Identify factors to consider when implementing tele-behavioral health in clinical practice.


NOTE: This event will take place at:

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST

How it works:

We will be using Adobe Connect to host the Webinar. You will log in as a guest.


All registrants will receive a reminder containing this link on the day of the event.

Note: You can log in on your mobile device by using the free Adobe Connect app, available for Android and iPhone.

To participate, you need:

  • A computer/mobile device & speakers/headphones.
  • An Internet connection: Ethernet is more reliable than wifi; any Internet browser should work except for Google Chrome.


Event sponsor

This Online Event is brought to you by the Columbia School of Social Work’s Online Campus.The FINAL deadline for Fall 2017 entry to our full-time MSW programs (online and on-campus) is February 1, 2017; for Fall 2017 entry to our part-time programs (online and on-campus), April 1, 2017. Register for more information.


If you have any questions about the event, please contact We look forward to your participation on Monday January 30 @1:00 p.m. EST!

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations: If you require accommodations, please email

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Cancellation and Refund Policies

Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.