NFAR ATTC TelePractice Improvement Series

Telebehavioral health and recovery support can assist with the expansion of services and improve client outcomes. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (2013), “Telebehavioral health may be one of the more successful applications of telehealth across the spectrum of clinical services, as outcomes and patient acceptance for telebehavioral health are comparable to face-to-face visits.” It is essential to ensure professionals providing services using videoconferencing mediums obtain comprehensive and specific training and supervision in order to offer best quality of care.

The National Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NFAR ATTC) has developed two eight-week, 20-hour, web-based TelePractice Improvement (TPI) Series that provide interactive training and consultation to professionals delivering behavioral health services in an online environment. The TPIs are structured to provide online interactive training, skill-based learning and practice, group and self-study activities, reading assignments, and discussion in topics essential to utilizing technology to provide clinical services and/or supervision.

Each TPI Series requires the following participant commitment and expectations:

  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., web-camera)
  • Commit to 8-weeks of training within a 9-week period
  • Availability to meet 1.5 hours weekly on scheduled series days and time
  • Completion of ONE hour of weekly home work
  • Be prepared and actively participate during scheduled series time
  • No credit will be awarded for non-attendance – makeup work not accepted
  • Complete the one hour technology knowledge & skills pre-requisite session prior to the first day of scheduled training

NFAR will be conducting a second round of the TPI Series on Technology-Based Clinical Supervision (TBCS) and Skill-based Videoconferencing (SbVC) in June. For more information and how to register please see below.


TPI Series: Skill-based Videoconferencing (SbVC)


  • Every Friday between June 23, 2017 – August 18, 2017 (except Friday, July 28th during NFAR’s Summit)
  • 9:00am – 10:30am PT, 10:00am – 11:30am MT, 11:00am-12:30pm CT, 12:00-1:30pm ET


  • Understand the role of Telebehavioral Health in the continuum of clinical services
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Telebehavioral Health and application in practice
  • Identify, locate, and experience online support groups
  • Identify the professional code of conduct for specific professional association
  • Understand the legal and jurisdictional implications for individual practice
  • Experience online clinical supervision 

Target Audience

  • Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Recovery Service providers
  • Baseline knowledge of web-based videoconferencing for use in clinical practice
  • Support the idea of using technology to provide clinical services
  • Currently using videoconferencing and/or those who are going to incorporate videoconferencing into current treatment and recovery services


Dianne Clarke, Ph.D., CAP, COO and Executive Director of Operation PAR

Sandnes Boulanger, MSW, LCSW, CAP, CET, Clinical Director at Operation PAR Largo Campus


The first 20 registrants will receive a scholarship that covers the entire $250 cost of participation in the series.


TPI Series: Technology-Based Clinical Supervision (TBCS):


  • Every Wednesday between June 21, 2017 – August 16, 2017 (except Wednesday, July 26th during NFAR’s Summit)
  • 11:00am – 12:30pm PT, 12:00pm – 1:30pm MT, 1:00pm – 2:30pm CT, 2:00 – 3:30 ET

Course Objectives

  • Understand the role of technology in conducting clinical supervision
  • Demonstrate knowledge of technology-based clinical supervision and application in practice
  • Experience conducting technology-based clinical supervision
  • Identify the therapeutic alliance via technology
  • Understand the legal and jurisdictional implications for conducting technology-based clinical supervision

Target Audience are Clinical Supervisors who:

  • Work in the Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Recovery Support Services Field
  • Have two (2) years clinical supervision experience and understand the concepts of supervision
  • Support the idea of using technology to provide clinical supervision
  • Are currently using or contemplating using technology during supervision


Scott Breedlove, MRSS-P, MARS

Gary Wareham, MA, LPC, LAC


The first 20 registrants will receive a scholarship that covers the entire $250 cost of participation in the series. 


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

TPI: TBCS & SbVC have been approved for a total of 20 contact hours through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). In addition, TPI:SbVC also meets the requirements of the Florida Certification Board to be deemed a Certified E-Therapist. The requirements include the following: 1) Professional Ethics in E-Therapy – 5 hours (3 online, 2 self-study); 2) Clinical Principles – 5 Hours (3 online, 2 self-study); 3) Legal and Jurisdictional Implications – 2.5 Hours (1.5 online, 1 self-study); and 4) Electives directly related to the provision of Telebehavioral Health.