Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 42, Issue 6, pp 825–833 | Cite as

A Framework of Interprofessional Telebehavioral Health Competencies: Implementation and Challenges Moving Forward

  • Marlene M. MaheuEmail author
  • Kenneth P. Drude
  • Katherine M. Hertlein
  • Donald M. Hilty
Special Article


Interprofessional telebehavioral health (TBH) competencies have been developed to standardize training and improve the quality of TBH care. The seven identified interprofessional TBH competency domains and three levels of expertise (novice, proficient, and authority) are briefly described. More in depth descriptions and examples of several of the competency domains are presented to illustrate what the competencies look like in practice. Some of the challenges faced in using such a competency framework are discussed.


Telebehavioral health Competencies Interprofessional education and training 



The authors would like to thank American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Association of Department of Psychiatry Residency Training, American Counseling Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Telemedicine Association, Canadian Psychological Association, The Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science, National Association of Social Workers, and The Journal for Technology in Behavioral Science, Springer Nature Publishing

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Ethical Considerations

IRB approval was not necessary due to this article being a review of the literature.


On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there are no financial or personal conflicts of interest. Two authors work as part of a non-profit institute, but that has no financial impact on this scientific work. One of the authors works for a for-profit institute, but that has no financial impact on this scientific work. The authors participate in national organizations, but do not have leadership positions, nor would that participation impact competencies, as far as can be ascertained. The authors alone are responsible for the content and writing of the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlene M. Maheu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kenneth P. Drude
    • 2
  • Katherine M. Hertlein
    • 3
  • Donald M. Hilty
    • 4
  1. 1.Telebehavioral Health Institute, Inc.CheyenneUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeDaytonUSA
  3. 3.University of NevadaLas VegasUSA
  4. 4.VA, Northern California Health Care SystemSacramentoUSA

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