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Training and Consulting

Training Mission

Texas A&M Telebehavioral Care provides students from a variety of disciplines opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to a clinic setting to positively impact the communities we serve.

Questions regarding the application process or the training program may be directed to the Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Carly McCord, at 979.436.0700. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you success in the application process.

“There is a huge gap between how technology has expanded and where the workforce is prepared to go. We must equip the next generation of health professionals with the tools and knowledge required for telehealth.” —Dr. Carly McCord, Director of Telebehavioral Care.

Continuing Education

The Telebehavioral Counseling Clinic offers continuing education courses on the subject of telehealth. These courses cover Telehealth 101, Multicultural Aspects of Rural Health,  Laws and Ethics of Telehealth, Managing Crises and Emergencies in Telehealth, and Treatment Considerations. The Telebehavioral Counseling Clinic can also offer custom video-based training tailored specifically for your organization’s needs.

Telehealth 101. This course discusses what telehealth services have to offer and concerns that some clinicians may have while implementing telehealth in their practice. Other topics covered include the history of telehealth, terminology, modalities, and telehealth pros and cons. (2 credits)

Multicultural Aspects of Rural Health. Following Telehealth 101, this course helps clinicians identify barriers to healthcare in rural populations and explores ways to approach rural health compared to health care in an urban area. (2 credits)

Laws and Ethics of Telehealth. This course reviews ethical concerns in telehealth, APA’s Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology, and the implications of PSYPACT for the field of telemental health. (2 credits)

Managing Crises and Emergencies in Telehealth. Topics covered include risk trends, risk assessment, developing written plans for crises and emergencies, and effective safety planning. (2 credits)

Treatment Considerations. Special treatment considerations related to telehealth practice are explored, as well as how to overcome unique challenges. (2 credits)

Counseling Practicum

The Telebehavioral Counseling Practicum program provides clinical experience in cutting edge service delivery modalities. This training program is designed to prepare psychology doctoral and masters students for future roles in chronic and rural mental health care service delivery through training seminars, supervision, and clinical experiences.

Students are expected to work collaboratively with community partners and seek out creative ways to positively impact the communities in which they provide counseling services. Applicants should have completed at least one semester of supervised experience at a different practicum site before coming to the TBC.

“We are possibly the only counseling psychology program in the country that provides this kind of psychology service in such a way that our doctoral students get needed clinical hours. Students are better prepared for internship placements and research opportunities. Through the program, they are working with people in the community to better understand health disparities and policy-related issues that concern health and well-being in rural areas.” —Dr. Timothy Elliott, Executive Director

Estimated Weekly Activity (13-15 hours/week)

  • 8 hours direct client contact (can be adjusted to meet training needs)
  • 1 hour individual supervision
  • 2 hours group supervision/didactic training
  • 2 hours supervision preparation
  • 2 hours case management

How to Apply

To apply to the Telebehavioral Counseling Practicum program, please send a current vitae and an application form to Dr. Carly McCord. Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be invited to interview with the Clinical Director. Interviews usually last approximately 1 hour. There are a limited number of openings for each semester. Applications will be reviewed until openings are filled.

The TBC accepts applications from individual students but is also equipped to accommodate formal practicum placement agreements with your university. If you would like for your university to have a placement at our training site, please have your training director contact Dr. McCord.

Public Health Practicum

The Telebehavioral Counseling Clinic offers two practicum opportunities for students in the Master of Public Health program at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. These practicums offer real-world public health experience and a greater understanding of the issues, needs, and tasks involved in clinic outreach and research.

Students will work with the clinic director, staff, and counseling practicum students to accomplish outreach or research tasks. In addition, the public health practicum students will collaborate with each other to generate marketing and promotion materials. Additional responsibilities and opportunities are dependent on clinic needs.

Two practicum opportunities are offered for students interested in gaining experience with outreach or research activities.

Public Health Practicum: Outreach (15-20 hours/week)

  • Generate and help implement network referral plans
  • Ensure the TBC website is up to date
  • Create resource lists for each county
  • Connect with interdisciplinary partners to increase support and improve public relations of the TBC
  • Collaborate with the research practicum student to generate marketing and promotional materials
  • Additional responsibilities and opportunities are dependent on clinic needs

Public Health Practicum: Research (15-20 hours/week)

    • Work collaboratively with TBC staff and counselors
    • Generate monthly reports for community stakeholders
  • Manage the clinic’s SPSS database
  • Assist with designing studies and grant proposals, develop surveys, and perform program outcome evaluation
  • Collaborate with outreach practicum student to generate marketing and promotional materials
  • Additional opportunities are dependent on clinic needs

How to Apply

To apply to a Public Health Practicum, please send a current vitae and a letter of interest to Dr. Carly McCord. Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be invited to interview with the Clinical Director at the TBC.

The TBC offers practicum opportunities for Psychology and Public Health graduate students. In addition to formal practicums, there are opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to gain experience and contribute to the clinic. A few examples of disciplines that can contribute to education outreach, research, and data management include community health, psychology, engineering, nutrition, and business.