Telemental health training in the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System

Kelly A. Caver, Erika M. Shearer, Derek J. Burks, Kristen Perry, Nicola F. De Paul, Meghan M. McGinn, Bradford L. Felker

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As a pioneer of training in the field of psychology, the Veterans Affairs (VA) HealthCare System serves as a leader in the training in and provision of Telemental Health (TMH) services in the United States. To meet goals toward continued expansion of these services, the VA TMH training program includes both web-based didactic courses and a skills competency test at a basic level with supervision and consultation in TMH for more advanced training and is available to staff psychologists and psychologist trainees. Despite these efforts, barriers for training in and implementation of TMH occur at the provider, system, and patient level. At the national level, the VA is actively working to resolve these barriers and we share site-specific examples implemented by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System promoting access through TMH team to further address barriers to training and implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1108-1124
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • instruction
  • mental health
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine
  • telemental health
  • telepsychology
  • training
  • veteran
  • video conferencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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