New Webinar Guides Clinical Professionals Through the Decision to Pursue Telepractice/Telehealth

PresenceLearning’s webinar shows the path to becoming an independent telepractitioner for SLPs, OTs and behavioral/mental health professionals

May 6, 2015, San Francisco, CA – Many clinical professionals serving children with special needs in schools find themselves overloaded, burned out or just ready for a lifestyle change that allows them more flexibility and freedom. Practicing their profession online—known as telepractice or telehealth—offers the compelling possibility of attaining a unique work/life balance. But how can a professional practitioner learn what they need to know before deciding to go this route? To introduce practitioners to the world of telepractice/telehealth, PresenceLearning presents “Live the Possible Dream: Become an Independent Telepractitioner” on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern Time). This 90-minute webinar will be presented by a team of professionals who have helped hundreds of independent clinicians deliver over half a million live online telepractice/telehealth sessions to schools and families: PresenceLearning’s Vice President of Clinical Services Melissa Jakubowitz MA CCC-SLP, Senior Clinical Consultant Marcus Rose MSP CCC-SLP, and Director of Telepractitioner Recruiting Lisa Stacy. Moderated by Dr. Shari Robertson CCC-SLP, an early advocate of telepractice, this lively session will unfold the roadmap to becoming an independent telepractitioner.

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Accessing the services of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and other related services personnel online has become a widely accepted option for educational organizations serving students with special needs. Service delivery via telepractice/telehealth is recognized as effective by leading organizations including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Mayo Clinic, and the American Telemedicine Association. More than 40 published, peer-reviewed studies confirm that telepractice/telehealth produces outcomes that are as good as or better than standard face-to-face therapy.

After this webinar, participants will be able to:
●    Explain how telepractice works, including the research, technology and practical considerations of delivering services online.
●    Describe the day-to-day life of a telepractitioner and identify the characteristics that make an individual a good fit for telepractice.
●    Summarize the various options and responsibilities for becoming an independent telepractitioner including the basic business models and requirements to get started.

All attendees of the live webinar will receive a Certificate of Attendance and members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) with a valid ASHA ID will be eligible to receive 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEU). There is no charge for participating in this webinar or for receiving CEUs.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning ( is the leading provider of online speech and occupational therapy, behavioral and mental health services and assessments for K-12 districts and families of children with special needs. PresenceLearning’s nationwide network of online professionals and telehealth providers includes hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs), special education teachers, and behavioral and mental health professionals. Treatment sessions are delivered “anytime anywhere” via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practices combined with powerful progress reporting.

By partnering with PresenceLearning, education agencies can fill service gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of special education and related services personnel, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and improve efficiency. Since 2009, PresenceLearning has delivered more than half a million live online therapy sessions to students in public, charter and virtual schools across the U.S. and globally, proving that online delivery of special education and related services is practical, convenient and highly effective.


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