PESI Offers 12 CE hours — but this offer is no longer free.

Digital Seminar – Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-Day Distance Therapy Training

If you follow the link below you can register for 12.5 hours of continuing training for using telehealth from PESI, a nonprofit continuing education provider.

The Ohio Board of Psychology rules require training/consultation in telepsychology if you choose to use that option to conduct sessions and this is an opportunity for you to get that training for free. Many courts, jails and other agencies are pursuing telepsych arrangements and this could become more the norm than the exception even after the Covid-19 crisis is over.

The course is taught by:

Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, BC-TMH a licensed clinical professional counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider and the owner/founder of COPE Counseling Services, LLC. She uses telemental health to assist individuals, couples and families with everyday coping in areas such as relationship, depression, suicide, and general coping skills. She is a Board-certified Telemental Health Provider with years of experience seeing clients using distance counseling. Her counseling centers specialize in treatment for both adults and children. Joni is also experienced as a clinical counselor supervising a mental health staff within a hospital setting and within her clinical practice. She regularly uses distance counseling to work with diverse populations in multiple states. She is licensed as a mental health professional in Illinois and Florida while presently residing in Florida.

Financial: Joni Gilbertson is owner of COPE Counseling Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. Non-financial: Joni Gilbertson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Also, under the circumstances, your agency’s forensic director will likely* “count” this training as forensic CE hours particularly given the current circumstances. The directors are offering this and several other training opportunities as an option for getting the annual training hours we are missing due to cancelation of the 2020 Ohio Forensic Directors’ forensic conference. 

PESI is also an approved provider for OPA. 

To register, you must first create an account with Then you can come back to this link to find the telehealth course and register for it. When you get to the checkout, enter “telefree” in the apply coupon here box. Then finish checking out (it takes a few more times at confirming check out).

If you are already a user – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

*Check with your forensic director ahead of time and then, don’t forget to turn in your certificate of completion to your agency’s forensic director (if applicable).



Published by Ohio Forensic Evaluation Center Directors Association

We offer Ohio's Courts of Common Pleas and the other criminal justice and mental health related services in our regions evidence-based, expertly crafted mental health opinions, and promote the ideals of objectivity and excellence in all forensic evaluation opinions proffered. We strive to promote this standard through the work of our centers and to our colleagues and consultants outside of our centers through training and supervision. Further, we never fail to consider the community's safety, as well as the individual's need for the most clinically appropriate interventions, as we are crafting these opinions and conducting our training. Additionally, we serve our colleagues in the state hospitals, the prison system and the state and county Mental Health and Addiction Services Boards, Developmental Disability Boards, Probation Departments and Municipal Courts to find effective solutions to many of our risk of violence and community mental health safety issues. We are proud to serve the courts of Ohio, and appreciate the ongoing recognition we receive for our work.

One thought on “PESI Offers 12 CE hours — but this offer is no longer free.

  1. It is still free, I just completed it. The certification is not free, but the CEU’s and handout book are. It was an excellent course for myself both as a therapist and a compliance officer!

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