Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, BC-TMH, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider and the owner/founder of COPE Counseling Services, LLC where 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.

Joni completed many trainings in distance counseling and even edited numerous online courses for telemental health.  She is a certified trainer in mental health first aid and motivational interviewing.  She is also certified in domestic violence facilitation, phototherapy and selective other methods that enhance client awareness.  For many years she trained mental health agencies, children and family services, first responders, jails, prisons, and detention centers on mental health topics along with legal and ethical matters of relative concern to each population.  As a former Chief of Probation and Probation Officer, she was responsible for training staff on mental health issues such as suicide awareness, personality disorders, substance use disorders and treatment strategies.

Joni is also a college instructor in the Sociology Department where she teaches mental health and legal issues classes.  She was recently nominated and presented with the award for “Teachers Who Make a Difference” due to her engaging and dynamic style of teaching.  She makes learning an enjoyable experience with her passion for the topic of using technology for mental health.


Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures:

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.