Many mental health professionals receive little or no training in documentation prior to starting their practice. However, writing case notes is a significant aspect of most clinicians' daily work. The lack of adequate training and support in the documentation process, coupled with most professionals' dislike for this task, often contributes to feelings of resentment, anxiety, and fear at the mere mention of “notes” or “records request.” However, thinking about notes from the perspective of those in treatment, who are often helped by clinical notes, can help clinicians see how writing notes can be a meaningful part of any therapy practice.
In this two-hour interactive web conference, Dr. Maelisa Hall will cover essential strategies for writing high-quality case notes, review common pitfalls clinicians experience with documentation, and share realistic and helpful examples designed to replace any negative emotions surrounding documentation with confidence. Dr. Hall will highlight the importance of knowing the ethics requirements for documentation and share how to individualize and apply these concepts effectively in practice. In addition, this presentation will evaluate different options for note templates and outline strategies to simplify clinical notes and still meet ethical and insurance guidelines. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share real-life challenges they have experienced with clinical documentation during question-and-answer sessions.
This introductory instructional level course is designed to help clinicians:
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Everything was excellent. As someone who has been away from the field for a time, and is returning, I found all of it extremely helpful. - Monica Bowen, LPC
Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.
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Maelisa Hall, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist living in Long Beach, California. She currently serves as the Quality Assurance (QA) Director for a state-contracted mental health program and is the owner of QA Prep, where she offers online trainings and clinical consultation in documentation for mental health professionals.
Training is Dr. Hall’s true passion, and she loves to help therapists connect meaning to the typically mundane task of paperwork. After years working in quality improvement, she has noted that confusion, anxiety, and resentment related to documentation are all too common for clinicians. Her experience has shown her most professionals care deeply about their work and find documentation much easier when they are able to identify and understand how paperwork actually helps the people they work with in therapy.
Dr. Hall provides online training programs for therapists in private practice and consultation for agencies and individual practitioners. She also travels as a speaker and trainer and presents on the topics of improving documentation and ethics. She maintains an active blog and provides free monthly trainings for therapists through her website, www.qaprep.com.