Preparing for a Legal-Ethical Telemental Health Practice

Preparing for a Legal-Ethical and Clinically Effective Telemental Health Practice

Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC and Rob Reinhardt, MEd, LPCS, NCC on 05-18-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Telemental health is coming into its own in the counseling industry, and more people than ever are aware of the possibilities telehealth presents for improving access to mental healthcare. Many employee assistance programs (EAPs), employer health plans, and private insurers are running telemental health programs to reach underserved populations and lower the costs of effective care delivery. Clinicians can use telemental health to deliver most of their chosen modalities—if they are proficient in its proper use. 

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC and Rob Reinhardt, LPCS, NCC will review basic legal-ethical, technical, and clinical skills to build telemental health competence. Research shows telemental health is effective. Professional ethics codes and guidelines make a point of noting that competency in telemental health is a prerequisite to performing it. This training is designed to be accessible to all—being "tech-savvy" is not required. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. List the specific relevant ethical and legal standards they must follow to begin performing professional telemental health services.
  2. Describe the areas of telemental health competence that are least understood, according to research.
  3. Summarize the competencies clinicians need to develop for beginning telemental health practice and develop strategies for attaining those competencies.
  4. Describe the basic principles of using videoconferencing software to effectively deliver services.
  5. Assess telemental health delivery companies for legal-ethical and clinical appropriateness.

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

Premium Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.

Meet the Presenters

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC is a counselor in private practice and also directs Person-Centered Tech. He worked as a professional web developer for seven years before changing paths. He has now made it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of mental healthcare. Roy has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security, and clinical use of technology for counseling licensure boards and state and national mental health professional organizations.

In addition to his practice and technology business, Roy is also an adjunct ethics instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program and a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has co-authored or authored two book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding technology in clinical practice. Roy has served on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and was the Technology Committee Chair for the Oregon Counseling Association.

Roy offers weekly consultation, “HIPAApropriateness Reviews” of products that are popular among private practitioners, eight hours of continuing education, and more to members of Person-Centered Tech Support. He really likes this stuff.

Rob Reinhardt, MEd, LPCS, NCC

Rob Reinhardt, MEd, LPCS, NCC

Rob Reinhardt, MEd, LPCS, NCC has his own successful counseling practice and is CEO of Tame Your Practice. Known for his expertise in reviewing and recommending Electronic Health Records (EHRs) for therapists, Rob previously worked in Information Technology for over ten years and has lived around technology his entire life. With a comprehensive mix of technology, clinical, and business experience he can provide consultation and coaching regarding all facets of private practice.  

Rob is the creator of Describe, the popular deck of cards and activities that can be used with individuals, families and groups of all ages. He is the author of the Guide to Choosing An EHR, and co-author of Private Practice Preparedness. He's also co-host of the popular podcast, TherapyTech with Rob and Roy and a column editor for Counseling Today, the professional magazine published by the American Counseling Association. 

Rob is also a fan of board gaming, ultimate frisbee, travel, and quality time with his family. 

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

542.5 CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy Premium Members at no additional cost.