There are possible risk issues in private practice, even before a client comes in for their first appointment. There are simple practices mental health professionals can use for everything from file keeping to paperwork to work effectively with their clients while decreasing potential risks in private practice.

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Amy L. Hooper, LCSW-C, CEAP will discuss steps clinicians can take to maintain or improve HIPAA compliance and confidentiality. Amy will identify several areas where many clinicians may not realize they are not maintaining HIPAA compliance. 

Amy will explore risks associated with electronic communication, encryption, and phone use and explain how these risks can be minimized. Amy will discuss how to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule, what a Risk Assessment Plan is, and why it is needed in private practice. She will also highlight professional risks and the effective use of consultation while seeing clients in private practice. 

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

  1. Recognize the importance of risk management in private practice. 

  2. Create a risk management plan for one's therapy practice.

  3. Apply a risk management plan to increase the security of one's practice. 

  4. Summarize the many different areas where HIPAA compliance is crucial in a private practice, including electronics, office space, and paperwork.

  5. Explain how risk management can prevent common pitfalls of maintaining a private practice.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. 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. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization,, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. 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. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., 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., 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

This web conference is available at no cost to members.

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Meet the Presenter

Amy L. Hooper, LCSW-C, CEAP

Amy L. Hooper is a licensed clinical social worker and the director of Another Look at Healing, LLC, a counseling center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Amy started her private practice in 2008, bringing it from a one-clinician, part-time practice to a thriving, multi-clinician private pay practice and wellness center with a waitlist and administrative support offering individual, couples, family, and group therapy. 

Amy loves helping clinicians learn how to limit liability, set fees, create a website, stay HIPAA-compliant, add associates, build multiple streams of income, generate ideal clients with a business and marketing plan, and more. She has a supportive, collaborative relationship with her coaching clients, allowing for quick results and practice growth.

Amy has created a wide range of online webinars available for download for basic information about practice development at You can also contact Amy through her website to schedule one-on-one coaching sessions.