The American Counseling Association (ACA) released its new technology-heavy Code of Ethics in March of 2014, adding a whole section entirely on the topics of distance counseling, electronic record keeping, and using digital and networked technology in general practice. In the process, the ACA has entered new territory in providing guidance on how their member clinicians are expected to work with digital technology. We expect that other professions will follow suit in their own ways over the next several years.
The various authors of the HIPAA and HITECH laws apparently had some different goals in mind when compared to the 2014 ACA Ethics Revision Task Force. In this program, we will explore what parts of the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics’ approach to technology are new and may require new action on the part of counselors, what parts simply reaffirm existing standards, and how it all interacts with HIPAA and other regulatory rules and professional guidance on digital technology in American mental health.
We will also provide our guidance on how these changes affect the way we currently use digital technology here and now. We will cover applications of the new code to email, texting, online video (e.g. programs like Skype), keeping records electronically, Electronic Health Records, and more.
This program’s educational information is based on research into expert opinions on the HIPAA law, interviews with government officials, interviews with an ACA Ethics Revision Task Force member, and the professional experience and expertise of the presenters. Some of the interpretations presented are original work of the presenters and some are based on opinions and interpretations from other experts.
This web conference is intermediate instructional level and designed to help clinicians:
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"I think both Rob and Roy have excellent resources and scope of knowledge about security and privacy, so I was happy to see them present a workshop for GoodTherapy.org." - Kristen Martinez, MEd, EdS, LMHCA, NC
"Thank you for your willingness and passion to provide the information necessary for mental health therapist to stay up to date and navigate through today's challenges in the social media age. I am so not a technical person and often need professionals that are sensitive to the field and have a passion for what we do to assist in keeping things ethical and legal." - Julie Ingber, LMHC, NBCC
Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.
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Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC has a private practice in Portland, Oregon, where he is also the Director for Person-Centered Tech. Roy has a passion for teaching therapists about the Internet and enjoys helping them understand how electronic communication is the future of their practice and profession.
Roy sits on the board for the Zur Institute, and he is a member of the Counselor Education Department at the Portland State University. He regularly teaches mental health professionals on the ethical standards in the world of technology.
Roy offers a webinar series every month on Digital Confidentiality which covers not only the "what we must do" parts of HIPAA and professional ethics but also the "what we can do" parts. His website is also replete with free articles and resources for using digital technology in professional mental health practice. Find it all at www.personcenteredtech.com.
Rob is a Clinical Supervisor in North Carolina for professional counselors. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and the CEO of the private consulting firm Tame Your Practice where he helps mental health therapists promote their practices. He specializes in using technology efficiently while complying with the current requirements and guidelines. He is an editor for the American Counseling Association magazine for the "Tech Tutor" column.
Rob, with co-author Nancy Wheeler, also recently published Private Practice Preparedness: The Health Care Professional's Guide to Closing a Practice Due to Retirement, Death, or Disability. This eBook includes downloadable templates that help health care professionals fulfill ethics code obligations.
He enjoys playing board games, ultimate Frisbee, traveling and time with his family. For more information on Rob and his work, please visit http://www.tameyourpractice.com