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- CEs: 6 Ethics or Core Education Clock Hours for Psychologists (through APA) and 6 "Related" Continuing Education Hours for Counselors (through LPCA of GA), Social Workers (through GSCSW) & Marriage and Family Therapists (through GAMFT).
- Format: On-Demand Webinar (“Asynchronous”) ~ At your leisure to be viewed at your own pace. You may pause, rewind, and fast forward at any point during the videos. You are in complete control of how you view this workshop. It also comes with a PowerPoint handout and multiple handouts & forms. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
- Investment: $135
Important CEU Information (Updated 10/20/20)
On-Demand Webinars: Defined as “asynchronous” workshops that are prerecorded, and you may watch them at your leisure on your own time.
The Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists:
For Masters Licensed Therapists, both On-Demand ("Asynchronous") Webinars and "Related" hours are allowed to comprise up to 15 hours of the total 35 hours required per renewal period (10 hours of On-Demand are expressly permitted, and the extra 5 would be your optional Independent Study hours). "Ethics" hours must be obtained via a live "Synchronous" event (either in-person or Live Webinars). Therefore, this workshop would be counted as part of your allotted "Related Hours," but it will not count toward your "Ethics" requirement. Please see our Live Webinars for Ethics options. For details regarding this new rule from the Secretary of State, click here.
The Georgia Board of Psychologists:
Has approved Live Webinars and On-Demand Webinars to be counted the same as live workshops for the remainder of this renewal period (including Ethics!!!). We are still awaiting The Board’s decision regarding the next renewal cycle.
- Describe how Social Media can play an essential part in practice building and how to thwart the ethical pitfalls.
- Explain the essentials of "Competency" and "Standard of Care” requirements.
- Discuss business licensing laws, employment law (including employing someone with a W2), HIPAA requirements, and whether or not it makes sense to become an S-Corp or an LLC.
- Describe how to save a significant amount of money on taxes by employing yourself with a W2.
- Summarize what the research says about the clinical setting and how to set up a therapeutic (and confidential) environment for your clients.
- Demonstrate ethically and legally sound ways to implement a crisis response plan, hospitalize a client voluntarily and involuntarily, how to deal with clients who show up intoxicated, and if “suicide contracts” are really effective and if they hold up in court.
- Explain the essentials of clinical documentation: what needs to be in a client record; how to write progress notes from a risk management perspective; how long client records should be retained; who has access to records; who owns the records, and the difference between psychotherapy notes and the medical record.
- Discuss the frequently overlooked ingredients needed in an informed consent to treatment that will help you maintain an ethical practice and prevent future malpractice claims.
- Demonstrate financial reimbursement and ethical pitfalls concerning fee-setting, what is considered “reasonable and customary,” what lawyers term “undue influence,” bartering, kickbacks, etc.
- Apply all the above to develop the framework for a business and marketing plan.
This workshop will address the legal and ethical essentials of being in any kind of outpatient practice. In order to generate business to grow a practice, marketing is essential. However, in this age of social media, self disclosure and dual roles can muddy the waters of a clean therapeutic relationship. It's also critical that therapists are aware of the Standard of Care in which they need to uphold as well as ascertain that they truly have the competency to perform the services in which they are advertising. Additionally, being competent in emergency procedures is essential: Do you know the best practices to involuntarily commit a client, what to do if a client shows up intoxicated, or the logistics of a self-care plan? All of these solid, much needed skills will be addressed, along with ethical fee setting, how to provide a therapeutic environment, and protective documentation strategies beginning with your intake through a mindful termination summary.
Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D.
Dr. Beaton-York was the Founder of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute, the Co-Founder of the nonprofit OCD Georgia, Inc. and, recently, The Knowledge Tree, LLC. She loves growing businesses and coaching therapists regarding practice building from an ethical perspective. In 2005, Dr. Beaton-York was voted Counselor Educator of the Year by the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory University. Dr. Beaton-York is also the Chair of the Georgia Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee. You may have seen her on the television series "Hoarding: Buried Alive" as the treating psychologist on over 60 episodes.
Chris J. York, Attorney at Law
Mr. York attended Bowdoin College in Maine for undergrad and is a 1991 graduate of Emory University Law School. As an Atlanta based litigator, early in his career he tried numerous medical malpractice jury trials on behalf of defendant physicians. Later, he focused more on product liability, business, and corporate practice. He was Georgia counsel to a national seat belt and airbag supplier and later served as Senior VP and General Counsel to an Atlanta medical device company. In 2003, he formed his own firm which he still runs. His law partner, Chip Gaskill, is a Vanderbilt Law School graduate who specializes in corporate matters in addition to family law, trusts and estates. Their firm is York Gaskill, LLC. Today, Mr. York primarily specializes in helping small businesses.
What people are saying about this workshop:
- "I learned so much and feel I will often reference the covered material as I grow as a therapist and business owner. Thank you!" - H.K., APC
6 Ethics, Core, or Related CE Clock Hours:
- Psychologists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- For Georgia Psychologists, all on-line webinars (both live and on-demand) count the same as live for 2021 (including ethics). Therefore, this workshop will satisfy your required six hours of ethics or core hours if you prefer. The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022. You may want to consider completing all 40 CEs this year while you have multiple viewing options.
- Licensed in another state as a Psychologist? The Knowledge Tree is a Continuing Education Sponsor Approved (CESA) by APA, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules regarding on-demand ("asynchronous") webinars.
- Counselors: This workshop was originally approved for 6 ethics or core hours through the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia, approval #8777-20AW; this workshop now counts as Related Hours per Georgia Composite Board Rule 135-9-.01.
- Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists via LPCA of Georgia through reciprocal agreement with the Composite Board.
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