The "No Surprises Act:" How to Legally & Ethically Implement this Requirement by Jan 1, 2022 (Includes Customizable Forms) - 1 Ethics CE Hour

When and Where:


On-Demand: You can pre-register for the on-demand version here (which will be available by 5pm EST the same day):

  • Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021
  • Time: 10:30am - 11:30am Eastern Standard Time
  • CE Hours Included: 1 Ethics or Core (please see below for details)
  • Location: Live Interactive Webinar (“Synchronous”) on Zoom
  • Investment: $15 (Forms Included)
  • Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • Workshop Recording: A recording of this workshop is available to review for 60 days after the presentation. However, participants must attend live to receive the "Synchronous" CE Certificate. The recording will be available by the end of the day on 12/30/21

Educational Objectives:

  • Define the "No Surprises Act," a Federal law that goes into effect on January 1, 2022 and applies to all mental health professionals.
  • Explain the "Disclosure Notice" that clinicians need to have on their website as well as the "Good Faith Estimate" that needs to be presented to each client (customizable forms are provided).
  • Identify ways to implement this protocol that meets the legal requirement while also preventing ethical pitfalls (e.g., diagnosing a client without enough evidence, making assumptions about the number of visits a client will need too early in treatment, scaring a client with a large possible expense that may prevent a client from pursuing treatment or staying in treatment, etc.)

Workshop Description:

Many therapists only recently found out about the "No Surprises Act," which is a Federal law just enacted last summer with revisions as recent as November 2021. This law requires clinicians to create a "Good Faith Estimate" for anyone not using insurance by January 1, 2022. Insurance clients will also need a similar form most likely by March 2022. There are specifications regarding how long the document can be, what size font is required, and the cost of treatment over a one-year period of time. With the help of a seasoned attorney/psychologist from Dr. Beaton-York's malpractice carrier, The Trust, she has created a strategy to implement this form with the least harm possible to clients (e.g., not deterring a client from pursuing therapy because of a large one-year cost of services upfront or providing a diagnosis before gathering enough info). After taking this course, therapists will have the forms they need to implement immediately and a strategy that satisfies both the law and our ethical codes.

Presented by: Becky Beaton-York, Ph.D.

Dr. Beaton-York has been on the Georgia Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee since 2010 and the Ethics Chair for eight of those years. She was also previously the Ethics Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) for two years before becoming licensed as a Psychologist. Dr. Beaton-York has taught hundreds of ethics workshops over the past 25 years and has served as an expert witness in ethics malpractice suits. She was also the Founder and Clinical Director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute for 15 years, the Co-Founder of the nonprofit OCD Georgia, Inc., and, recently, the Founder and Director of The Knowledge Tree. In 2005, Dr. Beaton was voted Counselor Educator of the Year by LPCA-GA and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory University.

1 Ethics or Core 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.
    • Georgia Psychologists: all online webinars (both live and on-demand) count the same as live for 2021 (including ethics). The Board states it will go back to the pre-COVID rules in 2022. You may complete all 40 CEUs this year while you have options.
    • Licensed in another state: 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.
  • Counselors: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7153. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Knowledge Tree is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
    • Georgia Counselors: Please note that NBCC approval satisfies the Composite Board requirements in Georgia. NBCC is the national certifying body that also approves LPCA-GA courses, and therefore double certification is not required.
    • Licensed in another state: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) #7153, so all of our workshops should satisfy your CE requirements, but please check your state rules regarding live webinars vs. live workshops.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for 1 Ethics Hour through Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW), approval #121321.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for 1 Ethics Hour through Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW), approval #121321. This workshop will count for ethics hours for marriage & family therapists through a reciprocal agreement with the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists.
    • Licensed in Georgia: See above. Also, now in Georgia, Live Webinars count the same as a Live In-Person Workshop, including Ethics.
    • Licensed in another state? Please see the highlighted section below.*
  • *Licensed in another state as a social worker or marriage & family therapist? Many states will accept CEs for Social Workers & MFTs if that workshop has approved status from another state. Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA & NBCC. Many states accept APA & NBCC approved workshops, but please check your specific state rules & regulations.

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We are an approved vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs for easy reimbursement of educational expenses for VA employees.

This course is closed for enrollment.

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