HIPAA Ethics On-Demand CEU Workshop for therapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists


On-Demand: HIPAA Legal & Ethical Must-Have Policies: Let Us Help You Become Compliant - 5 CEUs

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  • CE Hours Included: 5 Ethics, Core, or Related (please see below for more details)
  • 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 and references. There is a quiz at the end to ensure viewing and required by all CE approval organizations.
  • Investment: $120
  • Presented by: Susan C. Litton, Ph.D. (see bio below)
  • Instruction Level: Intermediate
  • Target Audience: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychotherapists, Other Mental Health Professionals

Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Demonstrate a do-it-yourself method for HIPAA compliance.
  • Explain the difference between integrated vs. standalone tools for your practice.
  • List three advantages of integrated tools.
  • Explain why a risk assessment is essential to your HIPAA Security Policy.
  • Describe one method for conducting a HIPAA risk assessment.
  • Summarize the findings regarding provider breaches with email.
  • List three best practices to prevent email breaches.
  • Explain what is meant by “end-to-end encryption” and why that’s important.
  • Describe how some products that are not end-to-end encrypted can still legally claim HIPAA compliance.
  • Explain why integrated tools such as Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) make writing and maintaining your Security Policy easier.
  • Be able to develop procedures for responding to and reporting any security incidents or breaches of Protected Health Information (PHI).
  • Describe one or more ways to ensure you’re using strong encryption protocols to ensure you’re transmitting and storing PHI in ways that protect clients’ confidentiality.

Workshop Description:

Do you have questions about the legal and ethical issues involved with using technology in mental health? Or maybe you always thought HIPAA didn’t apply to you, but you’re beginning to feel uneasy twinges about it. Or maybe you KNOW you should be HIPAA compliant, but you don’t want to pay a consultant big bucks to ensure you’re doing it right. This workshop tackles these issues and more. You will learn that although you ARE likely on the hook for HIPAA, you don’t have to hire it done. Most of it can be completed as a one- to two-weekend do-it-yourself project using techniques and information taught in this workshop. This is not a “scare you into compliance” workshop but rather a relaxed and hopefully fun approach that will give you simple tools and information to help you make wise decisions for your practice’s unique needs. You’ll leave with the knowledge you need to work both ethically and legally, whether you’re doing telemental health or in-office appointments. Come with questions! We hope this workshop can be interactive as well as informative. It doesn’t HAVE to be boring.

Presented by: Susan C. Litton, Ph.D.

Susan C. Litton, Ph.D., holds degrees in both mental health and IT and is actively engaged with careers in both. She has been a clinical psychologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1985. She is also the owner and creator of the PSYBooks Electronic Health Records (ERH) & Portal for mental health professionals (www.psybooks.com). Dr. Litton’s dual careers make her uniquely positioned to understand the ethical and legal needs of our profession. In 2012, when she was first sketching out plans for PSYBooks, she hired a HIPAA attorney to ensure that all I’s were dotted and all T’s crossed. The two of them worked closely together for months, with her describing the kinds of tools mental health providers would need, and he taught her how to make those tools compliant with HIPAA. Her knowledge of HIPAA has continued to deepen over time.

Additionally, Dr. Litton is an Advisor to Hale Healthcare IT Labs, a tech company devoted to building healthcare products. She was a charter member of the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS) and served as a CTiBS representative to the HL7 CBCC Workgroup, which is tasked with developing international standards for EHRs. Dr. Litton is the author of “Telehealth for the Mental Health Professions: Constructive and Evidence-Based Tips for Practicing Safely, Efficiently, and Legally.”

What people are saying about this workshop:

  • "The presenter was energetic, creative, and fun. She made the workshop entertaining and informative." - DFS, Clinical Psychologist
  • "Fantastic & Informative!!!" - AV, LPC
  • "Amazing presentation and made something incredibly complicated become digestible." - LR
  • "It is a complicated and dense topic and she found ways to keep it interesting and fun. She's so knowledgable!!" - EW, LPC
  • "Dr. Susan was so nice and funny! This is a heavy and boring topic at times but she kept me tuned in the entire time just because she was so funny and great to listen to!!! Hope to see more from her!" - KB
  • "Presenter was very well-versed in the topic and presented it in-depth and in a lot of detail. A very informative workshop!" - SA, LPC
  • "Very informative and well-organized workshop with invaluable tools for implementation into practice." - AOR, LPC
  • "Intelligent, well researched, and just enough humor to keep it from being too dry!" - LRJ, LAPC

5 Ethics, Core, or Related "Asynchronous" CE Clock Hours Included - Details by License Type Below:

  • PSYCHOLOGISTS: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TKT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For more detailed information on the current CE ruling in Georgia, or if you are licensed in another state or country, please click here.
  • COUNSELORS: The Knowledge Tree has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP), 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. Please click here for more detailed CE information.
    • Counselors Licensed in Canada: This workshop is approved for 5 credit hours through the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), event code: 64963904.
  • SOCIAL WORKERS: This workshop is approved for 5 core CE hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work (GSCSW), approval #061223. If you are licensed in another state or country, please click here for more detailed information.
  • MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS: Many states will accept APA and/or NBCC-approved continuing education hours for Marriage & Family Therapists, but please check your specific state’s rules & regulations. For Georgia-specific information regarding MFT approval, please go to our CE Information page by clicking here and scroll down to the map of Georgia.

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We are an approved vendor for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for easy reimbursement of educational expenses for VA employees.

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