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When and Where:

  • Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
  • CEs: 6 Ethics or Core CE Hours for Psychologists & Counselors and 6 Ethics CE Hours for Social Workers & Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Location: Live Webinar (“Synchronous”)
  • Investment: $135 before November 20, $155 after

Important CEU Information (Updated 10/13/20)

Live-Webinars: Defined as “synchronous” events on specific days where you may interact with the presenter in real time.

The Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists:

The Georgia Composite Board has approved all Live Webinars to be counted the same as Live (including Ethics!!!) from here forward. Therefore, masters level licensed therapists will not have to attend a live workshop ever again.

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.

Forms Included: These forms were created by the presenters ($85 value that's included!):

  • COVID In-Person Therapy Critical Forms: COVID Informed Consent, COVID in-Person Waiver, COVID Office Protocol & Meeting Outside Protocol. Pertinent CDC office signs are also included for your convenience.
  • Practice Will: Templates to tailor to your needs and wishes & supporting information form to list where to find everything, passwords, keys, etc.

Educational Objectives:

  • Discuss clinical, ethical, liability and risk management issues around in-person therapy during COVID-19 such as:
    • What is best for the client, the therapist, and their loved ones? Who drives the decision?
    • What kind of disinfecting/mask wearing/ventilation requirements/etc. are considered Standard of Care?
    • What is the ethical and/or public health requirement if you find out an infected person was in your office?
    • What if not all of your clients are appropriate for TeleMental Health? Is is okay to refer or terminate?
    • What if I just don't like TeleMental Health or my clients don't like TeleMental Health? Is that enough of a reason to return to in-person care?
    • How do I navigate an involuntary hospitalization remotely?
    • Will my malpractice or liability cover me if I or someone in my office infects a client/staff member/family member, etc.?We'll discuss what insurance carriers term "reservation of rights" and how they could apply during COVID-19.
  • Address ethical issues that have emerged since COVID-19 such as the importance of having a plan if something were to happen to the therapist, also known as a Practice Will. Each participant will be given a Practice Will template as part of this workshop created by the presenters along with instructions regarding how to complete it.
  • Describe relevant TeleMental Health topics such as providing therapy across state lines, accepting new clients and getting documents signed in a HIPAA compliant manner, boundary issues while working from home, etc.).
  • Define and assess subtle boundary issues that occur when therapists try to “help too much” by going over time, making special accommodations, advice-giving, self-disclosure, seeing the friends or family of clients, etc.
  • Analyze some lesser known dual relationship issues concerning court appearances and document production by therapists who never planned to be involved in court work.
  • Describe the ethical requirements around the termination of clinical services to avoid abandonment and reduce liability, particularly when the therapist wants to or needs to initiate the termination.
  • Address the legal side of risk management strategies throughout the workshop, including the four elements of malpractice and what to do if served with a lawsuit or faced with a Licensing Board complaint.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will address several ethical topics that seem to be particularly relevant to therapists right now during COVID-19 based on how many questions Dr. Beaton-York and Mr. York have been receiving regarding these “hot topics.” They will discuss clinical, ethical, liability and risk management issues around in-person care and what to do if one client infects another with COVID-19 or if you inadvertently infect one of your clients. Is there liability involved? Is there an ethical duty to inform others? They will address ethical issues that have emerged such as the importance of having a plan if something were to happen to the therapist, also known as a Practice Will. Together, Dr. Beaton-York and Mr. York have created a Practice Will template from both an ethical and legal perspective that will be made available free of charge as part of this workshop. They will also walk you through the steps of implementing your new will during the training. Dr. Beaton-York will also address relevant TeleMental Health topics such as providing therapy across state lines during a crisis, accepting new clients and getting documents signed in a HIPAA compliant manner, how to hospitalize remotely, experiencing the same anxiety your clients are, boundary issues while working from home, etc. Additionally, she will define other subtle boundary issues that occur when therapists try to “help too much” by going over time, making special accommodations, advice-giving, self-disclosure, seeing the friends or family of clients, etc. Mr. York will address what questions could arise in court around varying from normal protocol and how to consider such questions ahead of time to avoid being in court at all. Dr. Beaton-York will define some lesser known dual relationship issues concerning court appearances and document production by therapists who never planned to be involved in court work. She will describe the ethical requirements around the termination of clinical services to avoid abandonment and reduce liability, particularly when the therapist wants to or needs to initiate the termination. While Dr. Beaton-York will address the ethical side of such dilemmas, Mr. York will address the legal side of risk management strategies, including the four elements of malpractice and what to do if served with a lawsuit or faced with a Licensing Board complaint.

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 since 2014. 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. Lastly, 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, in his career he tried numerous medical malpractice jury trials and handled many licensure Board complaints and peer reviews on behalf of defendant physicians. Later, he focused more on product liability, business and corporate practice and served as Senior Vice President 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 with practically any legal matter they may face.

Agenda:

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 - 12:15 Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:15 - 1:15 Lunch Break
  • 1:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Session
  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break
  • 3:00 - 4:30 Afternoon Session (Cont.)
  • 4:30 - 4:45 Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

What people are saying about Dr. Beaton-York's and Mr. York's workshops:

  • "I love watching them interact together. They offer the best of both worlds with covering both the ethical and legal side of our profession! Thank you so much!!!” S.T.
  • This workshop was easily the very best use of my CEU money ever! I’ve only gone to Becky’s ethics workshops for the past decade because she’s so good. However, adding Chris’ legal expertise is the crème de la crème!!! F.S.
  • “I love how Becky is able to ask Chris the legal questions we need answers to in layman’s terms and how helpful he is. After the workshop, he was incredibly kind about answering questions that were pertinent to my practice.” C.R.
  • “I usually brace myself for ethics being boring, but Becky was able to make it engaging and even enjoyable. The time actually flew by.” J.M.
  • “Their handouts are incredible. I’m leaving with a great resource to refer back to.” D.R.

6 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.
  • Counselors: This workshop is approved for 6 ethics or core hours through LPCA of Georgia, approval #8907-0520AW.
  • Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for Ethics Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists via LPCA of Georgia through reciprocal agreement with the Composite Board.

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