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6 Ethics or Core Continuing Education Clock Hours for Psychologists (through APA) and Counselors, 6 Ethics Continuing Education Clock Hours for Social Workers & Marriage and Family Therapists (Includes 6 TeleMental Health Hours and satisfies the Composite Board requirements for the state of Georgia).
Both the Georgia Board of Psychology (Emergency Rule OCGA § 43-39-15) and the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists (Emergency Board Rule 135-9-0.3-.01) have approved Live-Streaming Webinars and Online Pre-recorded Webinars to be counted the same as a live training (even for Ethics) due to COVID-19 for the remainder of this renewal period. Both emergency bills have been signed by the Governor and are official!
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.
The use of "technology-assisted media" in the delivery of mental health services (or TeleMental Health) has generated a lot of confusion and controversy. First of all, many therapists are confused about what even constitutes TeleMental Health, which is much more far-reaching than many people realized. Basically, if a device requires electricity and you're using it to deliver mental health care, you're practicing TeleMental Health. This includes, phones (voice and texts), computers & tablets (email, billing, or storage of files), fax machines, the Internet (cloud storage of records, billing transactions, video-conferencing, or even recommending apps and websites to clients). There are also a multitude of ethical issues and requirements related to each of these options, and every therapist's ethics code now states we need training in TeleMental Health. This is why Georgia's Composite Board recently passed a law requiring masters level therapists to complete six hours of training in TeleMental Health. Additionally, the Georgia Board of Psychology has also written a law that is just awaiting passage. Georgia is a model state for TeleMental Health law and regulations, and Dr. Beaton-York will provide information and resources for all 50 states. This workshop will help clarify numerous concerns and address the ethical requirements and considerations we all need to be making.
- Explain what constitutes "TeleMental Health" and "Technology-Assisted Media."
- Describe how the HIPAA Business Associate Agreement fits into the HIPAA Security Ruling as it pertains to Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI) and what you need to know about protecting your electronic transactions and maintaining confidentiality.
- Review evidence regarding the benefits and limitations of TeleMental Health services as well as relevant research pertaining to effectiveness.
- Assess the dangers of practicing across state lines and the options available to do so legally.
- Identify HIPAA compatible video, texting, and emailing and where to go to stay up on the most recent options.
- Summarize what you need to include in your Informed Consent to Treatment if you're practicing TeleMental Health (which does include using the telephone for crisis calls and even recommending apps and websites).
- Demonstrate ways to respond to and manage emergencies, including a thorough assessment of client fit for technology-assisted media.
- Explain important TeleMental Health details such as verifying a client's identity and how to bill appropriately for your services.
- Identify the TeleMental Health issues related to recommending Apps and Websites and how to do so ethically.
- Discuss the ethical considerations of Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google searches.
What people are saying about Dr. Beaton-York's Ethics & TeleMental Health workshops:
- "Great presenter - energetic, funny, & amazingly well-informed" - C.H.
- "Becky's presentations are always interesting and informative. There is always something new that I learn, even after 30 years of practice!" - N.M.
- "Truly the most thorough and helpful ethics course I have ever attended." C.G.
- "So good! Best, most informative ethics class I've done!" E.B.
- "I was EXTREMELY impressed by Dr. Beaton. Her deep, extensive knowledge, outgoing and engaging personality made this workshop one of the BEST I've ever been to!" E.H.
- "Loved the animal pictures in the PowerPoint & appreciate Becky throwing in real life examples/experiences to maintain our interest & help with understanding/comprehension!" T.M.
- "Becky Beaton is a fantastic presenter. The Best!" H.V.
- "Becky is engaging, funny, & knowledgeable." R.T.
- "I love your personality! Your laugh is very contagious. You are able to present boring material in a very interesting and educational way!" P.T.
- "Most important training I've had in years. Becky, as usual, was superior and enjoyable in her presentation." P.T.
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6 Ethics or Core CE Clock Hours:
- Ph.D.s: 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.
- LPCs: This workshop is approved for Ethics or Core Hours for Counselors through LPCA of Georgia, approval #8816-20.
- SWs & MFTs: 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.