On-Demand: The Ethics of TeleMental Health with 2021 COVID-19 Updates - 6 CEUs

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  • CEs: 6 Ethics, Core, or Related Continuing Education hours for Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage & Family Therapists (please see below for more details). Includes 6 TeleMental Health Hours and satisfies the Composite Board requirements for the state of Georgia.
  • 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. However, you are required to watch at least 90% of the videos to receive CEs. The PowerPoint handout will be displayed in the video along with the presenter, and there is also a separate document for printing as well as multiple handouts and forms. There is a quiz at the end to ensure comprehension and is required by all CE approval organizations for on-demand workshops.
  • Investment: $135

Educational Objectives:

  • Explain what constitutes "TeleMental Health" and "Technology-Assisted Media"
  • Provide an overview of COVID updated regulations concerning HIPAA and crossing state lines.
  • 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 the latest evidence regarding TeleMental Health use and client preferences during COVID and predictions going forward as well as the benefits and limitations of services and effectiveness.
  • Assess the dangers of practicing across state lines and the options available to do so legally, particularly during COVID-19.
  • 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 regarding TeleMental Health.
  • 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.

Workshop Description:

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 passed a law requiring masters level licensed therapists to complete six hours of training in TeleMental Health. 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, including updated information regarding crossing state lines and HIPAA compliant requirements that have changed due to COVID-19.

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

Dr. Beaton-York has been on the Georgia Psychological Association's Ethics Committee since 2010 and Ethics Chair since July 2014. She was also the Ethics Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) for two years and has taught literally hundreds of ethics workshops since 2000. You may have seen her on one of the 60 episodes that she filmed as the featured psychologist on TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive." She has also made recent appearances on The Anderson Cooper Show, Good Morning America, and CNN Headline News. Dr. Beaton-York's primary passion is teaching and mentoring, which inspired her to start The Knowledge Tree. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Georgia State University and now Emory's Department of Psychology. Dr. Beaton-York was voted Counselor Educator of the Year by LPCA-GA in 2005 and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

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.
  • "Excellent presenter! Workshop was packed full of important updates and guidance regarding the ethical practice of telemental health. Highly recommend." B.F.

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.
    • Georgia Psychologists: all online 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 participation 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 specific state rules to be certain.
  • Counselors: This workshop was approved for 6 ethics or core hours through LPCA of Georgia, approval #2021-04-21-420AW.
    • Georgia Counselors: This workshop has been approved for 6 "Core Hours" as an "On-Demand - asynchronous" course by LPCA of Georgia (approval # above). The “Ethics” hours dropped off because the Georgia Composite Board requires that all Ethics hours be obtained either live or via a live synchronous webinar.
    • Licensed in another state as a Counselor: Many states will accept CEs for Counselors if that workshop has approved status from another state association as this one does. Additionally, we have national approval for all our courses through APA. Many states will accept APA-approved courses, but please check your specific state rules & regulations.
  • Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists: The Knowledge Tree (TKT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
    • Georgia: Because we have national approval for all our courses through APA, this workshop would be part of your option for up to 15 "Related Hours." For Masters Licensed Therapists in Georgia, "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 five would be your optional Independent Study hours). "Ethics" hours must be obtained via a live "Synchronous" event (either in-person or Live Webinars). Please see our Live Webinars for Ethics options.
    • Licensed in another state as a Social Worker or MFT: The Knowledge Tree has national approval for all our courses through APA. Many states will accept APA-approved continuing education hours, but please check your specific state rules & regulations.

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