Seminar Detail

Legal and Ethical Issues with Technology in Mental Health
Legal and Ethical Issues with Technology in Mental Health

Where:  COLLEGE PARK, MD

When:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

A client goes on vacation and they want to schedule a session while they are out of state. How do you ethically and legally practice in this situation?

Smart phones are used for scheduling and for exchanging information. What happens if these phones are misplaced?

Emails are used to send important information to other professionals. How do we ensure the right person receives this information?

How do you ensure confidentiality of your clients in this digital age?

In today’s technologically advanced world it is difficult to keep up with the ever-changing laws and standards for using technology in our field. There are issues that are not clearly defined.

Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, will use her wealth of experiences, real-life case examples, entertaining videos, and thought provoking scenarios to make challenging topics and concepts easy to discuss and learn. Be recognized for your experience and knowledge in compliance and ethics and technology and move your practice forward.

Attend this engaging workshop and walk away being more confident with:
  • New laws regarding using technology in your mental health practice
  • What the code of ethics states and how to apply this information
  • Navigate the gray areas and practice safely
  • The ability to immediately apply the information and new skills with your clients near and far
Objectives:

  1. Describe the legal and ethical codes that relate to mental health services using technology.
  2. Identify the risks and pitfalls of using technology.
  3. Define boundary crossings and violations when using technology.
  4. Compare interjurisdictional laws and regulations for using technology.
  5. Discuss cultural and multicultural considerations when using technology.
  6. Apply ethical decision-making to solve difficult dilemmas.
OUTLINE

Ethics of Using Technology
  • Covering the codes
  • Similarities and differences
  • Competency and skills for using technology
The Benefits of Using Technology
  • Enhance services
  • Increased client access to services
  • Convenience for all parties
  • Financial benefits to all
Risks and Reluctance to Using Technology
  • Safety concerns
  • Trouble building therapeutic alliance
  • Misunderstandings and misinterpretations
  • Equipment failure
  • Insurance reimbursement
  • Baby boomer reluctance to technology
Safety Concerns When Using Technology
  • Privacy of client and MHP
  • Identification of client
  • Identity fraud
Using Technology Across Different States
  • Residency of the client
  • License requirements
  • Clients on vacation or going to college
  • Services to other countries
  • Distance counseling
Laws Concerning Technology
  • Confidentiality
  • Informed consent
  • HIPAA and HITECH
Skype, Cell Phones, Computers and Social Media
  • The HIPAA compliance controversy
  • To text or not to text
  • What the codes say about Facebook
Resources for Using Technology
  • Video-conferencing
  • State licensing boards
  • Federal resources
  • Code of Ethics

JONI M GILBERTSON, MA, NCC, LCPC

Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, court program specialist and credentialed distance counselor. She is licensed in Illinois and presently resides in Florida. Joni is also a college instructor in the Sociology Department where she teaches legal issues and numerous other mental health and criminal justice classes. She recently was nominated and presented with the award for “Teachers Who Make a Difference” due to her engaging and dynamic style of teaching.

Joni is the owner/founder of COPE Counseling Services, LLC. These centers specialize in family treatment for both adults and children and court-ordered programming for people within the court system. Joni is also certified in domestic violence facilitation, sex offender training, distance counseling and selective creative therapies that enhance client awareness.

Joni has many years of experience working in law enforcement as a probation officer and chief of probation where she was directly responsible for training the staff on ethics and legal issues, suicide awareness, and other work-related topics. She has experience supervising a mental health staff and experience as a prison therapist where she trained the officers and mental health staff on legal issues, ethics, and other relative topics. She has given numerous trainings and lectures for agencies, hospitals, and universities on ethics, legal issues, mental health and suicide prevention.



Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Joni Gilbertson is owner of COPE Counseling Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Joni Gilbertson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
ETHICS
This seminar qualifies for 6.25 hours of general ethics instruction. If ethics is not specified within your licensing board’s approval statement below, please contact your board to determine the applicability and amount of ethics allowed.


ADDICTION COUNSELORS
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This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Legal, Ethical and Professional Development skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The District of Columbia Municipal Regulations for Professional Counseling recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

MARYLAND COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
This activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. You should save this course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.


NURSE/NURSE PRACTITIONERS/CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALISTS
This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.


PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


SOCIAL WORKERS
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PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Ethics) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.


OTHER PROFESSIONS
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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