Seminar Detail

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

Where:   PORTLAND, ME

When:  Monday, August 26, 2019 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. Articulate the legal and ethical codes that relate to utilizing technology while providing mental health services.
  2. Establish ethical practices to ensure safety when utilizing telemental health services.
  3. Consider ethical dilemmas clinicians may face related to therapeutic boundaries with respect to utilizing technology in clinical practice.
  4. Specify interjurisdictional laws and regulations for using technology in clinical practice.
  5. Consider cultural differences when using technology and articulate how this may inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  6. Utilize an ethical decision making framework to recognize, analyze, resolve or prevent ethical dilemmas in your clinical practice.
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
Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

JONI M GILBERTSON, MA, NCC, LCPC, BC-TMH

Joni Gilbertson, MA, NCC, LCPC, BC-TMH, is a licensed clinical professional counselor, Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider and the owner/founder of COPE Counseling Services, LLC where she uses telemental health to assist individuals, couples and families with everyday coping in areas such as relationship, depression, suicide, and general coping skills. She is a Board-certified Telemental Health Provider with years of experience seeing clients using distance counseling. Her counseling centers specialize in treatment for both adults and children. Joni is also experienced as a clinical counselor supervising a mental health staff within a hospital setting and within her clinical practice. She regularly uses distance counseling to work with diverse populations in multiple states. She is licensed as a mental health professional in Illinois and Florida while presently residing in Florida.

Joni completed many trainings in distance counseling and even edited numerous online courses for telemental health. She is a certified trainer in mental health first aid and motivational interviewing. She is also certified in domestic violence facilitation, phototherapy and selective other methods that enhance client awareness. For many years she trained mental health agencies, children and family services, first responders, jails, prisons, and detention centers on mental health topics along with legal and ethical matters of relative concern to each population. As a former Chief of Probation and Probation Officer, she was responsible for training staff on mental health issues such as suicide awareness, personality disorders, substance use disorders and treatment strategies.

Joni is also a college instructor in the Sociology Department where she teaches mental health and legal issues classes. She was recently nominated and presented with the award for “Teachers Who Make a Difference” due to her engaging and dynamic style of teaching. She makes learning an enjoyable experience with her passion for the topic of using technology for mental health.



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.
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Ethics
This seminar includes 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
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.

New York Addiction Professionals: This course has been approved by OASAS for 6.25 clock hours toward Initial Credentialing for CCP Section # 3 or CPS Section # 3 or Renewal for CASAC, or CPP or CPS. Board required certificates will be sent after the program.


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.

Maine Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

New Hampshire Counselors: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

New York Counselors: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0033. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Vermont Counselors: This activity is approved by the Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners (BAMHP) for 6.0 continuing education credits.


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.

New York Marriage & Family Therapists: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0024. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

New York Psychologists: This live activity consists of 380 minutes of continuing education instruction and is related to the practice of psychology.

Vermont Psychologists: This activity is approved by the Board of Psychological Examiners for 6.25 continuing education credits.


SOCIAL WORKERS ETHICS
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PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Ethics continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

New Hampshire Social Workers: This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 Category A credits. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

New York Social Workers: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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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