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A Complete Guide to Ethical & Legal Technology Challenges for Mental Health Professionals
A Complete Guide to Ethical & Legal Technology Challenges for Mental Health Professionals

Where:   MADISON, WI

When:  Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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$249.99
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HILTON MADISON MONONA TERRACE
9 E WILSON STREET
MADISON, WI 53703
Phone:  608-255-5100
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Course Description:

The challenges you face are clear … If you are going to be successful in your practice, you need to adapt to your clients’ growing expectations of your technological competence. The problem is, technology is the most likely way you’ll get caught up in a legal and ethical nightmare!

Technology is changing fast. How can you keep up while protecting your professional liability and personal reputation?

Join technology wellness expert Dr. Melissa Westendorf for this essential and must-see seminar. As a psychologist, attorney and technology wellness expert, Dr. Westendorf is uniquely suited to handle the toughest questions about the legal and ethical challenges in technology today!

At this seminar, you’ll learn:
  • Strategies to effectively use social media while navigating the numerous ethical challenges it poses
  • How to avoid the serious legal landmines that are associated with email and text
  • Best practices for your website and online advertising to attract customers and stay ethical
  • How to have an effective distance therapy practice that is legally and ethically compliant
  • Top legal mistakes to avoid with electronic record keeping
Sign up today! This is one seminar that no mental health professional can afford to miss!
Objectives:

  1. Establish how to maintain ethical standards and compliance while utilizing social media technology.
  2. Consider the legal and ethical challenges posed by communicating via email and text for mental health professionals.
  3. Specify the threats that technology poses to the confidentiality and privacy of clients.
  4. Explain the legal aspects of HIPAA and how to safeguard against violations of laws.
  5. Discuss the ethical and legal issues that are unique to distance therapy and how to stay compliant
  6. Explore the ethical boundary challenges that arise when using technology.
OUTLINE

The Changing Landscape of Mental Health Today
  • Keeping Up with Technology & Professional Liability Concerns
  • Client Expectations – Are You Ethically and Legally Up to the Challenge?
Social Media and Online Advertising Ethical Challenges – (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and More!)
  • Pros and Cons of Utilizing Social Media and Website In Your Practice
  • Confidentiality and Privacy Issues (and How to Avoid Them)
  • Boundary Issues – And How to Ethically Safeguard Yourself
  • Advertising and Solicitation – Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls
  • Creating Your Social Media Policies and Procedures
Email & Texting – The Legal Landmines of Electronic Communication
  • Pros and Cons of Emailing and Texting With Clients
  • Confidentiality/Inadvertent Disclosures – Legal Concerns
  • Privacy Expectations of the Client and Maintaining Healthy Boundaries
  • Creating Your Texting and Emailing Policies and Procedures
Telehealth – Avoiding Legal & Ethical Pitfalls
  • Confidentiality/Privacy Concerns of Video Technology
  • Practicing Across State Lines – Legal Issues and Insurance Challenges
  • Client Expectations for Distance Therapy
  • Creating Your Tele-Health Policies and Procedures
Electronic Records & Going Paperless – Top Mistakes to Avoid
  • HIPAA – Electronic Records Legalities
  • File Retention, Destruction and Security
  • Cloud-Based Data – How, When and Why
  • Paperless Office Software
What the Future Holds
  • New Technology & What to Expect Next!
  • Legal & Ethical Trends
Target Audience

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

MELISSA WESTENDORF, JD, PH.D.

Melissa Westendorf, J.D., Ph.D., is a clinical and forensic psychologist and founder of the Technology Wellness Center. As a clinician, she has provided therapy to adults and adolescents in the community and within the correctional setting. Dr. Westendorf’s forensic practice is dedicated to assessing adults and youth in either the criminal justice system or in civil matters. As a technology wellness expert, she is dedicated to assisting parents, children, adolescents, and adults on understanding the complexities of technology use and the impact on our brains, emotions, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Westendorf’s legal training coupled with her clinical background enables her to work with individuals who are experiencing the legal ramifications of technology use.

As a proactive psychologist and educator, Dr. Westendorf is a keynote speaker at academic institutions, parent organizations, businesses and community groups, offering preventative tools and resources that educate others on how to manage technology use in a healthy manner. She is the co-author of Unplug! Raising Kids in a Technology Addicted World. She has served on the Committee for Legal Issues for the American Psychological Association and on the Psychology Examining Board for the state of Wisconsin. Dr. Westendorf has been appointed as an expert in high profile legal cases, featuring the psychological ramifications of technology use. Her expertise has been relied upon in a wide variety of articles, podcasts, radio segments, and television programming. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), Wisconsin Public Radio, and ABC’s 20/20. She is a monthly contributor to The Morning Blend.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Melissa Westendorf is a founder of the Technology Wellness Center. She is in private practice. Dr. Westendorf receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Melissa Westendorf is a member of the American Psychological Association.
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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.


Counselors
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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.

Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapists: This course has been submitted to the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy for review. Credit is pending.


Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.


Psychologists
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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.


Social Workers
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Other Professions
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