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About Person Centered Tech
We are unlike many traditional compliance firms. We believe that tech & security is a lens to evaluate and update your operations for simplicity, usability and cost effectiveness and can add value to the entire organizational and operational facets of practice ownership.
Yes to what you need.
Effective decisions = Affordable + Functionable + Usable
For Mental health, by Mental health.
At Person Centered Tech we believe that client centered care and technology can be harmonious and mutually beneficial.
As a tech expert and mental health counselor, Roy Huggins, is the bridge from the digital world to real world client care by translating the legal and technical jargon into clear and actionable information that you can apply directly to your business and your clients’ care. We also believe that a welcomed side effect of understanding and integrating technology will be an increased efficiency and effectiveness to practice management.
A core part to what we believe that part of our ethical duty as clinicians to provide the most secure methods interacting with our clients on all aspects, especially in the digital world. To us, so many of these topics are so vital that we have article series that is free for everyone because they are just too important not to share. We encourage people to share our newsletter and spread the love. While tech is important, we know that your focus will and should always be client care so we are designed to help you spend as much time as possible focusing on your other clinical facets. We do the challenging and labor intensive work of filtering through the noise and constant change of technology and distilling it down to key matters that are personal and pertinent to you and your specific needs and present them in easy to understand, applicable knowledge. We also know you want to time save and multi-task so we typically provide answers in a platform where you can also earn your needed continuing education. Two birds, one feeder (no stone throwing here!) You deserve to have information that is specific to you.
Our membership model is designed to help get you access to direct consulting which is typically cost prohibitive (or unwanted at least!). In addition, PCT has a lot of resources so we provide an orientation that will help provide you a customized pathway that will work on your personal practice’s needs and comfort level with tech. We want to be centered around you.
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We stand by the services and products that we provide. Over the years, we’re ecstatic to know that the folks who use our materials are having a great time!
I’m a subscriber and appreciate your work so much!!!! … I’m invested in people finding you because I think it leads to more ethical and quality service delivery… I rely so heavily on your analysis of things that affect my practice.
Person Centered Tech has been instrumental in giving me the confidence I have needed to get back into private Practice.
I have learned so much from my membership at PCT. I want to thank you both for helping me get my online systems up and running, with all the concise information and focused support.
Thank you for your help. You guys truly do a good thing – you have created the most comprehensive place for this sort of data that I’ve found. So needed.
I have subscribed to Person Centered Tech and was with you on Monday. In one day I’ve accomplished much in feeling more secure.
I continue to be grateful for Person Centered Tech…it’s some of the best money I spend each year!
Roy you are one of the best teachers I have ever run across in my life.
I loved that the material was broken down into small manageable segments so that I could learn at my pace and take breaks as needed.
The overall vision and application of the information was relatable and NOT overwhelming.
At Person Centered Tech—you guessed it—we’re real people. We’re based in beautiful Portland, Oregon and proud of it.
Roy was an independent web developer for many years before making the transition to a therapy private practice. He quickly found that the mental health profession needed expert guidance on technology topics. Roy founded Person-Centered Tech (PCT) in 2010 after helping answer a colleague’s questions about legal and ethical use of email. His research to answer that first question exposed him to the industry’s difficulties applying the HIPAA-mandated risk assessment perspective to issues of technology
Since 2010, Roy has continuously worked to expand his understanding of his colleagues’ needs and stay up-to-date with the ever-evolving digital world. He’s also found the time to teach ethics at Portland State University, serve on the board of the Oregon Counseling Association and the Zur Institute Advisory Committee, consult with counselor licensing boards and individual therapists on issues relating to technology in therapy practice, and contribute to a number of publications.
At PCT the team highly enjoys interacting with Roy’s unique mix of geek, educator, Japanophile and counselor. So much so that we are going to begin documenting the extra nerdy quotes of the week on our Facebook page.
(Yes! Skye is telling Roy to get back to work!)
Brian spent fifteen years as a software engineer, earning an MBA and helping Roy here and there with PCT along the way. In 2015 Brian left the software industry, became a new father, and dedicated the time remaining after baby care to PCT. He takes care of taxes and accounting, contributes his own technology perspective, tries to get Roy to take some breaks, and even writes some software from time to time.
Brian really loves to talk about VPNs and remote access.
Liath is our reference librarian, deputy director and human educational compass. Liath is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies. She began her academic career at Reed College and continued her graduate work at the University of Cape Town. Liath is the President of the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, co-convener of the Beloved Community of Oregon, and formerly worked for the Harvard Pluralism Project.
Through her combination of experience evaluating products for their utility and security in regards to how they can meet risk management needs and providing guidance to members around what product options will best meet their specific practice needs, Liath has an intimate knowledge of both what the practice tech needs are for mental health professionals and what it takes for a product to meet those needs.
If Amazon knew how great Liath was, they would replace Alexa. Liath will home in on your personal needs and help provide you with a customized support plan in your orientation.
Liath – that is like Goliath – without the Go.
Nicole has her MBA in healthcare and has her Six Sigma consulting certificate. Originally from Pennsylvania, she obtained her English Degree from Penn State. She very much enjoys solutions: small ones, big ones, and easy ones, and complicated ones. She believes Post-Its and spread sheets can help fix the world.
Nicole spends her free time tinkering for solutions that will help those who care for others health and well being. She does find some time to watch “The Office,” knit, go to Blazer games, and walk her pup. Nicole has recently served as the data coordinator and fundraising manager for CorePaws, a site dedicated to placing special need animals.
Person centered tech relies on Liz for a little bit of everything …..(More like a lot of many things!) Liz is a Midwesterner at heart. Hailing from Chicago, Liz moved out to Portland in May of 2013 to complete the internship portion of her Masters of Social Work degree from the University the of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Liz’s studies concentrated in advocacy, leadership, and social change; macro level social work. This focus had lead her to work in fields such as geriatrics, preventative healthcare, domestic violence, and human rights policy reform.
Liz is currently working towards LCSW licensure in a local Portland private practice specializing in trauma informed sex therapy.
In her free time Liz likes to paint watercolors, admire street art, quote “The Office,” weight train, spend time with her foster brothers and sisters, find the best hip hop tracks and shows, and dismantle antiquated systems that limit human growth and change.
Skye when she is not telling Roy to get to work!
Winnie making friends at the office.