About Person Centered Tech
Do tech and security feel like your mortal enemy?
We’re here to change that.
What if tech & security felt like helping hands in your practice that empowered you as you provide quality care to your clients?
We see tech and security as a lens to evaluate and update our operations for simplicity, usability, and cost-effectiveness. Our nontraditional approach of “yes to what you need” leverages tech in order to add value to the entire organizational and operational facets of practice ownership.
Yes to what you need.
Helping therapists legally, ethically and effectively meet their clients where they are.
For Mental health, by Mental health.
Your Center is your Clients. Our Center is You.
Client-centered care and technology can be harmonious and mutually beneficial.
We’ll show you how.
As both a tech expert and mental health counselor, Roy Huggins is the bridge from the digital world to real world client care. His clear translation of legal and technical jargon into clear and actionable information will help you apply tech and security information directly to your business and your clients’ care.
His team of PCT experts (meet them here!) are here to show you what happens when you truly understand and integrate technology into your practice. Over and over, we’ve helped clinicians find an increased efficiency and effectiveness in their practice management. The weight is off their shoulders and they can step confidently in their practice decisions.
We are here to help you too.
Legal – Ethical Responsibility of Practicing Clinicians
A core piece of our ethical duty as clinicians is to provide the most secure methods when 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 are free for everyone because they are just too important not to share.
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Client Care Comes First For You
(and you’ll come first for us)
Your focus will and should always be client care. That’s why 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 for you.
We know how important it is to save time and multitask so you can keep your tasks on admin day short and sweet. That’s why we take the key matters that are personal and pertinent to you and your specific needs and then present them in easy-to-understand ways with practical, applicable steps.
Whenever possible we will 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.
—Person Centered Tech
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 PCT’s deputy director and a co-owner. As the group practice service plan manager, Liath is especially passionate about helping group practice leaders be resourced and supported in navigating the security compliance process and identifying the solutions and processes that meet the particular needs of their practices. Liath’s consultation area of expertise is focused on selecting the right combination of services and tech that not only meet the legal-ethical needs of mental health practices, but also the functionality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness needs as well.
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, South Africa. 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. Liath is deeply committed to human rights and social justice advocacy and education — and loves that those are values shared by the whole PCT team.
When Liath is not in work-mode, she’s often found in her garden, exploring nature with her beloved dog, Skye, cooking tasty meals and listening to good music with her husband, and spending time with loved ones.
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.
Evan Dumas works in the space between mental health therapy and tech support. His aim is to help workers everywhere cope with the occupational hazards of burnout and compassion fatigue by normalizing that terrible feeling of overwhelm when things go wrong.
With a background in IT, Evan has spent time as the Oregon Counseling Association’s tech chair after Roy, while getting his MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Lewis and Clark. When he wasn’t helping counselors adapt to technology, he has given talks and workshops on burnout and compassion fatigue all around Oregon.
Outside of tech and counseling, Evan has had the pleasure of running a men’s cosmetics company, co-running a community art studio, and making a geodesic dome in his basement just for kicks. He unwinds with board games, hammocks, and cloud watching.
Elizabeth Jones helps connect mental health professionals and practicing clinicians with the powerful work done here at PCT.
As a storyteller and digital marketer, her passion is in helping people connect with one another to solve difficult problems. Being aware of the impact of words, and how they can be used for good or to cause harm, has guided her throughout her career to support organizations that make the world a little bit better. Joining a team like the one at PCT is truly a dream come true — these folks are just as delightful and genuine as they seem.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing. She spends her free time caring for her family, walking her rescued pup, Ringo, and hunting for the perfect cup of tea.
Kelly Nolot is pivotal in keeping PCT working behind the scenes. Born in southern Indiana, she joined the Navy out of high school and was stationed in San Diego as a part of the Aviation maintenance administration.
As a plank owner of the USS America, she sailed around South America through the straits of Magellan, stopping in Chile, Brazil, Peru, Cuba, and Colombia. On this sail around, she ate dinner with the Secretary of the Navy which led to becoming accidentally Facebook famous as a meme on a Facebook page for the military community.
She has an Associates in criminal justice but transferred to University of Portland in 2019 and is majoring in sociology.
Talk to her about her fascination with the brain, behavior and mental illness, and music/art therapy — or her adorable blue American Staffy named Zooey.
Skye when she is not telling Roy to get to work!
Winnie making friends at the office.