Privacy Ethics and HIPAA Fundamentals for Mental Health Professionals in the Agency or Group Practice Context

Course Materials

Unit 1: Understanding The Relationship Between Professional Mental Health Ethics and Security
Unit 2: Understanding HIPAA at the Introductory Level
Unit 3: Stopping Commonly Overlooked Behaviors
Module 1 Wrap-Up
Module 2: HIPAA and Client Privacy
Unit 1: Understanding Protected Health Information (PHI)
Unit 2: Understanding Disclosures and Releases
Unit 3: Maintaining Security While Coordinating Care and Releasing Info
Module 2 Wrap-Up
Module 3: Using the Practice’s Tech In the Clinician Role
Unit 1: Support the “Circle” of Secure Information
Unit 2: Following and Supporting BYOD Policies
Unit 3: Using the Practice’s Records and Communications Systems Securely
Unit 4: Understanding the Collaborative Risk Analysis for Client Communication
Module 3 Wrap-Up
Module 4: Participating in the Practices’ Risk Management Activity
Unit 1: Understanding Security Policies & Procedures
Unit 2: Supporting Office Safety
Unit 3: Supporting Contingency Plans
Module 4 Wrap-Up
Course Wrap Up


  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. (2015). Code of Ethics . Alexandria, VA: Author.
  • American Counseling Association. (2014). ACA Code of Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.
  • American Psychological Association. (2010). American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct . Washington, DC: Author.
  • National Association of Social Workers. (2017). Code of Ethics . Washington, DC: Author.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors. (2012). Code of Ethics . Greensboro, NC: Author.
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2006). HIPAA Administrative Simplification . Washington, DC: Author.
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2013). HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule . Washington, DC: Author.

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