Engaging in HIPAA Security and Digital Confidentiality as a Mental Health Professional
9 CE Hours. Legal-Ethical CE. Self-Study Course.
Developed and presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC
This course will help you unlock your inherent superpowers and harness the technology ninja skills that have long been dormant in you…until now!
Digital technology has never before held such incredible promise for running a mental health practice and serving our clients. At the same time, however, it has never carried such a myriad of difficult-to-perceive risks around our clients’ privacy, our clinical boundaries, and potential liability for our practices.
Both HIPAA and mental health professional ethics have laid out extensive standards and rules for handling this world of high potential reward and numerous potential pitfalls. For mental health professionals, however, applying those abstract standards to the real world of modern practice tech is a big leap. This course will not only help you make that leap with concrete guidance and help, but it will also teach simple and essential conceptualization skills that will “teach you to fish.” It will empower you to perform the necessary tasks of complying with HIPAA’s Security Rule and protecting clients and your practice.
This is a comprehensive, introductory-level course for counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and counseling and clinical psychologists to support HIPAA Security compliance with particular attention to technology and digital ethics. The course uses a combination of video, articles, and learning activities with the intention that you can apply what you learn in order to perform partial risk analysis, and to make choices around technology adoption/use that will enable you to achieve and maintain compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule and relevant ethical codes.
Roy Huggins, LPC NCC, is a counselor in private practice who also directs Person-Centered Tech. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths, and makes it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions.
Roy is an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program where he teaches Ethics, and is a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security and clinical use of technology for Counseling licensure boards and both state and national mental health professional organizations. He has co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice. He served for 5 years on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and then the Oregon Counseling Association as the Technology Committee Chair.
He really likes this stuff.
Course Materials Co-Developer
Kelly Arthur, MA, MS, NCC, LPC & LMFT Intern, CADC I is a therapist in private practice in Portland. She moonlights as Person Centered Tech’s instructional designer, drawing from a skill base that hearkens back to her former life in corporate America.
Arthur leveraged her graduate-level training and extensive experience in instructional design to create the structure, learning objectives, and review exercises for this course.
Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: The contents of this program are based primarily on publications from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, and on the ethics codes of these professional organizations: AAMFT, ACA, APA, NASW, NBCC. Contents are also guided by statements from leadership in those organizations. Some interpretation and analysis presented is made by the presenter, in consultation with knowledgeable colleagues and expert consultants. Statements about applications to technology are according to presenter’s understanding of the technology at the time of the program. The presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every technology type or product. This program discusses strategies for complying with HIPAA and covered ethics codes, and for improving security. It may not include information on all applicable state laws. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in security problems, data breaches, or non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics codes.
Conflicts of Interest: Person Centered Tech sells services and tools for HIPAA compliance, including a risk analysis tool and security policies and procedures templates.
Commercial Support: This program has no commercial support.
Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Person-Centered Tech, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6582. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Person-Centered Tech, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Pre-approved by the Texas Social Work Board (#6357) and Texas Counseling Board (#1883)
Ohio CSWMFT Pre-Approved Provider #: RCST071601
Person-Centered Tech, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0540.