Legal-Ethical Issues in Electronic Payments for Mental Health Professionals

Course Materials


  1. How do payments from clients, electronic and otherwise, impact clinical boundaries?
    • Debt and harmful dual relationships
    • Passing finance fees on to clients
    • Clients’ financial issues as a clinical matter
      • Using revolving debt to finance therapy
      • Therapist and client resistance to turning towards finance as part of health
  2. How do electronic payment services use and move confidential information?
    • What happens to client info when you run a card on your phone or tablet
    • What happens to client info when it is stored in your practice management system
    • What happens to client info when using a social cash service like Venmo
  3. What are the HIPAA and ethics-related issues that arise when using electronic payments?
    • Financial services and the HIPAA Business Associate Rule
    • Keeping client info confidential while using electronic payment services
  4. What is PCI DSS and why should I care about it?
    • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
    • Compliance standards and enforcement


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