2019 Therapists’ Security and Privacy Update for Mental Health Practice
1 CE Hour. Continuing Education Session Replay.
Developed by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC
Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC; Liath Dalton
2019 is gearing up to be a big year for changes in the security and privacy landscape for United States mental health professionals.
The OCR is asking for feedback on their desired changes to HIPAA’s Privacy Rule! The FCC has also made changes to privacy rules for text messaging and net neutrality that will impact client privacy and may impact our ability to deliver telemental health services. Finally, Person Centered Tech has observed some trends in the ways that companies market their services to mental health professionals that may confuse the issue of what is safe and healthy for client privacy (and the professional’s HIPAA compliance.)
This introductory-level course for counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and clinical and counseling psychologists will help learners prepare to make changes in their practices in order to maintain client privacy and security needs as the legal and technological environment shifts throughout the year.
Course Developer/Primary Presenter
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.
Liath Dalton 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 Deputy Director for Person Centered Tech and runs our HIPAApropriateness review program. 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.
Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: This presentation includes interpretation of events by the presenters, and not all information reflects unanimous agreement from experts on these topics.
Conflicts of Interest: None.
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.
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