Washington SB 6061 Telemedicine Update for Therapists

1 CE Credit Hour. Legal-Ethical. Continuing Education Session Replay for Washington Licensees only

Presented By: Eric Strom JD PhD LMHC

Course Description

This course will meet new requirements from Washington State for telemedicine training taking effect on January 1st, 2021. These new requirements will mandate training that addresses (at a minimum): current state and federal law, liability, and informed consent.

Educational Objectives

  • Identify current Washington State and federal laws regarding telehealth
  • Construct effective strategies to minimize liability for telehealth services
  • Describe best practices regarding informed consent for telehealth services


  1. Current State and Federal Law (15 minutes)
  2. Informed Consent (5 minutes)
  3. Liability & Crossing Jurisdictions (15 minutes)
  4. Insurance (5 minutes)
  5. WA Laws You Need to Know (20 minutes)


Revised Code of Washington (Statutes)

RCW 18.225.105

RCW 26.44

RCW 43.70.495

RCW 48.43.735

RCW 70.96A.095

RCW 71.34.530

RCW 74.09.325

RCW 74.34


Washington Administrative Code (Regulations)

WAC 246-810-040

WAC 246-809-040


Washington Case Law

Petersen v. State, 100 Wn.2d 421, 671 P.2d 230 (1983)


Ethics Codes

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Code of Ethics, (2020), Section I.A.6

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, (2017), Section 1.04(e)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Code of Ethics (2015), Section 6.5

American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics, Section H.1.b


Policy Statements

US Department of Health and Human Services, (2020), Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency,

Washington Examining Board of Psychology, (2016), Telepsychology Guidelines,

Washington State Governor Proclamation 20-29 Amending Proclamation 20-05 (Mach 25th 2020)


1 CE Credit Hour.

Presented/Developed By

Eric Ström JD PhD LMHC is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s counseling practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans as well as providing supervision and consultation to other clinicians. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association. Eric has taught a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.

Eric earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.

Program Notices

Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: The material contained in this presentation is intended as general information and should not be considered legal advice. Due to the Washington-focused content, the CE is not offered to Ohio licensees.

Conflicts of Interest: None noted.

Commercial Support: None.

This course is subject to our cancellation/refund policy and complaint policy.

1 CE Credit Hour.

1 CE Credit Hour. Legal-Ethical. Continuing Education Session Replay for Washington Licensees only


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