This event has been cancelled due to high-speed rule changes occurring during the COVID-19 emergency

States are enacting rules that open up practice to out-of-state licensees rather quickly. We will reschedule this event when the jurisdictional practice picture is more settled.

1 CE Credit Hour. Legal-Ethical. LIVE Continuing Education Session.

Developed by: Roy Huggins, LPC NCC; Liath Dalton
Presented By: Roy Huggins, LPC NCC; Liath Dalton; Liz Knutsen, MSW

Course Description

Chain link fence with a hole in it

The increasing demand for teletherapy comes from a number of different sources, among those being:

  • Travelling clients want to maintain care with the therapist with whom they have a well-developed alliance.
  • Therapists want to travel without leaving work behind.
  • Specialists want to reach clients who need them wherever those people reside and work.
  • Not all global cultures are accustomed to mental health therapy modalities, and many nations remain under-served with regards to this form of mental health service.

There are a lot of good clinical reasons to employ telemental health for the purpose of reaching people in need. Frequently, this is where therapists run into the wall of interjurisdictional practice.

In many cases, such practice simply won’t be possible to do legally. However, that isn’t always the case.

A number of licensing boards have provisions for temporary practice, interjurisdictional compacts are expanding reach for some professions, and differences in regulatory styles across the world can make international practice possible so long as we maintain a healthy habit of managing the risks involved in doing do.

This updated introductory-level course for counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and clinical and counseling psychologists will discuss if practice around foreign jurisdictions can be legal and how it can be legal, with a survey of specific examples of temporary practice rules under some select US licensing boards and nations outside the United States.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe 3 different schemes of temporary practice provision and how they impact the learner’s ability to work with clients who are present in foreign states.
  • Use the Epstein, Becker, Green telehealth survey tool to discover licensure board rules in foreign states and how they impact work with clients in those states or therapists travelling to those states.
  • Describe 2 methods for discovering the circumstances of legal practice with clients present in nations outside North America.

Syllabus

  1. Why do we even have to worry about cross-border/interjurisdictional practice?
    • The role of licensing boards in the US
    • When and how foreign licensing board rules come into play
  2. What do I need to ask about practice in foreign jurisdictions and how do I get the answers?
    • The info items a therapist needs to know about practice in a foreign jurisdiction to determine if it is legal to work from there or with clients there.
    • A process for getting these answers from US states.
    • A process for getting these answers in nations outside the US.
    • How is this issue impacted by the PSYPACT and similar efforts?
  3. What are some concrete examples of getting this info from US states?
    • A process for discovering if temporary practice is available in a given state
    • Some specific state boards without temporary practice allowance, and how we discovered that fact
    • Some specific state boards with temporary practice allowance, and how we discovered that fact
    • What it does and doesn’t mean for temporary practice to be allowed.
    • Some specific state boards that restrict the ability of therapists to work with clients while the therapist travels out of state.
  4. What are some nations that do not disallow practice from US clinicians, and what are the risks and benefits?
    • The difference between practice being permitted and practice not being forbidden
    • Some risks and benefits of Roy’s telepractice in Japan
    • Some examples of telepractice in European nations

References

Exact citations to be used are currently TBD. Here are some likely citation sources, although there may be more or fewer at presentation time.

  • State codes for licensing boards or telehealth rules in:
    • Alabama
    • Mississippi
    • Arizona
    • Colorado
    • Maryland
    • Florida
    • Possibly others
  • Website citations for:
    • NHS in the UK
    • Possibly others

Registration Info

Date: March 13th, 2020
Time: Pacific: Noon; Mountain: 1PM; Central: 2PM; Eastern: 3PM
Where: Online via Live Webinar

This event has been cancelled due to high-speed rule changes occurring during the COVID-19 emergency

States are enacting rules that open up practice to out-of-state licensees rather quickly. We will reschedule this event when the jurisdictional practice picture is more settled.

Registration for this event is free for the following populations: Those with active access to Office Hours; Our grandfathered members.

Registration is discounted for the following populations: Those who are registered for our Telemental Health Certificate Program; Those who purchased previous editions of this educational program.

Presented/Developed By

Roy Huggins, LPC NCCRoy 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 Co-Presenters

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.

Program Notices

Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: This presentation may not include information on all applicable state or national laws. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics codes.

Conflicts of Interest: None.

Commercial Support: None.

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

Registration Info

Date: March 13th, 2020
Time: Pacific: Noon; Mountain: 1PM; Central: 2PM; Eastern: 3PM
Where: Online via Live Webinar

This event has been cancelled due to high-speed rule changes occurring during the COVID-19 emergency

States are enacting rules that open up practice to out-of-state licensees rather quickly. We will reschedule this event when the jurisdictional practice picture is more settled.

Registration for this event is free for the following populations: Those with active access to Office Hours; Our grandfathered members.

Registration is discounted for the following populations: Those who are registered for our Telemental Health Certificate Program; Those who purchased previous editions of this educational program.

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