“Put It On The Card”: Legal-Ethical Issues in Electronic Payments for Mental Health Pros

90 minutes, Live & Interactive, NBCC-approved Continuing Education Clock Hours Available


“Can I pay you with a credit card?”

“Do you have Square?”

“Can I PayPal you the money?”

Whether your work in a traditional setting or do online therapy, the ability to take credit card payments is both increasingly important and increasingly easy to do.

Thus, we get a lot of questions here at Person-Centered Tech around how to legally and ethically accept credit cards. So we’ve put together this special topic to take our colleagues through the basic ins and outs of ethical and HIPAA-compliant use of credit cards in mental health practice.

This will be a 90-minute, live, interactive seminar presented via webinar.

We’ll answer these kinds of questions:

  • Is it HIPAA compliant to use Square, PayPal, or other easy-to-use electronic payment services? more info here…
  • Is it healthy for my clients to pay for therapy with credit?
  • Do I have to be compliant with PCI-DSS? more info here…
  • What safety and confidentiality issues do I need to inform clients about before I accept their payment cards?
  • Square and PayPal use the cloud to make payments. Is that HIPAA compliant? more info here…
  • Taking cards means I have to pay fees. Is it legal or ethical to charge those fees to my clients? more info here…
  • What are all these things? “Square?” “PayPal?”

Registration Options — None currently scheduled

This event will only be available live. You must attend live to receive NBCC-approved clock hours for this event.

Educational Objectives:

  • Create policies that allow ethical and HIPAA-compliant use of electronic payments (e.g. credit cards and PayPal) from mental health clients
  • Address security and confidentiality concerns in the use of electronic payments from mental health clients
  • Assess clients for, and collaborate with them around, the appropriateness of revolving credit as a funding source for mental health treatment

About the Presenter

roy-headshot-webThese seminars are presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC, 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 routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice.

Registration Options — None currently scheduled

This event will only be available live. You must attend live to receive NBCC-approved clock hours for this event.

Testimonials About Roy’s Presentations

Ofer Zur, PhDRoy presents a unique combination of expertise and heart… Equally important is that he is not an alarmist and he neither scares practitioners nor presents a fear-based, rigid risk management approach.Like very few others, Mr. Huggins can present with warmth and clarity on complex issues that most therapists wonder about in simple, understandable language. These topics include security and privacy of e-mails, texts, laptops, smartphones, tablets, as well as about encryption, electronic health records, and much, much more.”– Ofer Zur, PhD
APA Fellow
Director, Zur Institute
Noah RubensteinI truly can’t say enough good things about Roy’s GoodTherapy.org continuing education presentation with Ofer Zur, “HIPAA and the Future of Mental Health Practice.” Not only was Roy extremely knowledgeable on a complex, contemporary topic, but he made his presentation interesting and engaging for our members. Many thanks to Roy for this important contribution to our continuing education program!”-Noah Rubinstein, LMFT 
CEO and Founder of GoodTherapy.org
Larry ConnerRoy is a great presenter. He brings knowledge, humor, and integrity to his trainings. He has detailed technical knowledge about communication in the 21st century and he brings to that his understanding of psychotherapy and ethics.Every time I have heard him present,I have learned something new about how to manage the challenges we face as psychotherapists in the 21st century.”– Larry Conner MA LPC
Public Policy & Advocacy Chair, Oregon Counseling Association;
Past President, Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association

“I wanted to take a second to thank you.  You blended incredible depth of knowledge, sense of humor and a clear message of respect for clients and colleagues.  I learned that I have work to do to get up to speed in a number of areas but I don’t think I’m at ground zero.One of the best workshops I’ve attended in 20 years!– New Orleans, LA Training Attendee

The material covered was extremely relevant, thorough, and applicable. Value added was far beyond the cost of the training. Thank you!”– Portland, OR Training Attendee
Roy Huggins did a well-received presentation for our organization. He is unusual in his grasp of technology, clinical work, and professional ethics and in his ability to explain how they interact in our day to day practice. All this done in language that was easy to understand without being a techie, and complete with concrete, step by step approaches for maintaining confidentiality in the digital age. I highly recommend him.”– Albert J. Bernstein PhD
President, Pacific Northwest Providers

ACEP LogoPerson-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. 


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