TPN Member CE Event: Teletherapy Legal-Ethical Considerations & Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19

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Teletherapy Legal-Ethical Considerations & Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19

Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

July 23, 2020 3-4pm CDT

Open to Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and related professions.

1 Ethics CE Hour

CE Description: 

The need to reach self-quarantined clients has made teletherapy explode across the US, both in terms of practice and in terms of changes to applicable law and ethics. Many states have opened up practice to clinicians licensed elsewhere. HHS has softened rules regarding HIPAA-appropriate telehealth software. Clients who may not have been seen as candidates for teletherapy before COVID-19 now have much less choice in the matter.

This presentation will explore those three areas of change and how they compare to pre-COVID times, with some guidance on how to work with them both during the emergency and as the emergency legal changes gradually lift.

Learning Objectives:

* Choose teletherapy delivery services and software that meet legal-ethical standards both during and after the COVID-19 emergency.
* Assess clients for appropriateness for video-based teletherapy during COVID-19 lockdowns, and respond appropriately when the medium is found not to be appropriate.
* Practice across state lines in the US while complying with all applicable laws and ethical considerations both during and after the COVID-19 emergency.

Speaker Bio: 

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.