Why You'll Love This Course

There are two things that set this course apart: 1, It's taught in plain language by a mental health professional. Katie Malinski walks through the requirements with realism and a sense of humor. 2, The course includes a detailed handout with sample forms and checklists you can use in your process of HIPAA compliance.

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Course Description

This course reviews HIPAA requirements in plain language for mental health professionals, with an emphasis on those in private practice. Topics include Key Definitions, Risk Assessment, the Compliance File, and more. The course goes step by step through the process of becoming compliant. [Note: While the course covers legal topics, nothing in the course should be considered legal advice.]

1.5 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive).

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least four specific requirements of mental health professionals under HIPAA

  • Identify at least two areas of intersection or overlap between HIPAA and professional codes of ethics in mental health

  • Identify at least two typical problems a private practice therapist may encounter when becoming HIPAA compliant

  • Design possible solutions to those common problems, understanding their ethical implications

Course Outline

1. Overview

2. Basic Terms 

3. The Requirements

4. Risk Assessment

5. Policy and Procedure Manual

6. Other HIPAA Items

7. Compliance Record

8. Possible Solutions

9. When You 


Included Resources

  • Course handout

User Reviews

Worth every penny and more!

Stephanie Rowland

This is perhaps the most important training a therapist just beginning a private practice could take!

This is perhaps the most important training a therapist just beginning a private practice could take!

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Great value!

Sarah Welton

I enjoyed the teaching style, accuracy of the info, and handouts. Well worth the time and money!

I enjoyed the teaching style, accuracy of the info, and handouts. Well worth the time and money!

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Excellent course and presented so that I could understand the objectives.

Arleen Dee

The text was written well.

The text was written well.

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Katie Malinski, MSW, LCSW

Katie Malinski, MSW, LCSW, is a Texas-based clinical social worker and parenting coach. With 20 years’ experience, Katie helps parents see the key connections that help resolve family difficulties, strengthen the parent-child relationship, and get families back on balance and moving forward together. She also presents dynamic parenting workshops on a broad spectrum of topics, including managing difficult behavior in children, promoting self-esteem, parenting through divorce and communicating about sexuality. She trains colleagues in mental health on the process of becoming HIPAA compliant and ways of handling patient data safely. After her own experience learning about HIPAA compliance in her practice, she founded HIPAA for Therapists, LLC to provide training on the topic for therapists in private practices or agencies.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 90 minutes

Topic Area:

Law and Ethics

NAADAC Counselor Skill Group 8: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Development

Instructional Level:


Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and substance abuse counselors.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: February 19, 2019 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

Click here to see our policies on attendance, refunds, grievances, and accessibility, and other frequently asked questions.

Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1.5 hours of continuing education (1.5 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course has been approved by SimplePractice, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 1.5 Hours CE. NAADAC Provider #186410. SimplePractice is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Click here to view our complete CE approval information.