Your informed consent is more than just paperwork. It's a meaningful process, and it should stay current -- both to inform clients, and to protect you. This course offers a thoughtful approach to several current consent issues.
The context of professional mental health care is continually changing, and with that changing context comes a variety of new issues that therapists should consider and clients should be informed about. This course encourages you to revisit your informed consent with a skeptical eye, looking for what isn’t there. Specifically, you should be considering additional disclosures regarding legal exceptions to confidentiality beyond the “big four,” telehealth, social media, animals (including your policies about Emotional Support Animals and animals in the office), clients recording sessions, therapist emergency, therapist safety, and personal values.
1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
Describe at least two changes in the context of mental health care that suggest needs for updates to informed consent
Develop policy language related to the participant’s and their clients’ use of telehealth, social media, and digital devices in the therapy process
Integrate at least four new components into their informed consent process
1. The purpose of informed consent
a. Case law
b. Practical impact
2. Informed consent is a moving target
a. Your practice changes (location, clientele, etc.)
b. Context of practice changes
c. The world around us changes
3. New Issues to consider
a. Additional exceptions to confidentiality
c. Social media
d. ESA letters
e. Animals in the office
f. Clients recording sessions
g. Therapist emergency or incapacitation
h. Threats and harassment
i. Personal values
4. Will clients actually read it?
- Telehealth: Best Practices and Additional Resources
- Draft Language: Informed consent additions to consider
Thought provoking, empowering to bring our wisest and most ethical selves to our work.
Thought provoking, empowering to bring our wisest and most ethical selves to our work.Read Less
I found the video class excellent. It was clear, concise and understandable.
I found the video class excellent. It was clear, concise and understandable.Read Less
This was very informative. I am very happy I took this course. I know this will positively impact my style of providing informed consent with my clients.
This was very informative. I am very happy I took this course. I know this will positively impact my style of providing informed consent with my clients.Read Less
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 60 minutes.
Law & Ethics
Intermediate. This course assumes graduate-level knowledge of applicable law and the ethical requirements surrounding informed consent, and focuses on current issues that may warrant changes to that document.
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:
Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: January 27, 2020
Course Reviewed: October 26, 2020
Course Revised: January 27, 2021
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.
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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 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) 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 hour 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.
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SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.
This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.
This course is not part of our ASWB approved continuing education program.