This course will review current standards of care that all clinicians need to maintain in order to avoid board complaints or civil lawsuits, and to keep their licenses. By outlining 26 specific ways in which therapists need to pay close attention to their practice, this course ensures participants are equipped to understand the ethical, legal, and clinical risks impacting them. Topics will also include some of the complex issues related to therapists engaging with clients via texting and social media, and some of the main ethical considerations surrounding Telehealth.
1.5 Hours CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)
Differentiate between ethical, legal, clinical, and risk management aspects of cases
Describe the three most common complaints of state licensing boards filed against licensed psychotherapists and counselors
Identify at least three of the more common ethical challenges for telehealth practices
List at least four ethical considerations and challenges for mental health professionals surrounding technology and social media
1. Standard of Care
a. Defining Standard of Care
b. Selected myths about Standard of Care
2. Protecting your License
a. What to avoid doing
b. Taking proactive steps
3. Concerns in Telehealth
a. Crossing states’ lines
b. Consent form
c. Verification of clients
e. Unsuitable clients
f. Risk of boundary violations
g. Technical disruptions; Privacy & Security
4. Pandemic impact on psychotherapy
5. The myth around civil malpractice lawsuit
6. Other Issues/topics
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 93 minutes.
Law and Ethics
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. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:
After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists
Publication and Review Dates:
Course Published: May 3, 2022
Financial Support Statement:
SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial 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 1.5 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, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2021 – 07/06/2024. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education credit in the Ethics topic area.
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 LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0030.
SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0091.
SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0206.
This course is not part of our NAADAC-approved continuing education program.