HIPAA Security and Technology in Mental Health: A Client Centered Approach

Presented and developed by Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Mental health clinicians work to foster health in our clients wherever they are in the process, and we need the correct tools to help us do that. Myths abound about legally and ethically appropriate ways to meet client desires for email, texting and online video.  We hear about the growing pressure to switch to electronic records and many of us already see the value in paperless practices.

This training will take attendees from an exploration to our relationships with technology and "digital confidentiality," through how to appropriately use that technology in our practices, and finally to a concrete demonstration of how to perform the processes required for compliance with HIPAA Security Rules.  All the while, we will learn concrete techniques and tools side-by-side with relevant ethics codes, professional guidelines, and HIPAA Security standards for digital technology in mental health.

Go beyond the HIPAA checklists and join a technologist/professional counselor to learn realistic, non-fear based rules of HIPAA compliance, ethics codes on technology, and how we use technology to help clients and ourselves.

Educational Objectives:

  • Communicate with clients using electronic tools in a manner that is compliant with legal and ethical standards, including HIPAA
  • Protect computers and mobile devices for ethical practice and HIPAA compliance
  • Use cloud services to improve client care, practice efficacy, and HIPAA compliance
  • Describe security standards like encryption and when we need them in clinical practice-legally, ethically and practically
  • Incorporate clinical and client behaviors around security/privacy into clinical practice
  • Conduct a HIPAA-compliant security risk analysis and create a security risk management plan.
Benefits to Attending

  • Implement HIPAA Security Standards and ethical guidelines in a client-centered way
  • Use email, texting, and online video appropriately with clients
  • Decide if and how to use electronic records
  • Practical, legal and ethical considerations around digital technology in mental health
  • Improve your own relationships with technology and HIPAA
  • Dispel the myths about HIPAA that bog down your work

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

6 Law and Ethics CEs.

Cascadia Training is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Cascadia is also approved by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State approved clock hour offering workshop."

Roy Huggins, LPC, NCC

Roy Huggins earned his BA from Grinnell College with a major in music.  In an interesting twist of fate, his studies in music lead straight in to professional Web development as co-owner and manager of TUG Internet Specialists, a Web development and consulting firm in Grinnell, IA.  After a couple years, the firm broke up and Roy moved in to a solo career, where he not only built websites and internet-based software systems, but consulted with clients on marketing concerns both practical and ethical, web-based business plans and web presence expansion.

In 2007, Mr. Huggins received his Masters of Science in Counseling.  He spent 3 years in Sapporo, Japan where he practiced on weekends, then returned to Portland, OR and set up a full-time practice in 2010.  That practice continues today.

Roy has since done consulting and training on digital ethics issues for hundreds of health care colleagues as well as teaching a class on building websites for mental health private practices.  Roy is now the Tech Committee Chair for the unified Oregon Counseling Association, a member of the Zur Institute Advisory Board, and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University's Department of Counselor Education.

In addition to clinical practice, Roy's work is focused on helping colleagues clinicians to navigate the modern digital world both ethically and effectively, with "conscientious courage" so that we can meet the people we serve where they are in safe and useful ways.

To get more information about Roy:  www.personcenteredtech.com

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