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Legal and Ethical Issues Workshop: “Shh, It's Confidential": Confidentiality of Mental Health Information Under California and HIPAA Laws, by David Jensen, JD

  • 01/13/2017
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Hwy., Windsor, CA


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David Jensen, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney

Those who have attended David Jensen’s workshops in past years have been unanimous in praise of his thoroughness in exploring our complex legal and ethical considerations, while entertaining us with his humor and anecdotal material.


Course Description: 
If confidentiality is the
cornerstone of the therapist-patient relationship, it behooves therapists to have an accurate understanding of the laws that affect the confidentiality of patient information. What information must be kept confidential? What information could be shared without an authorization? How can we limit third-party access to outpatient information?  What “things” does a practitioner have to do to secure patient information to keep it confidential? In this six-hour presentation, Dave Jensen, JD will review California and HIPAA laws regarding the confidentiality of patient information.

There will be time for networking during the sign-in and the lunch break. Feel free to bring business cards and information about your therapy practice.

Learning Objectives: 
This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Compare the “building blocks” of patient information and confidentiality under California law and HIPAA.
  2. Describe the structure of California Civil Code § 56.10 and the importance of written authorizations.
  3. Explain the relationship between California Civil Code §§ 56.10 and 56.104 and why this relationship is so important for outpatient psychotherapists.
  4. Apply the categories of “T-P-O” to patient information under HIPAA.
  5.  Assess how HIPAA handles the technical aspects of confidentiality differently than California law does.

This workshop satisfies the Law and Ethics course requirement of six (6) continuing education units mandated by the BBS for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and LEPs for each license renewal cycle. Participants will be updated on changes in the law that affect professional practice.

RECAMFT CEU Provider #57173

6 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs
Lunch is included.

Mary Agatha Furth Center

8400 Old Redwood Highway,

Windsor, CA 95492

Disability AccommodationTo request an accommodation for a disability, please email

CEU CertificateYou must stay for the entire meeting, sign in and out and complete an evaluation to receive your ceu credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, an email with a link to the evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who signed in AND out of the event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print out your CEU Certificate.Course meets the qualifications for 6 hrs of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
is a CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider: License #57173. - PO Box 2732 - Santa Rosa, CA 95405
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