Telehealth: Law & Ethics, Technology, and Best Practices for Connecting with Your Clients
Lisa Wenninger, MBA, MA, APCC, NBCC, BC-TMH
RECAMFT is hosting this session covering the new BBS mandate for 3 hours of telehealth training. If you did not complete a minimum of three hours of coursework in telehealth as part of your qualifying graduate degree, then you'll need to take a training like this before your first BBS license renewal on or after July 1, 2023.
This course is designed to satisfy the requirements of California AB 1759 (Chapter 520, Statutes of 2022), which goes into effect on July 1, 2023. Based on this new law, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences requires current license holders and future applicants for licensure to have completed three hours of training in the provision of mental health services, including law and ethics related to telehealth.
Note: An on-demand version of this training will be available around June 1st. If you know you cannot attend the "live" training on Zoom on May 13th, please do not sign up for this event; instead, wait for the on-demand program to be published and you can purchase it then.
In many ways, providing therapy through Zoom or other online options is similar to working with a client in person – except when the technology glitches out, or the client is in crisis. Are you prepared for these situations? This course offers specific guidance on the legal requirements and practical considerations for providing therapy by telehealth in California, including informed consent, assessing appropriateness for telehealth, telehealth across state lines, HIPAA and confidentiality, and documentation. You’ll learn about important safety plans that should be prepared for each client, along with suggestions for implementing a simple technology failure protocol. The focus will be on best practices for two-way video therapy conducted on Zoom or other platforms, though all telehealth modalities will be discussed.
This course covers the California laws for delivery of telehealth by LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (and their respective interns and associates), along with ethical requirements established by professional associations including CAMFT, ACA, etc., and a focus on client safety and unique considerations for clinical care via telehealth.
Assess a prospective client for suitability for therapy via telehealth.
Identify 3 requirements for documenting telehealth sessions with clients.
Name 3 components of a client telehealth safety plan.
Explain when telehealth is permitted across state lines.
Describe 2 ways that telehealth may increase equity in mental health and support social justice.
- Apply an ethical decision-making model to common scenarios that uniquely arise in the provision of telehealth.
Participants will receive 3 CEs for this course, to satisfy the new BBS mandated telehealth training for all licensees and applicants that goes into effect on July 1, 2023. The BBS states that participants can also count the course toward the required 36 hours of continuing education needed to renew their license, as long as the course was completed after their last renewal.
- $45 - RECAMFT Licensed Members and Licensed Members of Marin CAMFT (if registering under reciprocal benefits, your Marin CAMFT membership number is required with registration)
- $23 - RECAMFT Pre-Licensed Members and Pre-Licensed Members of Marin CAMFT
- $28 - Prelicensed Non-RECAMFT/Non-Marin CAMFT Members
- $55 - General Admission (open to the public, non-members of CAMFT)
*Please note that once you have registered for this event, you will receive a link to register for the Zoom Webinar. Please follow the instructions in that email in order to get your personalized Zoom Join Link which you will need to get access to the event.
About Lisa Wenninger
Lisa Wenninger (she/her) is a CCE Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) and received the 2022 CCE Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider training award by the NBCC Foundation. She is in her second-year doctoral program in Counselor Education & Supervision at Antioch University, with a research focus on antiracist skills in counseling, and coursework and experience in teaching teletherapy skills to counseling students. Lisa was herself trained in telehealth starting in early 2019 in her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. As an online-by-design program with a synchronous delivery format, Northwestern has leveraged Zoom and other online technologies to train new clinicians since 2014.
Lisa has an MBA from Columbia and extensive experience in technology from a 20-year career in software development before becoming a therapist. Lisa is a California APCC and a National Certified Counselor. Her orientation is psychodynamic and attachment focused. Lisa's clinical website is https://theworkiswithin.com
Zoom Meeting - please make sure you register with Zoom for your Personal Zoom Join Link, using the instructions provided in your RECAMFT confirmation email.
Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT (Provider #57173) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
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CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) 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.