2 CE Credit Hour Live and Recorded Training on Cross-Jurisdictional Teletherapy and Licensure Compacts

Legal-Ethical Cross-Jurisdictional Practice in the Age of Teletherapy & Licensure Compacts, 2024 Edition
presented by Eric Ström, JD, PhD, LMHC
2 legal ethical CE credit hours

March 1, 2024
9 AM Pacific | 10 AM Mountain | 11 AM Central | Noon Eastern 
 

It’s the age of teletherapy. Even though the worldwide public health emergency due to COVID-19 has ended, teletherapy has radically transformed the delivery of clinical services; teletherapy continues to be the preferred choice for care delivery of many clients and clinicians alike. While telehealth technologies have provided us with some powerful tools to meet client needs, many behavioral health professionals are unsure of the rules and standards that apply when telehealth crosses jurisdictions.

Some questions we will address in this year’s cross-border practice course:

  • Which states or nations will allow me to work with clients within their borders? 
  • Will my own state allow me to work outside its borders?
  • Can I travel out-of-state and work with clients back home?
  • How do I find out if a state allows practice from out-of-state?
  • How do PSYPACT, the Counseling Compact, and the Social Work Compact affect my ability to reach clients across borders?
  • What risks do I need to manage when working across states?

Live Event

CE Credit Hours

When therapists and clients can meet just about anywhere they have a decent internet connection and a private space, the existing system of cross-border practice jurisdiction may seem like an artifact of a bygone era — and one that stands in the way of access to care and continuity of care.

Despite the frustrations that stem from this state of affairs, there’s a lot of good news around cross-jurisdictional practice! Even before COVID pushed us all into teletherapy, opportunities for legal, cross-jurisdictional practice were much greater than most therapists realized. In this “age of teletherapy,” those opportunities are only increasing – especially as licensure compacts expand, and recently formed licensure compacts are soon to go into effect. 


This 2 hour law & ethics seminar is designed to present an update on the current considerations for how to legally and ethically navigate cross-jurisdictional teletherapy practice.  In particular, we will address licensure compacts, temporary practice permission provisions, and discuss recent state rules laws and court cases that help in navigating cross jurisdictional teletherapy practice.

Who is this event for?

This updated introductory-level course for counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and clinical and counseling psychologists will discuss the vicissitudes and rapidly shifting landscape of cross-jurisdictional practice in the post-COVID “age of teletherapy.”

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  Hybrid Practices

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Plus a helpful handout to help you perform your due diligience! 

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Legal Perspective

Identify the evolving legal standard regarding cross-jurisdictional telehealth. 

Strategies for Care

Construct effective strategies to support client continuity of care across state lines

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Risk Evaluation

Describe why cross-border practice might be illegal and 2 legal risks that accompany unpermitted cross-border practice

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Clinical Risks

Evaluate the clinical risks and benefits of providing telehealth services across jurisdictions

Licensure Compacts

Describe different schemes of cross-jurisdictional practice permission and how they impact the learner’s ability to work with clients who are present in foreign states

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Course Details

2 CE Credit Hour. Self Study

Title: Legal-Ethical Cross-Jurisdictional Practice in the Age of Teletherapy & Licensure Compacts, 2024 Edition

Authors/Presenters: Eric Ström, JD, PhD, LMHC
CE Length: 2 CE credit hours, legal-ethical
Legal-Ethical CE Hours: 2 legal-ethical CE hour 

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify the evolving legal standard regarding cross-jurisdictional telehealth
  • Describe why cross-border practice might be illegal and 2 legal risks that accompany unpermitted cross-border practice
  • Construct effective strategies to support client continuity of care across state lines
  • Evaluate the clinical risks and benefits of providing telehealth services across jurisdictions
  • Describe different schemes of cross-jurisdictional practice permission and how they impact the learner’s ability to work with clients who are present in foreign states

    Syllabus:

    • Why do we even have to worry about cross-border/interjurisdictional practice?
    • The role of licensing boards in the US.
    • When and how foreign licensing board rules come into play
    • Concrete risks in illegal cross-border/interjurisdictional practice.
    • Coaching vs. Counseling
  • 3 Types of Cross-Border Practice
    • Client is in a foreign jurisdiction
    • Therapist is in a foreign jurisdiction
    • Client and therapist are both in foreign jurisdictions
  • Getting answers about practice in foreign jurisdictions
    • The info items a therapist needs to know about practice in a foreign jurisdiction to determine if it is legal to work from there or with clients there
    • A process for getting these answers from US states
    • A process for getting these answers in nations outside the US
    • Documenting due diligence and permission to practice
  • Current and Future Efforts to Reduce Interstate Practice Barriers
    • PSYPACT
    • The Counseling Compact
    • The Social Work Compact
  • Working with clients in foreign nations
    • The difference between practice being permitted and practice not being forbidden.
    • A demonstration of finding potential information sources in nations where government websites are not written in English, or where information about practice licensure/registration is not findable.
    • What about clients on US military bases?
  • Working with clients in US states where one is not licensed
    • Some specific state boards without any temporary practice allowance of any kind, and how we discovered that fact.
    • Some specific state boards with temporary practice allowance rules, and how we discovered that fact.
    • Some specific state boards that restrict the ability of therapists to work with clients while the therapist travels out of state.

    Meet Our Presenters

    Presented by

    Eric Strom JD PhD LMHC

    Barbara Griswold, LMFT

    Eric Ström JD PhD LMHC, is an attorney and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, Washington. As an attorney, Eric provides legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to mental health professionals. Eric’s counseling practice is focused on providing counseling services to combat veterans as well as providing supervision and consultation to other clinicians. Eric currently serves on the American Mental Health Counselors Association Ethics Committee, and is the ethics advisor for the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association. Eric has taught a range of courses in counseling and professional ethics at a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs.

    Eric earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Oregon State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Northwest School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Seattle, graduated cum laude from Wayne State University School of Law in Detroit Michigan, attended the Hague Academy of International Law in the Hague Netherlands, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Michigan.



    Liath Dalton is PCT’s director and a co-owner. Liath is especially passionate about helping therapists be resourced and supported in navigating the security compliance process and identifying the solutions and processes that meet the particular needs of their practices. Liath’s consultation area of expertise is focused on selecting the right combination of services and tech that not only meet the legal-ethical needs of mental health practices, but also the functionality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness needs as well.

    Resources & Citations

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    Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: This program discusses strategies for complying with HIPAA, state rules in general, and covered ethics codes. It may not include information on all applicable state laws. Misapplication of the materials, or errors in the materials, could result in security problems, data breaches, or non-compliance with applicable laws or ethics codes.

    Conflicts of Interest: None noted

    Commercial Support: None.

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