Digital Confidentiality According to Professional Ethics and HIPAA: A Heart-Centered Approach Level I

Course Materials

Emotional Norming
Security & Meeting Clients Where They Are
Risks, Vulnerabilities and the Mental Health Professional
Ethical and Legal Context for Security Risk Management
Norms of Communication and Privacy Have Changed in Last 10 years
Reducing Risks and Accepting Risks
Chapter 1. Mental Health Professionals and Confidentiality Risks
Chapter 2. Reducing, Accepting, and Collaborating on Risks in Communication with Clients
Technical Security Measures for Communications Tech (Email, Texting, etc.)
Accepting Risks
Informing Clients of Risk
Risk Analysis: The Internet
Collaborative, People-Centered Security Measures for Communications Tech (Email, Texting, etc.)
Chapter 3. Legal/Regulatory Concerns in Communications with Clients
HIPAA and You!
HIPAA and the POTS Exception
HIPAA Business Associates and Email
HIPAA Business Associates
HIPAA Business Associates and the Conduit Exception
HIPAA Business Associates and Clients


Below are the works that are cited in this course. If you are looking for resources to assist you in using the information you learned in this course, we suggest you click here for the Resources page.

Course References

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. (2015). Code of Ethics . Alexandria, VA: Author.
  • American Counseling Association. (2014). ACA Code of Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.
  • American Psychological Association. (2010). American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct . Washington, DC: Author.
  • National Association of Social Workers. (2008). Code of Ethics . Washington, DC: Author.
  • National Board for Certified Counselors. (2012). Code of Ethics . Greensboro, NC: Author.
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2006). HIPAA Administrative Simplification . Washington, DC: Author.
  • US Dept. of Health and Human Services. (2013). HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule . Washington, DC: Author.

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