Developed and Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

CE Approvals by the American Psychological Association (APA)
and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

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It’s hard to keep up with tech and society in any area of our lives, and mental health practice is no exception! This 3-hour, introductory-level seminar will be a survey of major digital ethics and compliance issues of relevance to counselors, marriage and family therapists, counseling and clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers.

Managing a practice in the modern era has significantly increased in complexity. We get a lot of messages about paperless offices, an increasing pressure to get our client records on “the cloud,” text and email with clients, all in an array of advice and messages that leave us wondering what is ethical, legal and good for our clients and ourselves.

In this training, we will explore these questions and more:

  • Is it possible for me to go “paperless” while keeping client confidentiality intact?
  • My clients want me to take credit cards. Will I lose my shirt or violate HIPAA or ethics codes if I do?
  • Can I email or text my clients with scheduling and billing concerns without violating HIPAA or doing something unethical?
  • How does HIPAA compliance actually work?

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3 CE Hours. Live, In-Person Seminar.

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Location: The beautiful Portland Custom House, 220 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Date/Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm, March 18th (Sunday), w/ 1 hour for lunch (supplied by Person Centered Tech) followed by time for networking with colleagues
Cost: $20

Educational Objectives

  • Assess popular technologies for ethical, clinical and practical appropriateness for use with clients.
  • Employ a risk management approach to using practice technology that incorporates client needs and liability concerns in a balanced way.
  • Develop a plan to approach the 3 main steps for HIPAA Security Rule compliance.


  1. Basics of HIPAA Security Compliance
    • Cognitive-emotional norming
    • The process of compliance
    • The most important standards for mental health private practitioners
  2. Applying HIPAA standards to practice technology
    • Email, texting, etc.
    • Computers, smartphones, and cloud services
  3. Legal-ethical issues in electronic payment services
    • Online payment services
    • Credit cards and other payment cards

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Course Developer and Presenter

Roy Huggins, LPC NCCRoy Huggins, LPC NCC, is a counselor in private practice who also directs Person-Centered Tech. Roy worked as a professional Web developer for 7 years before changing paths, and makes it his mission to grow clinicians’ understanding of the Internet and other electronic communications mediums for the future of our practices and our professions.

Roy is an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Counseling program where he teaches Ethics, and is a member of the Zur Institute advisory board. He has acted as a subject matter expert on HIPAA, security and clinical use of technology for Counseling licensure boards and both state and national mental health professional organizations. He has co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice. He served for 5 years on the board of the Oregon Mental Health Counselors Association and then the Oregon Counseling Association as the Technology Committee Chair.

He really likes this stuff.

Program Notices

Accommodations: The venue is equipped with a ramp entrance (in the rear) and elevators to help ensure accessibility for wheelchairs and other assistive devices. Please email us at [email protected] if you require further accommodations.

Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement: The contents of this program are based on publications and reports from the federal Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes for Standards and Technology; consultation with experts on HIPAA Security standards and their implementation; and personal study from the program developers. Some interpretation and analysis presented is made by the presenter, in consultation with knowledgeable colleagues and expert consultants. Statements about applications to technology are according to presenter’s understanding of the technology at the time of the program. The presenter may not know how to apply all principles discussed to every technology type or product. This program discusses strategies for complying with HIPAA 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 identified.

Commercial Support: This program has no commercial support.

All events for this program will be subject to our cancellation/refund policy and complaint policy.

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ACEP LogoPerson Centered Tech Incorporated is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech Incorporated maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACEP LogoPerson Centered Tech Incorporated has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6582. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Person Centered Tech Incorporated is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

State Approvals

Person Centered Tech is an approved provider continuing education provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. CE Broker Provider #50-23706.

Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board accepts continuing education credits from providers approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health.

Person Centered Tech Incorporated is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0540.

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