Client-Centered HIPAA Security and Technology in Mental Health: Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Practitioners (In-Person)

Portland and Mt Hood

Portland, OR (Downtown). Live and in-person. Nov 14th OR Nov 20th.
6 CE Hours. All day. Small audience & intimate setting.

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“Go beyond the checklists and learn to use technology to help clients and ourselves.”

A 6-hour training for mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and psychologists in all practice contexts to orient to a client-centered approach to security and privacy that is both well-suited to the unique needs of mental health clients and to our duties for HIPAA compliance and adherence to ethics codes. 

Benefits to Attending

  • Implement HIPAA Security standards and ethical guidelines in a client-centered way
  • Dispel the myths about HIPAA that bog down our work
  • Use email, texting, and online video appropriately with clients
  • Improve your own relationship with technology and HIPAA
  • Decide if and how to use electronic records
  • Practical, legal, and ethical considerations around digital technology in mental health

Man In Suit Raising Hands In the AirMental health clinicians foster health in our clients wherever they are in the process, and we need the correct tools to help us do that. Myths abound about legally and ethically appropriate ways to meet client desires for email, texting, and online video. We hear about the growing pressure to switch to electronic records and many of us already see value in paperless practices.

This training will take attendees from an exploration of our relationships with technology and “digital confidentiality,” through how to appropriately use that technology in our practices, and finally to a concrete demonstration of how to perform the processes required for compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule. All the while, we will learn concrete techniques and tools side-by-side with relevant ethics codes, professional guidelines, and HIPAA Security standards for digital technology in mental health care.

Go beyond just the HIPAA checklists and join a technologist/professional counselor to learn realistic, non-fear based rules of HIPAA compliance, ethics codes on technology, and how we use technology to help clients and ourselves.

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Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

This seminar is presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC, a counselor in private practice who also directs Person-Centered Tech.

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 co-authored or authored 2 book chapters, consulted with counselor licensing boards on issues relating to technology in counseling practice, and he routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice.

Before counseling, 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.

Educational Objectives

  • Communicate with clients using electronic tools in a manner that is compliant with legal and ethical standards, including HIPAA
  • Describe how the principle of “best practices” applies under a security risk management paradigm, and find how to apply it for legal and ethical practice.
  • Protect computers and mobile devices for ethical practice and HIPAA compliance
  • Use cloud services to improve client care, practice efficacy, and HIPAA compliance while adhering to ethical guidelines
  • Describe security standards like encryption and when we need them in clinical practice – legally, ethically and practically
  • Incorporate clinician and client behaviors around security/privacy into clinical practice
  • Conduct a HIPAA-compliant security risk analysis and create a security risk management plan

Vital Stats:

CE Hours: 6 NBCC-approved CE clock hours.
Total Time: The program will occur over the course of 7 hours, including a break for lunch.
Accommodations: Person-Centered Tech always strives to provide comfortable accommodations for all our attendees. We only use ADA-accessible venues and keep some seating clear to accommodate wheelchairs or special seating needs. If you have certain accommodation needs, please contact us before the event so we can plan accordingly.
Meals and Snacks: We always provide coffee, tea and water as well as other snacks during in-person live events. The exact menu will vary depending on venue. Lunch is the attendee’s responsibility, however.
Date: November 14th OR November 20th. Same program on both days.
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
511 SW 10th Ave, Suite 605
Portland, OR 97202


(by October 30th)
Licensed Professionals $99 $120

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

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ACEP LogoPerson-Centered Tech, LLC 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, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 


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