Having a licensure complaint or lawsuit filed can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for a clinician; therefore, learning the things to do (and not do) in order to avoid these experiences is ideal.
This training will help mental health practitioners avoid possible risks that might lead to a complaint being filed against their state license(s) or having a lawsuit filed against them.
This course is ideal for:
- Any mental health practitioner who holds a state or national license in counseling, psychology, social work, marriage and family therapy, or substance use
- Masters students who are not yet licensed but aspire to be licensed in the future
- Mental health practitioners of all skill levels, as it contains information useful to the advanced clinician who is navigating the world of telemental health all the way to the novice practitioner in training who is looking to gain insight about the things that they can do to help prepare them to offer the best and most ethical services to future clients.
With the increase of telemental health services being offered in recent years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen many mental health practitioners utilize platforms that they were unfamiliar with and ill-prepared to use. Additionally, many state licensing boards had gaps in their laws and guidelines about how to navigate these telemental health services. As a result of these things, licensed clinicians nationwide have found themselves in uncharted territory and at risk with their ethical and legal codes. This course provides insight and clarification on how to utilize the best ethical decision-making processes for practitioners to remain safe and free from complaints and lawsuits.
Those who attend can expect to gain insight about the common behaviors and decisions that lead to complaints and lawsuits being filed. They will learn about ways to utilize telemental health services in safe and ethical ways. Attendees will also demonstrate understanding of how to establish boundaries with clients on various electronic platforms (e.g., social media, email communication, text).
This course will provide information that will allow you to keep yourself safe and ethically sound when working with clients via telemental health formats. Clients are demanding more telemental health services from mental health providers, which means that providers need to make the necessary adjustments to learn how to provide such services in a way that meets client needs as well as uphold the professional standards of their licensure boards. This course will help you to navigate these paths in a clear and comprehensive way.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
Instruction consists of 2 hours of video instruction and a post-test.
From the time of registration, you have six months to access the coursework.
Upon completion of this training, professionals will be able to do the following:
Identify common behaviors/decisions that lead to complaints being filed against their state license(s).
Utilize telemental health services in safe and ethical ways.
Establish boundaries with clients on various electronic platforms (e.g., social media, email communication, text)
Ofer Zur, Ph.D., is the founder of the Zur Institute. He is a licensed psychologist, instructor, forensic and ethics consultant, and expert witness in Sebastopol, CA. His writing and teaching in the US and abroad focus on ethics, critical thinking, boundaries, dual relationships, managed-care-free private practices, victims, psychology of war, and psychology of gender. For many years he taught at graduate schools, such as the CSPP (Alameda, CA) and CIIS (San Francisco, CA). His books include Dual Relationships and Psychotherapy (2002, co-edited with Arnold Lazarus) and HIPAA Compliance Kit (2003, Revised 2016, 2018). His book, Boundaries In Psychotherapy, was published in 2007 by APA Books. His latest book (2017) is Multiple Relationships in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Unavoidable, Common and Mandatory Dual Relations in Therapy, published by Routledge.
Credit Hours: This course consists of 2 non-contact hours.
Counselors: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No, 6693. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0048. Approval renewal date: 1/31/2026
Marriage and Family Therapists: Many MFT licensing boards accept our courses or one of the approvals which we have from professional associations. You can check with your board to determine if this course would be accepted by your licensing board.
Social Workers: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC, #1609, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/02/2021 – 05/02/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical continuing education credits.
Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC 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-0435. Approval renewal date: 2/28/2026
Addiction Professionals: Telehealth Certification Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, provider #193104. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.
Psychologists: Telehealth Certification Institute LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Telehealth Certification Institute LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0128. Effective 8/31/2021 – 8/31/2024
Art Therapists: Telehealth Certification Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0093. 7/21/2021 – 7/31/2024
Other Professionals: This activity qualifies for 120 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course.
To receive your certificate of completion you must complete the course in its entirety.
To complete an Online Self Study Course, one must register, log in, select the My Courses option from the menu items, click the Course Title, complete all of the modules, complete and pass the post-test(s), and complete the course evaluation.
A grade of at least 80% or more is required to pass the post-test. Retaking the post-test is possible until the participant is able to pass the test.
Psychologists and other professionals seeking CE credit through our approval with the American Psychological Association are asked but not required to complete the course evaluation before obtaining their certificate of completion, however passing a post-test for online self-study courses, and submitting one's attendance for live on-site and live webinars is required.
You can download or print your certificate of completion by logging into your account, navigating to the course by selecting the My Courses option from the menu items, clicking the Course Title, scrolling to the Certificate of Completion section, and clicking on the Certificate of Completion link to either download it or print it.
Participants may request a printed version of their certificate of completion to be delivered by mail. A shipping/handling fee of $6.95 will be charged per request. Shipping internationally may require an additional charge.
Directions for completing a course can be found by clicking here.
This course is intended for clinicians who provide behavioral health services.
This is a non-interactive, self-study course. Teaching methods for this course include recorded lectures, videos, a post-test, and a course evaluation.
This course was recorded 6/2/23