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How to Use Technology Confidently and Ethically

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043


  • Ends May 22. Join SCV-CAMFT for discounts.


annual summer workshop

Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

Venue may change. We'll notify everyone if that happens.

Mental 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.

Educational Objectives

  • Communicate with clients using electronic tools in a manner that is compliant with legal and ethical standards, including HIPAA
  • Protect computers and mobile devices for ethical practice and HIPAA compliance
  • Use cloud services to improve client care, practice efficacy, and HIPAA compliance
  • 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


Security and the Client-Centered Health Professional
  • We are already security experts
  • Examining our “tech countertransference”
  • Applying risk assessment to security risks
  • Comfort with vulnerability in security
How We Reduce Security Risks
  • What is encryption and authentication?
  • Secure email, texting, online video
  • Cloud services o Risks on and off the Internet
  • Ethics and HIPAA law on reducing risks
Accepting and Reducing Risks With Client Collaboration
  • Security measures and work with clients
  • Patient autonomy in HIPAA and ethics
  • Communications policies as HIPAA security measure and ethical standard
Security for Records and Devices
  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
  • Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Reducing risks without clients
  • Securing computers, smart phones, and tablets
  • Password management
  • Security policies and procedures
  • HIPAA and ethical standards around record and device security
How to Comply With the HIPAA Security Rule
  • Security Risk Analysis
  • Security Risk Management Plans
  • Security Policies and Procedures Manuals

Program Goals

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

About the Presenter

Roy Huggins, LPC NCC is the Director of Person-Centered Tech, a firm dedicated to helping mental health professionals get up to speed on technology in clinical practice. He also acts as Technology Committee Chair for the Oregon Counseling Association as well as being a member of the Ethics Committee. He is an Advisory Board member for the Zur Institute, where he is the resident expert on Security and Privacy. He is also an adjunct instructor at the Portland State University Department of Counselor Education, where he teaches Legal & Ethical Issues among other courses.

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. He routinely consults with mental health colleagues on ethical and practical issues surrounding tech in clinical practice.

Event Details

Please join us and enjoy being a part of the SCV-CAMFT community. Early bird registration ends May 22! 8:30 am check-in with the presentation starting at 9:00 am. Walk-in attendees, please arrive early to complete your registration and payment.

Registration: Register and pay online with a credit card, PayPal, or check. Please allow 10 days to process check payments. Mail checks to: SCV-CAMFT, P.O. Box 60814, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Walk In Registration: If space is available you can register as a walk-in. The registration price increases by $30 for this option. Continuing Education: SCV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs (CAMFT CE Provider #052466). SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science. This presentation is suitable for all clinical levels. Certificates: To obtain your certificate, you must sign-in and sign-out at the event and complete a program evaluation. These are CAMFT requirements. You will be emailed a link to the evaluation within a week after the event. Upon completion of the evaluation, you will have access to the certificate. You must add your name and license number to make it official. This link will be active for 2 weeks after the email is sent. Cancellations: Refunds will be issued, minus a $30 administrative fee, if a request for cancellation is received by the Monday before the event. No refunds will be issued if a request for cancellation is received after the Monday before the event. To cancel, please send an email to mail@scv-camft.org or call 408-721-2010. Refunds will be issued within ten (10) business days. Accommodations for Disability: The Santa Clara Valley chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at mail@scv-camft.org or 408-721-2010. Requests must be made one week in advance. Grievance Policy: Any concern or grievance can be put in writing and emailed to the chapter coordinator at mail@scv-camft.org.

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