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Harnessing the Power of Technology for Therapists

  • Saturday, June 22, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043


  • For members of other CAMFT chapters.

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Presented by Roy Huggins, LPC NCC

Event Details

Please join us and enjoy being a part of the SCV-CAMFT community. A light breakfast will be served starting at 8am, with the presentation beginning at 8:30am. Michael's is a beautiful venue with outdoor patios for breaks and eating. A lunch buffet is included with drinks and dessert. Walk-in attendees, please arrive early to complete your registration and payment.


About the Presentation

Digital technology has never before held such incredible promise for running a mental health practice and serving our clients. At the same time, however, it has never carried such a myriad of difficult-to-perceive risks around our clients’ privacy, our clinical boundaries, and potential liability for our practices.

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

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.

This is a 6 CEU presentation. 


SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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