Constructing an Ethical Approach to Private Practice in Mental Health:
A Step by Step Guide for Social Work Clinicians
Presented by Charles D. Safford, LCSW
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM each day
Friday, May 19, 2017 & Saturday, May 20, 2017
4 Ethics & 8 Core (Including 1 TeleMental Health) Continuing Education Hours
NASW Georgia Chapter Resource Room
Woodruff Volunteer Center, 100 Edgewood Avenue NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30303
Presenting a two-day program to provide the social work mental health clinician with a practical, hands-on guide to constructing and maintaining a private practice in compliance with the highest standards of ethical practice and the NASW Code of Ethics. In each phase and with each step of building a private practice, there are practical complications and challenges that intersect with laws, statutes, Code of Ethics elements, and the practical demands of establishing a viable and successful private practice. This course will examine all the nuts and bolts components involved in building a private practice while exploring where ethical traps may present themselves for clinicians in private practice.
Introduction and Overview
Introductions and establishing learning community
Goals and objectives
Operating a service based business in a market based culture: the essential conflict of values
Developing a vision statement and career management plan that helps shape the direction of an ethical private practice
Complications of opening and maintaining an ethical private practice in the era of managed care, including creating an NPI and tax ID number, getting established with NCQA, choosing the right malpractice coverage and working with managed care panels and EAP companies
Marketing your practice in a legal and ethical way
Practice complications prior to licensure at the independent level
Systems, Structures, Forms and Ethical Compliance
Understanding HIPAA, the Hi-Tech Act of 2010 and the Omnibus Act of March 2013 and what this means for your private practice infrastructure
Addressing issues of informed consent in private practice
Dealing with assessment, diagnosis, DSM-5 and ICD-10, and CPT codes in a best practices way
Billing, coding for insurers, the HCFA billing form, and addressing client relations while still getting paid
Maintaining ethical best practices records
Round the clock coverage, client communications and preparing to handle emergencies, crises and 1013s
TeleMental Health and Technology in 21st Century Private Practice
Incorporating electronic modes of client interaction for mental health services into ethical practice
Social media, internet presence and ethical practice
Emerging and Future Trends and Issues in Ethical Private Practice
- Meaningful use, best practices approaches and emerging trends in private practice
This program will include interactive scenario analysis, interactive role playing, and the practice of techniques incorporating knowledge from the presentation of material
Comprehend the complications and challenges of constructing and maintaining an ethical private practice.
Know the structural components that must be developed in order to operate a successful private practice while maintaining appropriate levels of informed consent, client privilege and privacy, and compliance with best practice guidelines for mental health practice and case records.
Learn the key complications related to the financial aspects of private practice, including dealing with payers, addressing finances with clients in an ethical and respectful way, and HIPAA compliant billing procedures.
Grasp the special complexities of interacting with clients via electronic modes of communication.
Comprehend special considering in caseload coverage, crisis management and client safety, when operating a private practice.
Charles D. Safford, LCSW, is the founder and President of yourceus.com, Inc., a knowledge company that works with professional organizations to provide continuing education curriculum to social workers and other mental health clinicians nationwide. He has over 30 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and coach, with over 20 years of experience developing and delivering best practices training programs for business and mental health audiences.
Early Bird Registration: (by May 7, 2017)
NASW Member - $175; NASW Retired Member - $150; NASW Student Member - $150; Nonmember - $250
Regular: (after May 7, 2017)
NASW Member - $200; NASW Retired Member - $175; NASW Student Member - $175; Nonmember - $275
Registration limited to 25 participants
(Pre-Registration Required - includes light lunch)
Please Note: NASW Georgia Chapter is not responsible for personal possessions of attendees during a conference, workshop, training or other Chapter hosted events.
Please note: Continuing education programs approved by NASW Georgia Chapter meet social work continuing education requirements of the Georgia Composite Board for social workers licensed in Georgia (see Chapter 135.9 Continuing Education, http://rules.sos.ga.gov/gac/135-9).
Social workers licensed/certified in another professional discipline and/or state should check with their licensure/certification/regulatory entity to determine if the above program meets their continuing education needs.