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Ethical Considerations of Telemental Health Practice

Key Challenges to Providing Distance Counseling in an Ethical Manner


6 ethics or core (including TeleMental Health) continuing education hours

Presented by Charles Safford


Thursday, October 19, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center

500 Powder Springs Street, Marietta, GA  30064-3523


Presenting a one-day, six hour ethics program addressing key ethical issues in the practice of distance modes of counseling, also known as Telemental Health. This training will cover the key challenges to providing distance counseling in an ethical manner and will outline the extensive knowledge base that must be known and understood by any practitioner who wishes to provide distance counseling services. Included in this training will be important updates to HIPAA as defined by the Hi-Tech Act of 2010, and guidelines for setting up a HIPAA compliant infrastructure to engage in Telemental Health practice.

  • Understand the challenges to confidentiality and privacy posed by electronic modes of communication and the changing landscape of privacy requirements defined by the update to HIPAA known as the Hi-Tech Act of 2010

  • Comprehend the full scope of the knowledge base and essential competencies for engaging in Telemental Health practice.

  • Grasp the key components for setting up the infrastructure for providing distance counseling services in an ethical and HIPAA compliant manner, including choice of technological providers, the management of relationships with technology providers, and the most common ethical violations to occur within a Telemental Health practice.

  • Integrate the practice of Telemental Health with the key legal, ethical and clinical knowledge base that must be part of the active vocabulary of any clinician who wishes to operate ethically, including state and federal laws concerning privacy, harm prevention, rights of minors, and best practices models of ethical decision making.

To create better application of the course material to the real world practice of the trainee, this workshop will include interactive scenario analysis and interactive role playing, highlighting and incorporating the key knowledge from each section, utilizing best models of ethical decision making and introducing a template for the ethical decision making process


Charles Safford, LCSW is the founder and President of, Inc., a knowledge company that works with professional organizations such as NASW-GA to provide continuing education curriculum to social workers, professional counselors 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.


NASW Members $115 l NASW Retired Members $110 l NASW Student Members $100 l Nonmembers $155


Registration is from 8:30 – 9:00 AM; Workshop begins at 9:00 AM

Pre-registration is required to guarantee lunch


Refund Policy:     Cancellations received after September 16 will result in a $55 administrative charge

Cancellations received after September 30 will result in a $65 administrative charge


Please Note: A $40 administrative fee charged for returned checks


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,


Social workers and others 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.