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The Basics of Technology, Structure, Ethics and the Law

Objectives:
1. Learn the definition of Telebehavioral Health Counseling.
2. An overview of the technology available.
3. Gain an understanding of HIPAA conforming technology.
4. How to evaluate, establish, and conduct TBH Counseling.
5. Ethics, risk management, and crisis response.
Telebehavioral Health Counseling (TBH) (formerly known as TeleMental Health Counseling) is the utilization of electronic methods to provide clinical services, professional training, administrative and other services that are separated by distance (different geographical locations). Services can be provided in “Real Time” (telephone or interactive video) or “Store and Forward” (transmitting data or images) for review at a later time. TBH can include text messaging, email, and other software applications that provide for data access and transfer of information. This would include storing information in the “cloud” Electronic devices that would fall under this category can be computers (PC/MAC), tablets, laptops, smart phones, and other devices that transmit data covered under HIPAA regulations.

 

About the Presenter:

Jeff Hughes, EdS, LPC, CPCS
Jeff has more than 22 years’ experience in counseling and supervision in a variety of settings, including college counseling centers, community mental health, in-patient addictions, and private practice. In 2016, he started Peak Solutions, LLC, to provide professional development training for clinicians, clinical supervision for licensure, and consultation to the helping professions. Mr. Hughes received his bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Oklahoma. After 20 years in the profession, he changed career paths and attended graduate school at the University of West Georgia. There he obtained a Master’s in Community Counseling and an Education Specialist in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Supervision. He pursued doctoral studies in Counselor Education and Supervision at Ohio University, focusing on clinical supervision, marriage & family, and multicultural issues in counseling. Mr. Hughes is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in Georgia. He is an educational provider to the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia. Mr. Hughes has presented at conferences on the local, state, regional, and national levels. He enjoys interacting with attendees during trainings. He believes we can all learn from our interactions with others in our profession and encourages discussion to add to the richness of the presentations.
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