This course presents a brief discussion of ethical challenges for all mental health professionals, including non-Florida psychologists, in the area of confidentiality. The study guide presents the limitations and responsibilities of the right to privacy of mental health and substance abuse patients.  Approved for Florida LCSW, LMFT and LMHC and for psychologists outside Florida.

FL Psychologists Note: THIS COURSE IS NOT THE CORRECT SELECTION FOR FLORIDA PSYCHOLOGISTS!!! Florida psychologists need to order the version of this course with the title. (Florida Ethics and Statutes Affecting the Practice of Psychology: Confidentiality)

Note: The content may meet requirements in other states as well please check our approvals page and your state board. Resources provided are for all fifty states.

Available as a live course. Contact us for information.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2018

Description:  This course presents a brief discussion of the ethical challenges for mental health professionals in the area of confidentiality. The study guide presents the limitations and responsibilities of the right to privacy of mental health and substance abuse patients.  Federal legislation (HIPPA and CFR 42Part Two) is also presented. Excellent ethics course for any mental health professional in U.S. and Canada.

1.  Participants will be able to identify the ethical challenges regarding confidentiality and patient rights to privacy.
2.  Participants will be able to define relevant terminology specific to confidentiality.
3.  Participants will be able to describe limitations of confidentiality.

CE Credits:  3

Hour One:  Ethical challenges to patient rights to confidentiality
Hour Two:  Terminology, limitations of confidentiality.
Hour Three:  Federal confidentiality protections for substance abuse clients.

CE Broker #:  20-64025

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Area: Ethics, Confidentiality, Legal and regulatory, Professional orientation/readiness, Risk management.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to acquaint practitioners with a refresher on ethics in the area of patient rights to privacy and confidentiality.

Target Audience:  School psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals who may work with these populations.

Program Services Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Program Services Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Program Services is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. #5978
Social Work State Licensing Board Approval Information for Continuing Education: Program Services is directly approved in Florida and Alabama for Social Workers
States that accept Program Services credits because of our national approvals: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin 
Accepts Program Services credits because we hold another state SW board approval: Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia Cross-disciplinary
States with no specified requirements/limitations or self- submit after the fact Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico 
Program Services credits not available for Social Work in these states: Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) #86395
Florida Board of Nursing FBN #2456 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling:   BAP #162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Psychology. BAP#162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Office of School Psychology. BAP#162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Certification Board, Inc. #159A
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners #0339
Georgia Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
South Carolina Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
District Columbia Board of Nursing CEBroker provider #50-1651
Allied profession approvals can be found at

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