This course presents a brief discussion of the ethical challenges of practicing psychologists in the area of confidentiality. One CE of statutes that pertain to the practice of psychology in Florida is also included.
Note: This is a Florida Board of Psychology approved a 3CE course that meets the ethics and statutes content requirements for license renewal for Florida psychologists. 
491 Licensed Professionals Note: This is not the correct course for LCSW, LMFT or LMHC.  Please order the version of this course with the title. (Ethics and Boundary Issues: Confidentiality)

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Approvals are listed in this course description.  State-specific courses are generally not applicable to other states.

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

Revised 2018

Description:  This course presents a brief discussion of the ethical challenges of practicing psychologists specific to confidentiality.  The APA Code of ethics is reviewed as it pertains to 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.   The course concludes with an update regarding Florida law affecting the practice of psychology.  This course meets the Florida content requirements for instruction in professional ethics and Florida statutes and rules affecting the practice of psychology. 

1.  Participants will be able to identify 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 the limitations of confidentiality.
4.  Participants will be able to articulate the Federal confidentiality protections for substance abuse clients.
5. Participants will be able to describe the APA ethics guidelines regarding protecting patient confidences.
6.  Participants will be able to describe recent changes to statutes and regulations affecting the practice of psychology in Florida.

CE Credits: 3

Hour One:  Some challenges re patient rights to confidentiality.  Confidentiality and privilege., What are the limits of confidentiality?  Healthcare reform impacts.
Hour Two:  Protections for substance abuse clientsra under 42C.F.R., APA principles and standards that address confidentiality.,  Malpractice and informed consent.
Hour Three:  Update on Florida statutes and regulations for psychologists.

CE Broker#:  20-328870

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

Content Area: Ethics, Legal and regulatory.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to further psychologist’s efforts to protect client confidentiality rights and fulfill the duty of client privilege.  Psychologists will also be updated on recent Florida laws and rules as they affect the practice of psychology.

Target Audience: Psychologists

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.
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