This 5 CE combination course contains two educational requirements (medical errors and ethics and boundary issues) for individuals who are renewing licensure as a marriage and family therapist, social worker or mental health counselor in the state of Florida. This combination package is approved by the licensure board. Program Services updates licensee credit record at CE Broker.

Approved for F.S. 491 Florida Mental Health Professionals.   State-specific courses are generally not applicable to other states.

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

Revised 2024


Combination Course Description  A board-approved combination course meeting Florida license renewal CE requirements for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors.  This combo contains Preventing Errors in Mental Health Counseling and Ethics and Boundary Issues:  Confidentiality.

CE Broker #: 20-127021

Preventing Errors in Mental health Practice Description:  This two CE class provides a continuing discussion form the prior class “Behavioral Health Practice Errors” on practice errors in mental health.  Practitioners can expect to learn about patient safety, root cause analysis and error reduction and prevention.  Some highlights of the class include: identifying some of the recent quality improvement research in mental health.  In addition, JCAHO patient safety goals and the National Quality Forum’s ideas about patient safety practices are summarized; several new terms which define and describe problems and solutions are introduced.   Outcomes information from recent root cause analyses will identify critical prevention information in primary problems areas for mental health practice; namely communication, uniform standards, developing a safety culture, and documentation improvements. The class concludes with an actual latent error situation that the participant is invited to evaluate. 

1.   Participants will be able to identify three targeted problems that are a focus of quality improvement research.
2.   Participants will be able to list the five core areas identified by JCAHO for error reduction.
3.   Participants will be able to identify and discuss solutions for the three most prevalent root causes in mental health practice.
4.   Participants will be able to define, automatic and rule-based mistakes, active and latent errors, incorrect and defective information, and legally sufficient information.
5.   Participants will be able to describe a safety culture.
CE Credits: 2 (NBCC Hours - 2)
Hour One: Introduction: statistics and overview, Research present and future JCAHO patient safety goals, Outcomes of root cause analyses in sentinel events in mental health, Delays in treatment, Suicide events.
Hour Two: Safety practices, Patient safety practices, Safety cultures, Communication and documentation solutions, Practical application case study.

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

Purpose: To provide practitioners with information to reduce or prevent practice errors.

Ethics and Boundary Issues:  Confidentiality 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. This course meets the Florida content requirements for instruction in professional ethics and boundary issues. Excellent ethics course for all mental health professionals.

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 (NBCC Hours - 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.

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

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:  Social workers, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, registered interns and provisional licensees in these professions..

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CE Credits:
5 (NBCC Hours - 5)

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