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NEW ETHICS REQUIREMENTS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018

15 Oct 2017 7:55 PM | Anonymous

In case you missed it, The Texas State Board of Examiners added a new rule for those of us who work with our clients using any type of technology.  If you provide therapeutic services by phone, text, email, Skype, FaceTime, V-see or any other video conference method, this means you.  It is now an ethical violation to provide "technology-assisted services" without proper training.  According to the Texas Administrative Code Chapter 801, "licensees may use technology-assisted services only after receiving appropriate education, training, and/or supervised experience in using relevant technology. A therapist who uses technology-assisted services must maintain documentation of academic preparation and supervision in the use of technology-assisted services as part of the therapist's academic program or the substantial equivalent provided through at least 15 hours of continuing education and 2 hours every subsequent renewal period. Licensees must comply with this subsection by January 1, 2018." 

The regulations also go into great detail in how to structure a therapy session and provide informed consent.  Read more here:

 Title 22 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 801 

The Houston-Galveston Institute has put together 15 hours of training that meet the requirements of this statute.  I have asked HGI to offer a one-time, significantly discounted rate to HAMFT that allows us to bring this training to our members.  We will be offering the 15 required CEUs over a Friday and Saturday, January 19th and 20th, 2018.  Three of the 15 hours will be web-based.  The cost per person will be $175 for both days if you register by October 31st.  In the event of inadequate interest, the workshop will be cancelled.  So sign up! Location TBD.

To register, visit our events page.

 

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