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I/DD Professional Webinar - Ethical Consideration with Telehealth: Best Practices

August  13, 2021

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Central)


Registration Fee:  $10 (payment must be made online at time of registration)

Format:  You will receive a link to the Zoom webinar and instructions a few days prior to the training, if your registration fee has been paid. The email will come from or so please be sure to add these email addresses to your safe/white list or check your Junk/Spam folder if you cannot find the email in your inbox.

Presenter: Ruth Lipschutz, LCSW, ACSW, is the Director at the Attunement Center, a private practice in Evanston, IL. She is a seasoned clinician and professional speaker, whose expertise ranges from ethics, trauma, gender, addictions and mediation.  Her background in community mental health, school settings, private practice, and involvement with the National Association of Social Workers, all augment her extensive training catalog. 

Overview: COVID-19 has resulted in many more mental health professional utilizing Telehealth. Telehealth includes the use of any information technology to deliver services (PC, laptop, tablets, cell phones, storage modalities, etc.). Practitioners do not need to be doing distance therapy to be involved in telehealth. Any use of electronically mediated devices for communicating, receiving or storing clinical information is practicing telehealth. This includes emails, texts, online scheduling or intake, use of social media sites and arrangements with business associates for billing or other purposes.

Best practices in telehealth require clinicians to be aware of a new range of clinical, legal and ethical considerations. Telehealth competence requires all the skills necessary for effective in person treatment along with an additional expertise. This training will address critical issues including confidentiality, informed consent, HIPAA standards, licensing requirements and social media policy. Whether you are able to choose your own mediums of communication or need to utilize an employer’s, all mental health providers need to this knowledge to protect clients, agencies and themselves.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal standards for practicing telehealth, including HIPAA requirements.
  • Understand the multiple mental health applications of telehealth technology.
  • Effectively utilize telehealth for both in-person and distance therapy clients.
  • Develop best practice protocols to assess appropriateness’ for service, ensure client safety and protect confidentiality.
  • Determine best practice use of social media and develop an effective social media policy.

Continuing Education Credits:

3.0 CEU’s are available for LCSW, LCPC, LSW, LPC, and QIDP

All other professionals are encouraged to check with their respective licensing boards for questions about whether this workshop meets criteria for continuing education credits.

Following the event, attendees will receive an email with a link to the online evaluation to complete. Evaluations open within 2 business days post-event and remain open for 10 days. All attendees MUST complete the online evaluation in order to receive a CEU certificate, no exceptions. Once the evaluation response window closes, CEU certificates will be emailed. This process takes approximately 3 weeks following the event. 

Cancellation/Refund Policy:  The registration fee is non-refundable.


Professional development workshops are sponsored by a partnership between the Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park TownshipRiveredge Hospital, and Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare System.