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Mon, Mar 23


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NASW-GA 2-Day Tele-Mental Health Course

This 2-day workshop is being offered so LCSWs and LMSWs can provide appropriate professional services to those they serve by means of technology during this public emergency - (COVID -19 pandemic). Those who participate in the course will receive 8 webinar CE credits along with a certificate.

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NASW-GA 2-Day Tele-Mental Health Course
NASW-GA 2-Day Tele-Mental Health Course

Time & Location

Mar 23, 2020, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location is TBD

About the Event

*NASW-GA Hosting a 2-Day Tele-mental Health Course 

Over the past few days, we have received numerous inquiries about how to deliver counseling/therapy to clients as a result of the COVID 19 (coronavirus). In response to these inquiries, NASW-GA will host a 2 -Day Telemental Health Training. Here are the training details: 

Date: Monday, March 23rd (4.5 hrs.) and Tuesday, March 24th (4.5 hrs.)

Course Timeframe: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Both days) | 30 Minute Break

Course Start- Time: 9:00 a.m. 

*Break: 12 noon – 12:30 p.m.

Course Reconvenes: 12:30 p.m. – 2p.m.

*Both days of the conference will include interactive scenario analysis, interactive role-playing, and the practice of techniques incorporating knowledge from the presentation of material 

Registration will end at 3 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020

This course is open to other Mental Health professionals. Other Mental Health Professionals must verify with their Professional Standard Association if this course meets the requirements for the rules and regulations of their profession. 

Format: Live-streamed by means of the GoToMeeting Platform (Connection Directions provided with Registration)

GOTO Meeting Desktop or Laptop Compatibility Test Link: 

Fees: NASW-GA Members $60.00 | Non-members $85.00

         Tele-mental Health Workbook Available for Purchase  

          ■ $20 for NASW-GA members & for people who attend the training 

          ■ $40 for those NOT attending the Telemental Health Training 

CE Credit: 8 Webinar CEs

This 2-day workshop is being offered so LCSWs and LMSWs can provide appropriate professional services to those they serve by means of technology during this public emergency - (COVID -19 pandemic). Those who participate in the course will receive 8 webinar CE credits along with a certificate of completion indicating compliance with Rule 135-11-.01 TeleMental Health as adopted by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage Family and Therapists.


Charlie Safford, LCSW is the founder and President of, Inc., a knowledge company that works with professional organizations such as LPCA and NASW GA to provide continuing education curriculum to social workers, professional counselors and other mental health clinicians nationwide. He has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and coach, with over 25 years of experience developing and delivering best practices training programs for business and mental health audiences. 

Ken Scroggs, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, CEAP, DCC is the founder and President of North Pines Center and EAP Works. He has over 40 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and coach, extensive experience in training development and training in the field of mental health

Course Description 

Presenting a nine-hour conference over two days on how to provide best practices telemental health (TMH) counseling from the point of pre-screening clients for the appropriateness of this service delivery model to assessment, through individual sessions, to the point of termination, including important ethical issues related to privacy and confidentiality using e-communication devices. This program will provide the trainee with experiential learning using best practices forms, templates, systems and structures for ethical telemental health practice and prepare the trainee for engaging in competent TMH practice. 

Course Objectives 

- Understand the definitions, provisions, and requirements for Telemental Health set forth by the Office of Health and Human Services, HSS (HIPAA and High-Tech Act, Final Omnibus Rule of March 2013), the guidelines set forth by NASW, LPCA and EAPA, and technical guidelines as established by the American Telemedicine Association and the International Society for Telemental Health Online.

- Grasp the competencies necessary for providing ethical practice within today’s high-tech world including the use of cellular telephones, emails, video conferencing and related technologies. 

- Comprehend the importance of confidentiality of our client’s protected health information, PHI, to ensure maximum security while minimizing exposure to litigation for outdated practices and/or “willful neglect”. 

- Identify specific client groups that may necessitate the use of TeleMental Health services.

- Know the indications and contraindications of client selections for the possible provision of Distance Counseling services based on their diagnosis, technical skills, and other important factors. 

- Comprehend the components of the ethical decision-making process, including the stage of ethical decision making, models of ethical decision making, and the ethical decision process worksheet, as applied to the ethical use of Telemental health services.

- Comprehend the essential back-up resources and systems necessary to conduct ethical distance counseling services.

- Apply a systematic approach to best practices in telemental health from point of the first contact to point of termination.

- Integrate important improvements in clinical protocols including but not limited to informed consent, client forms, releases of information, use of encrypted and unencrypted emails and other important procedures for effective and ethical practice. 

- Learn best practices in crisis management when engaging in telemental health services.

- Utilize best practices forms and templates for effective telemental health practice.

-  Understand the key competencies of effective telemental health services.

- Understand the key clinical and ethical issues related to effective termination when using telemental health services.

- Comprehend how to select the telemental health model(s) that is best for you.

- Apply course content to the participant’s clinical skills through the use of the training materials in discussions, exercises and role-plays based in the course content and materials 

Note: Know the Rules around TeleMental Heath. Click on the links below: 

-TeleMental Health Rule GENERAL Guidelines/FAQ's. - NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE 

- Rule 135-11-.01 TeleMental Health

Refund Policy:

Written requests for refunds must be sent to 

(In Subject Box Write - “Workshop Refund Request”)

Refunds will be issued following a written receipt of a Refund Request according to the following schedule:

1. For cancellation requests received 14 business days prior to the workshop: You will receive a 75% refund of your registration fee.

2. For Cancellation requests received 10 business days prior to the workshop: You will receive a 50% refund of your registration fee.

3. NO refunds will be issued for any reason: 7 business days prior to the scheduled workshop.

4. NASWGA regrets that refunds will not be given for “no-shows.”

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