California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, Ventura County Chapter (VC CAMFT Event Calendar)

To Register: January 12th: CE Lunch

Speaker:  Elizabeth Irias, LMFT
Topic: The Business of Practice: Are You and Your Practice at Risk? What you don’t know could hurt you
Date: Friday, January 12th, 2018 from 11:15am to 1:30pm PST
Venue: Spanish Hills Country Club
Address: 999 Crestview Ave.
Camarillo CA 93010, US
Presentation Length: 1 hour (1 CEU)
Cost: $25 Members, $30 Non-Members

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the serious (and preventable) liability issues therapists face and may not even know it, regardless of whether you are in private practice or work in an agency. Do you know what Best Practice is, in relation to assessments, progress notes, and treatment plans? So often, we therapists get so caught up returning phone calls and responding to client emergencies that our clinical documentation takes a backseat. The Business of Practice: Are You and Your Practice at Risk? is a comprehensive presentation that is geared at increasing your understanding of the liability factors that come into play with your clinical documentation, as well as improving your documentation practices in order to keep you, your clients, and your practice safe. This presentation also offers clinicians insight about how integrating Medical Necessity into documentation practices can both improve the quality of care you provide and improve the authorizations granted by third-party payors like managed care companies.

This course is designed for psychotherapists (both in private practice and agency environments) who provide care to individuals who have behavioral health disorders. This presentation will cover the following topics:
– Some common ways in which therapists unknowingly put themselves at risk in relation to documentation practices
– Best Practice with regards to clinical documentation and how it improves client engagement and treatment outcomes
– Strategies for clinicians about how to conceptualize Medical Necessity and Best Practice and integrate them into different clinical documentation components

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:
– Identify legal and ethical implications of inadequate clinical documentation practices
– Integrate research-supported interventions and treatment planning strategies into psychotherapy services in order to improve the quality of care
– Demonstrate practical knowledge of Best Practice and its application to behavioral healthcare documentation
– Integrate Medical Necessity and Best Practice into clinical documentation practices