Free Law & Ethics CE Event on July 13th

   The Business of Practice: Are You and Your Practice at Risk?

Cohosted by Clearly Clinical and  Optimum Performance Institute
Presenter: Elizabeth Irias, LMFT
Number of  Law & Ethics CE Credits/Hours for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, and CCAPP Counselors: 1
Cost: Free, lunch included
Limited Seating Available; Please Register ASAP

Friday, July 13, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM PDT(Presentation is from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM PDT; tours of Optimum Performance Institute’s facility will occur immediately after the presentation)

Optimum Performance Institute
21051 Warner Center Lane, #105
Woodland Hills, CA, CA 91367


This presentation will provide an overview of some of the serious (and preventable) liability issues clinicians and counselors 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 progress notes and documentation procedures? So often, we behavioral health providers 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 payers like managed care companies.

This course is designed for therapists, psychologists, and AOD counselors (both in private practice and agency environments) who provide care to individuals who have behavioral health disorders, and is applicable to all California clinicians regardless of which funding source they accept (insurance, MediCare, private pay/cash, etc.). This presentation will cover the following topics:

  • Common ways in which clinicians and counselors unknowingly put themselves at risk with their documentation practices
  • Clinical documentation Best Practice
  • Strategies to more easily conceptualize Medical Necessity and integrate it into different clinical documentation components

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three or more key components of high quality clinical  notes
  • List two or more legal/ethical considerations that affect documentation practices
  • Provide one or more definitions of ‘Medical Necessity’ and how Medical Necessity applies to clinical documentation

Bio: Elizabeth Irias is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#80500) with specializations in Utilization Review and Quality Assurance, and also the founder of Clearly Clinical, an online California behavioral health Continuing Education program.  As a consultant and trainer, Beth works closely with clinical teams across the country to improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and utilization review outcomes.  She also operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBT population, and those with addictive disorders. A previous graduate professor at Pepperdine University, Beth is a skilled professional public speaker and presenter.  She is an approved Continuing Education provider with CAMFT, CCAPP, and CPA, which allows her to offer relevant and engaging Continuing Education opportunities to California therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, and psychologists.

This course meets the qualifications for (1) hour of Law & Ethics continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Clearly Clinical is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Course also meet the qualifications for (1) unit of Ethics continuing education credit for Alcohol and Drug Counselors through CCAPP EI.  Clearly Clinical is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists; the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts continuing education credit granted by the California Psychological Association.  Clearly Clinical maintains responsibility for this course and its content. CAMFT CEPA-approved CE Provider #99380, CCAPP-approved CE provider #5-17-274-1119, CPA OPD Provider Code #CLE005. Certificates will be awarded to participants immediately following the end of the presentation. Only participants who attended the course in its entirety will be given a certificate of completion, and there will be a required sign in and sign out procedure at the onset and conclusion of the presentation.  Event is co-sponsored by Clearly Clinical and Optimum Performance Institute; there is no known commercial support for this program.  Only actual presentation time (12pm to 1pm) is included in the CE credit/hour computation; CE credit is not offered during networking time. 

For further information regarding the cancellation policy, accommodations, grievance/complaint procedure, or for any other questions or concerns, please contact Elizabeth Irias at or (805)996-0604.


Elizabeth Irias, LMFT
Founder, Clearly Clinical 
805-996-0604 & ClearlyClinical