May 8th: San Diego CCOSO Conference Presentation
The Risks We Don’t Talk About: Protecting Yourself and Your Practice
What actually needs to be in your notes, including for those in Private Practice

Hosted by California Coalition on Sexual Offending
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
1:00pm until 5:00pm PST
Pricing and Registration Details:  See Flyer
Location: Mission Valley Marriott
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

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Therapists are told time and time again that their notes are legal documents, yet they often receive very little training about what actually needs to be in them. Further, there are a number of myths that float around the therapist community that can get providers into serious legal trouble (for example: “Notes need to be short and vague to protect client confidentiality.”). This presentation will provide insight for clinicians and counselors about what actually needs to be in their clinical documentation; many therapist do not realize that inadequate documentation can have grave consequences, including threats like loss of licensure and even time behind bars. This synoptic presentation is geared at increasing your understanding of the liability factors that come into play with your clinical documentation, and how to integrate Best Practice in order to keep you, your clients, and your practices safe. In addition, this presentation provides clinicians with strategies about how to integrate Medical Necessity into documentation practices, as well as important clinical documentation points to remember, such as the documentation of safety issues, writing in a neutral and clinically-appropriate tone, and tips for documenting collateral contact.

This course is designed for behavioral health providers (both in private practice and agency environments) who serve individuals who have mental health and addictive disorders. This presentation will cover the following topics:
– Some common ways in which therapists and counselors 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
– Important clinical documentation points to remember, such as the documentation of safety issues, writing in a neutral and clinically-appropriate tone, and tips for documenting collateral contact

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 behavioral health services in order to improve the quality of care
– Demonstrate practical knowledge of Best Practice and its application to behavioral healthcare documentation
– Identify important components of quality clinical documentation as they relate to Best Practice
– Integrate Medical Necessity and Best Practice into clinical documentation practices