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CE Workshop: (Tifton, GA) The Ethics of TeleMental Health: New Era of Technology-Assisted Media
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When: 6/17/2016
9:00am-4:30pm (with one hour lunch provided)
Where: Abraham Baldwin College
48 ABAC, 2802 Moore Highway
Nursing Education Room 237
Tifton, Georgia  31793
United States
Presenter: Dr. Becky Beaton
Contact: Amy Han Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
(404) 634-6272

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Directions and Parking: Abraham Baldwin College:
2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, Georgia 31793

  • ABAC is located off I-75, exit 64.
  • We are in the Health Science Building (aka Nursing Building).
  • Parking next to the building may be available. The South Lot is available. The ABAC Police have been notified and are not supposed to issue tickets that day. However, if anybody does get a ticket, please submit the ticket to Amy Dietrich and Maggie Martin at ABAC will be able to take care of it. Exception: This does not mean that you can illegally park. Do not park in handicap spaces, yellow lines, etc. There should be more than plenty parking as only summer school will be in session.
  • We are in room 237 in the Nursing Building.
  • Arrive early if you are not familiar with the location.
  • Lost? Call the main phone line to ABAC: (800) 733-3653

Join the Georgia Psychological Association in Tifton, Georgia for a six-hour ethics workshop and a networking lunch!

Thank you to Maggie Martin and the Abraham Baldwin College for collaborating with GPA to make this event possible. Also, thank you to Dr. Becky Beaton and the Anxiety and Stress Management Institute for presenting this workshop and partnering with GPA to provide continuing education hours to social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists.

The use of "technology-assisted media" in the delivery of mental health services (or TeleMental Health) has generated a lot of confusion and controversy. First of all, many therapists are confused about what even constitutes TeleMental Health, which is much more far-reaching than many people realized. Basically, if a device requires electricity and you're using it to deliver mental health care, you're practicing TeleMental Health. This includes, phones (voice and texts), computers & tablets (email, billing, or storage of files), fax machines, the Internet (cloud storage of records, billing transactions, video-conferencing, or even recommending apps and websites to clients). There are also a multitude of ethical issues and requirements related to each of these options. This is why Georgia's Composite Board recently passed a law requiring masters level therapists to complete six hours of training in TeleMental Health. Additionally, the Georgia Board of Psychology has also written a law that is just awaiting passage. This workshop will help clarify numerous concerns and address the ethical requirements and considerations we all need to be making.


  • 8:00am-9:00am: Continental Breakfast and Registration
  • 9:00am-12:15pm: Welcome and Morning Session with a 15 minute break
  • 12:15pm-1:15pm: Networking Lunch (attendees will receive box lunch)
  • 1:15pm-4:30pm: Afternoon Session with a 15 minute break
  • 4:30pm-4:45pm: Continuing Education Certificates Distributed

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain what constitutes "TeleMental Health" and "Technology-Assisted Media."
  2. Describe how the HIPAA Business Associate Agreement fits into the HIPAA Security Ruling as it pertains to Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI) and what you need to know about protecting your electronic transactions and maintaining confidentiality.
  3. Review evidence regarding the benefits and limitations of TeleMental Health services as well as relevant research pertaining to effectiveness.
  4. Assess the dangers of practicing across state lines and the options available to do so legally.
  5. Identify HIPAA compatible video, texting, and emailing and where to go to stay up on the most recent options.
  6. Summarize what you need to include in your Informed Consent to Treatment if you're practicing TeleMental Health (which does include using the telephone for crisis calls and even recommending apps and websites).
  7. Demonstrate ways to respond to and manage emergencies, including a thorough assessment of client fit for technology-assisted media.
  8. Explain important TeleMental Health details such as verifying a client's identity and how to bill appropriately for your services.
  9. Identify the TeleMental Health issues related to recommending Apps and Websites and how to do so ethically.
  10. Discuss the ethical considerations of Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google searches.

CE: 6 Ethics or Core Continuing Education Clock Hours AND Includes 6 TeleMental Health Hours which satisfies the Composite Board requirements for the state of Georgia and the ethical guidelines for all mental health professionals.

  • Psychologists: Both the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) are approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GPA & ASMI maintain responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Counselors: ASMI is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • Social Workers: This workshop is approved for six ethics or core continuing education hours for social workers.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: This workshop is approved for six ethics or core continuing education hours for marriage and family therapists.

Level: Intermediate

About the Presenter:
Dr. Becky Beaton has been on the Georgia Psychological Association's Ethics Committee for seven years and Ethics Chair since July 2014. She was also the Ethics Chair for the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA) for two years and has taught numerous ethics workshops over the past 15 years. You may have seen her on one of the 60 episodes that she filmed as the featured psychologist on TLC's "Hoarding: Buried Alive." She has also made recent appearances on The Anderson Cooper Show, Good Morning America, and CNN Headline News. Additionally, Dr. Beaton is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute in Atlanta. Her primary passion is teaching and mentoring. She has served as Adjunct Faculty for both Emory and Georgia State Universities, and Dr. Beaton was voted Counselor Educator of the Year by LPCA-GA in 2005 and received their Lifetime Achievement



What people are saying about Dr. Beaton's Ethics & TeleMental Health workshops:

  • "My colleagues have been attending the TeleMental Health trainings over the past few months. They all report that yours is hands down the best, most informed, and presented very well. Great job!" A.W.
  • "This is by far the best TeleMental Health training in Georgia! I took another one that paled in comparison - It's obvious that Dr. B. has done her homework and somehow made it entertaining as well." W.B., PhD
  • "Great presenter - energetic, funny, & amazingly well-informed" - C.H., LMFT
  • "Becky's presentations are always interesting and informative. I won't take ethics with anyone else. There is always something new that I learn, even after 30 years of practice!" - N.M., LPC
  • "Truly the most thorough and helpful ethics course I have ever attended." C.G., PhD

Registration Costs:

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before May 27, 2016 to receive this rate.)

  • $140: GPA Members
  • $170: Non-members
  • $50: GPA Student Members

Registration (After May 27, 2016)

  • $150: GPA Members
  • $180: Non-members
  • $60: GPA Student Members

Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Amy Dietrich via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to June 10, 2016. No refunds will be given after June 10, 2016.

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.