OVERVIEW: Working with couples is not only clinically challenging, but it can be difficult to navigate the added complexities in the areas of billing, documentation, and ethical practice. When can you ethically bill insurance? Who really is your client? Do you need two charts and treatment plans? What does insurance expect? When one member of the couple comes in alone, how do you handle confidentiality, and how do you bill for the session?
This presentation will cover practical issues you deal with daily when working with couples, challenge myths you may have, clarify areas of confusion, and invite you to think more carefully about your current policies. The webinar is applicable nationwide.
- When you can (and can’t) ethically bill insurance for couples therapy
- When will insurance cover couples sessions?
- Common mistakes in billing for couples
- Billing for longer couples sessions
- Common billing/diagnosis practices that are actually fraud
- Must I choose an identified patient? If so, how?
- Confidentiality and “no-secrets policies”
- Do you need separate treatment plans and charts?
- Handling record requests or treatment reviews in couples therapy
- Seeing a member of the couple individually
- Changing roles (from individual to couples therapist, or vice versa)
- What should be in your progress notes and treatment agreement with couples
- Appropriate couples therapy treatment goals
- Writing letters for couples (should you?)
- Reminders when doing couples sessions via video
BONUS FOR CALIFORNIA THERAPISTS: 2 CE credits are available for California BBS Licensees — counts toward mandatory Legal and Ethical CEs! Other professionals should check with their licensing boards to see if this can count for CE credit.
EASY TO VIEW: The webinar takes no technological know-how to watch — after purchase you will immediately be sent a link. With one easy click you can watch it on your computer or smartphone at your convenience. You can stop and restart, as needed.
PRICE: ONLY $49.98* FOR WEBINAR; ADD $15 FOR 2 CE HOURS for California MFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs*
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Barbara Griswold, LMFT, is author of “Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance — And Whether You Should” (8th edition). Barbara has taught over 150 workshops and webinars and provides phone consultations to therapists nationwide about insurance, progress notes, and building thriving private practices. She invites you to contact her via this website.
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DISTANCE-LEARNING CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM POLICIES: Barbara Griswold, LMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs licensed through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. To receive your CE certificate: Pay the fee above and complete a brief evaluation that will be sent to you in a link, and return the required Attestation and Evaluation to the address, e-mail, or fax on the test. YOUR CERTIFICATE WILL BE SENT VIA E-MAIL ATTACHMENT WITHIN 7 DAYS. Barbara Griswold, LMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Contact her at www.theinsurancemaze.com, 408.985.0846, 4010 Moorpark Avenue #118, San Jose, CA 95117, or email@example.com. Grievance Policy: If a participant files a grievance regarding the course level or content, program administration, or non-receipt of certificates, the individual will be asked to put his/her comments in writing. All complaints will be responded to in an ethical and timely manner within 7 days. Questions and concerns should be addressed to Barbara Griswold at the address, email, and phone number above. Refund Policy: Full refunds for CE test payment will be granted when request is submitted in writing and a post-test has not been submitted and graded. Refunds will be issued within 7 days of request. Accommodations for the Disabled: Arrangements can be made for those with disabilities or special needs; please contact Barbara Griswold, LMFT at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-985-0846 or the address above.