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Course Overview

The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was implemented in 1996 and has evolved significantly. While HIPAA regulations have many varying components, the part of HIPAA most relevant to healthcare professionals, however, centers around the protection of patient’s healthcare information. Because you play a key role in the production of healthcare information, you play a key role in its protection. Confidentiality is but one of the many types of ethical dilemmas that can confront you in practice. You are expected to be familiar with professional ethical standards and know how to apply them to challenging situations. The goal of this course is to educate social workers in acute settings on confidentiality, ethical dilemmas, and ethical decision-making.

About the Course Author

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Professional Writing from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and has particular interest in resilience and secondary traumatic stress among behavioral health providers. The majority of Stephanie’s work has included behavioral health counseling and medical case management. Stephanie served as part of the National Health Service Corps from 2016-2018, providing outpatient counseling to underserved populations including military service members and their families. Stephanie has designed and delivered training on many topics such as LGBTQIA+ sensitivity, youth suicide prevention, and how to provide in-community services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Stephanie L. Furness-Kraft, LCSW, CCTP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling


    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Ohio Social Worker Board


    Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board CEBroker Provider: 50-290 This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Association of Social Work Boards


    As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 Ethics continuing education credits.

    Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based.
  • South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners


    South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe the HIPAA requirements in relation to privacy and security.; Discuss practices that protect patients’ privacy and the security of electronic protected health information.; Identify three common ethical dilemmas and steps to take in ethical decision making.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: HIPAA Privacy and Security
    HIPAA Basics
    Administrative Simplification
    Protection of Privacy
    The “Minimum Necessary” Rule
    Telephone Requests for PHI
    E-mail and Faxes
    Discarding PHI
    Hallway Conversations
    Notice of Privacy Practices
    Access and Amendments to Medical Records
    Restrictions on the Use of PHI
    Access to an Accounting
    Confidential Communications
    Complaints About Violations of Privacy
    Security Rule
    Security Safeguards
    Section 3: Ethics and Decision-Making
    Why Professional Ethics are Important
    NASW Code of Ethics
    Other Sources of Ethical Guidance
    Ethical Standards
    Common Ethical Mistakes
    What is An Ethical Dilemma?
    Common Ethical Dilemmas
    Dual Relationships
    Impaired Colleagues
    The Ethics of Self-Care
    When There is No Simple Answer
    Personal Value Conflicts
    Steps to Take in Ethical Decision Making
    Risk Tolerance
    Six-Stage Model of Personal Values and Ethics
    The ETHICS Model
    Section 4: Clinical Vignette
    Meet Mr. Smithson
    Section 5: Conclusion
    Course Contributors
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Beginner level Social Workers; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.