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Ethics Across the Lifespan

November 1, 2019

Getting HIP to HIPAA

December 13, 2019

Ethics Across the Lifespan

November 1, 2019


6 CE Credits (including ethics)

Speaker:  Ken Major, Psy.D.

Hampton Inn by Hilton

43 Lower Mountain View Drive

Colchester, Vermont

This  workshop will use vignettes, research, multimedia, and facilitated  discussion to introduce a lifespan approach to professional ethics. We  will explore a wide variety of practical, developmentally-related issues  that can lead to ethical impairment, including the pressures of  conformity in early career, role and values conflicts due to personal  challenges in mid-career, and difficulties associated with burnout or  changes in functioning in later life. From working late with a toddler  at home to loneliness after a divorce, from professional drift in  private practice to being unprepared for retirement, we will consider  how experiences across the lifespan of practice may lead otherwise  thoughtful professionals toward unethical, unlawful, or clinically  dangerous choices, and discuss practical strategies for avoiding or  mitigating such outcomes. The framework for this developmental approach  to ethics will be generalizable to clinical, supervisory, and teaching  roles, and all examples provided will cite relevant ethics codes, state  laws, and research. Lastly, we will review numerous changes in the field  and larger culture, including telehealth and cannabis legalization, and  identify resources for maintaining ethical practice in response. With  an approach that aims for candor, relevance, humor, and practicality,  this will be an engaging and up-to-date training on the topic of  professional ethics. 

Ken Major, Psy.D.:  Dr. Major serves as a clinical video-based psychologist for the  Department of Veterans Affairs’ Greentree TeleMental Health Hub as part  of a team which provides specialty mental healthcare to underserved  rural veterans across six states.  He previously worked as an outpatient  psychologist in the White River Junction VA Medical Center system,  where he was the trauma recovery services coordinator and worked on  projects with the National Center for PTSD to produce a number of  nation-wide patient and provider educational resources.  Dr. Major was  VPA’s Ethics Chairperson from 2014-2016, and was the Director of Risk  and Quality Management for a Vermont designated agency from 2011-2013.

Objectives: By the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Describe the existing research on developmentally-informed perspectives on psychologist/psychotherapist ethics
  • Identify ethics-related challenges and strategies specifically  associated with training, early, mid-, and late career professional  roles.
  • Utilize the framework of a developmental approach to professional  ethics to enrich clinical, supervisory, and personal development.
  • Identify ways in which technological, cultural, and market forces  are altering the practice landscape and creating unique challenges in  ethics, law, and risk management. 


Students: Use coupon code "STUDENT" to get the student rate of $65.00 to register

Academics/Researchers  (individuals who have an advanced degree in psychology, are full-time  faculty at a post-secondary institution, or who conduct psychological  research full-time, and do not provide clinical services for a fee): Use  coupon code "RSRCH" to get the academic rate of $170.00 to register.

Conference Schedule:   Check-in is at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.     Research and Theory: A Developmental Approach to Ethics

9:45 a.m.     Trainee to early Licensed Independent Practitioner

10:30 a.m.    Break

10:45 a.m.    Mid-Career 

12:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 p.m.      Late Career

2:30 p.m.      Break

2:45 p.m.      Technological and Cultural Changes

4:30 p.m.      Program Ends


Getting HIP to HIPAA

December 13, 2019 -- Co-Sponsored by VTMHCA


6 CE Credits (including ethics)

Hampton Inn by Hilton

43 Lower Mountain View Drive

Colchester, Vermont

Specal Winter Pricing:  $100 ($50 for students)

Co-Sponsor:  Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association

The  HHS Office of Civil Rights will present HIPAA 101- a walkthrough of its compliance efforts, including an overview of data, approaches and settlement agreements to train professionals on HIPAA basics. It will specifically address sharing information related to  mental health.

Vermont  attorney Shireen Hart will present "HIPAA in the Context of Practice and Vermont Law," addressing HIPPA and Vermont law in the context of patient privacy concerns impacting psychologists and other mental health care professionals.

An  afternoon panel discussion will allow participants to consider case  studies, address questions about HIPAA and Vermont law, and analyze  complex or unusual events that trigger HIPAA and Vermont law  considerations.

Objectives: By the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Describe HIPAA regulatory requirements of covered entities
  • Apply regulatory requirements on providing access to health information related to mental and behavioral health
  • Compare the ways that Vermont law and HIPAA intersect
  • List the changes to Vermont laws impacting patient privacy
  • Predict areas of vulnerability for various provider types
  • Analyze issues and know when professional legal help is needed
  • Apply HIPAA and Vermont law to their everyday practice and professional work
  • Apply HIPAA and Vermont law to unusual situations that arise in mental health treatment, research, and billing

Susan Pezzullo Rhodes serves as Regional Manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human  Services, Office for Civil Rights, New England.  She has been with OCR since 2001 in various positions, and currently manages a comprehensive program of technical assistance and enforcement to ensure compliance with HIPAA regulations and federal  civil rights regulations through the six New  England states.  She provides leadership, sets regional priorities, and coordinates and directs all of the regional office’s enforcement, outreach and technical assistance/ public education activities.  Susan holds a J.D. from City  University of New York School of Law and a Graduate Certificate in  Public Management from the University of Massachusetts. Susan also holds  certificates in communications and leadership and has received numerous  honors for her leadership, including the prestigious  Office for Civil Rights Director’s Awards for leadership and teamwork, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director’s Award for Partnership and Collaboration. 

Shireen T. Hart, Esq. is a shareholder and director of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer  PC. Shireen has more than 19 years’ experience providing regular counsel  to hospitals, long-term care facilities, community mental health  agencies, pharmacies, laboratories, individual providers, and  healthcare-related vendors on a broad range of federal and state  compliance matters. She frequently appears before state professional  licensing boards in representing individual providers who are the  subject of a licensing investigation. Shireen’s strong statewide connections and effectiveness working with other attorneys and state personnel create a favorable environment in which to  deliver positive results for the firm’s healthcare clients.

Brad Steinbrecher, J.D., is Director, Legal & Regulatory Affairs with the American  Psychological Association’s Practice Directorate.  His work touches on a  range of issues, including HIPAA and state privacy laws, the Medicaid  program, and healthcare reform legislation.  Before joining the APA in 2014, Mr. Steinbrecher worked with law firms in Philadelphia and  Washington, D.C., representing clients in intellectual property,  regulatory compliance, and general business matters.

J.P. Hayden, M.A.,  is a private practitioner in Stowe, Vermont, and is CEO of  Closure LLC, providing professional wills and clinically competent death  notifications for private practitioners.  JP spent almost 20 years in  various roles in public service including and has taught graduate counseling courses for 15 years.  She helped to implement an  active-treatment model for psycho-social rehabilitation, and was Chief  of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, at the Vermont State Hospital before moving to the Department of Mental Health in Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, overseeing CRT and  Emergency Services for the Vermont designated agencies.  She is now in   full-time private practice in Stowe. 

Milton J. Marasch, Ph.D. is a psychologist-doctorate in private practice in Shelburne who has  served the Vermont Psychological Association as the insurance chair  since 2007, and as past Federal Advocacy Coordinator.   He has consulted  with, and to, the American Psychological Association Practice Organization (now APA Services Inc.) on state regulatory issues regarding the forthcoming HIPAA Smart product.  In these roles, he has assisted members in questions regarding government insurances, commercial insurances, and government regulations as they apply to practice.  He is presently the Vermont representative to the American  Psychological Association Council of Representatives.

Conference Schedule: Check-in is at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.       HIPAA 101

11:00 a.m.     Break (15 minutes)

11:15 a.m.     HIPAA in the Context of Practice and Vermont Law

12:00 p.m.     Lunch (on your own)

1:00 p.m.       Program continues

1:45 p.m.       Panel discussion and Q&A

2:45 p.m.       Break (15 minutes)

4:30 p.m.       Program Ends


CE Workshop Policies

The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Vermont Psychological Association maintains responsibility for its  programs and their content.

The Vermont Psychological Association is also pre-approved by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners and the Office of Professional Regulation  to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW).  Licensed mental health counselors (LCMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) may receive approval for this course from the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health.

  • Certificates for continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  

  • Partial credit will not be awarded.  

  • Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

  • Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only.

  • Registrations at the door for all individuals are $195, regardless of  membership or professional status.

  • No refunds can be offered for our programs.  If you find yourself unable to attend a workshop for which you registered, please contact us as soon as possible.

  • If you have any difficulties or complaints about one of our CE offerings, please refer to our CE Grievance Policy for information on filing that complaint.