Aaron Norton, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT, CFMHE, CFBA, CFP
Risk Assessment, Suicide Prevention, and Telehealth: Considerations and Practices
The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) recently polled 650 counselors, finding that in 2019 35% of counselors who provide direct client care offered telehealth, whereas 95% now provide telehealth. This massive transition to telehealth was undoubtedly ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for clinicians to provide therapy while social distancing. Given recent revisions to Florida law related to mandatory reporting of imminent risk of harm to self or others, clinicians who are relatively new to telehealth have been pondering important questions, such as:
• What if an emergency happens, and I’m not sure where my client is?
• How do I conduct risk assessments when I’m not even in the same building as the client?
• How can I give my high-risk clients a more “personal touch” that fosters therapeutic alliance when we’re sitting behind screens?
In this 3-hour on-demand webinar, we’ll explore these questions and collaborate on strategies, practices, and resources aimed at equipping attendees to provide care with high-risk clients via telehealth.
1. Articulate an understanding of Florida law and mandated reporting.
2. Identify risk assessment tools that can be used in telehealth.
3. Expand your clinical toolkit for fostering a therapeutic relationship with high-risk clients in a telehealth environment.
About the Presenter
Dr. Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Chair of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association's Government Relations Committee, and the liaison between the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Ethics Committee and Board of Directors.
He has nearly 20 years of clinical and forensic experience in assessment and psychotherapy, was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2020, and has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling.
Affiliate membership is free for Pastors, Church Ministry Leaders, Lay Counselors, Marriage Mentors, Counseling students, non‑licensed counselors, and retired counselors.
Sponsored by the Graduate Counseling Program of Palm Beach Atlantic University and South Florida Association of Christian Counselors
This workshop has been approved for 3 (TeleHealth) hours of continuing education with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling. CE Broker Tracking # 20-860420 (CE Broker Provider BAP #820).
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