Technology Tutor: HIPAA security compliance made easy (or at least easier)

By Rob Reinhardt June 26, 2015

Most counselors I speak with are not fully compliant with HIPAA/HITECH (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, respectively). One of the primary areas in which they are not compliant is in the documentation of a risk assessment, along with security policies and procedures.…continue reading

No laughing matter?

By Kathleen Smith May 27, 2015

A client comes in for his first counseling session. He has a carrot sticking up his nose and a banana in his left ear. “Help!” the client cries. “Can you tell me what’s wrong with me?” “Simple,” the counselor says calmly. “You’re not eating properly.” Laughter is an essential part of the human experience, so it’s no…continue reading

Ethical pitfalls of online testimonials and reviews

By Rob Reinhardt April 30, 2015

Chances are that an online review of a product or service has significantly influenced your decision to purchase something (or not purchase something) recently. In fact, one research study reports that 84 percent of Americans say online reviews influence such decisions (see www.saurageresearch.com/online-consumer-reviews-drive-sales/). Furthermore, 63 percent of customers say they are more likely to make…continue reading

Exchanging ideas, forging friendships

By Bethany Bray April 29, 2015

Coming on the heels of its successful annual conference and expo in March in Orlando, Florida, the American Counseling Association is turning its attention to another conference in a tropical locale. This one, however, will be across an ocean. The inaugural American Counseling Association-Asia Pacific Counseling Conference 2015, or ACA-APCC 2015, will be held June…continue reading

Motivation to change

By Stacy Notaras Murphy April 27, 2015

A 40-year-old man enters counseling to deal with “relationship issues.” He says his marriage is failing due to his use of online pornography and that his financial situation is in constant peril because of high gambling debts. He adds that he drinks alcohol daily and fears he is dependent on it to remain functional. In terms of…continue reading