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Confidentiality and Documentation

The laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder records were written out of great concern about the potential use of substance use disorder information against individuals, causing individuals with substance use disorders not to seek needed treatment.

A risk-managed approach to documentation is a best practice to protect both the client and the professional. 

This course will explore 42 CFR part 2, HIPAA, and documentation of substance abuse therapy.


This course will award 1 continuing education hour.  Please see the board approval box for course approval information.

Author:  Leesa M. Robertson, M.Ed., CAP, LMHC, and Sarah Reinhart, LCSW
Ms. Robertson, M.Ed., CAP, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia.  She is credentialed in alcohol and other drug counseling.    
Ms. Reinhart, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida.  

Course Information: 
Relevance and Target Audience: This course was designed for master’s level counselors, therapists, social workers, and substance abuse counselors, that work with clients with substance abuse issues to help them navigate how to make ethical decisions and protect client records to avoid negative consequences from the inappropriate release of records.  
Content level: Intermediate
Course Format: This course is offered as a self-paced distance learning format (reading-based online activity)
System Requirements: This course is offered online.  Internet connection required.

Course Completion Information: To earn continuing education credit, professionals must register and pay the fee for the course.  They must read the content and demonstrate understanding by earning a minimum score of 70 percent on testing materials.  The certificate of completion will be able to be downloaded after the above is completed. Refunds will be granted upon request with the withdrawal of credit for the course.
For questions, concerns or to request special accommodations, please call 866-863-4225 or email [email protected].

CEBroker Course ID:  20-903517
CEBroker Provider Number: 50-204
CEBroker Course ID:  20-782024
CEBroker Provider Number: 50-32249

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Price $15.00

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