Clinical Documentation: How to Write Efficient and Ethical Progress Notes (1 NBCC Credit)

Course Description: Let's make those progress notes, sharper, faster, easier, and make sure that they're ethically-sound! This pre-recorded webinar discusses the ethics relating to clinical documentation, and helps clinicians integrate Medical Necessity into notes by offering easy-to-use strategies and tips. Regardless of whether you accept third-party payments like insurance or MediCare or operate a private-pay/cash-based practice, this course will help you weave Medical Necessity into your notes and understand ways to reduce liability risks relating to clinical documentation. Additionally, this course will assist clinicians in separating what they really need to document, and what they can omit, thereby saving time.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to:
• Provide a definition for the term ‘Medical Necessity’
• Identify three or more important components of quality clinical documentation as they relate to Best Practice
• List three or more ethical considerations that impact clinical documentation

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias (, a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, is the founder and president of Clearly Clinical (, a national, podcast-based, behavioral health Continuing Education program that donates to The Trevor Project. She is a national conference speaker and law & ethics trainer, and works closely with clinical teams across the country improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and client advocacy skills; she is also an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Malibu, CA. She operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBTQ+ population, and those with addictive disorders.
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  • Post-test
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever