What Goes in Your Notes? Interstate therapy practice and documentation for clients considering abortion or gender affirming care


Curt Widhalm, LMFT and Katie Vernoy, LMFT | 1 CE hour | Podcourse

Interstate and telehealth therapy practices have to navigate a series of patchwork laws and must document their practices in ways that are beneficial to the clients and reflect the work being done in therapy. These laws are especially in the spotlight as several states have laws that affect treatment of transgender youth and many states laws that have been recently triggered by the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned the constitutional right to access to abortion. This workshop explores the best practices for working in cases where these situations arise and the best practices for documentation.

Learning Objectives

After listening to this podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify two interstate telehealth law differences that would need to be considered when providing treatment to clients.
  2. Differentiate the protections offered between psychotherapy records and psychotherapy notes.
  3. Identify two important components of HIPAA and the 21st Century Cures ACT that provide access to client records.

Our Presenters

Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt Widhalm is in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) ethics committee, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, lecturer in Counseling Laws and Ethics at California State University Northridge, a former Law & Ethics Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and former CFO of CAMFT. Learn more at: www.curtwidhalm.com


Katie Vernoy, LMFT

Katie Vernoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Theater from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Katie’s experience spans many leadership and management roles in the mental health field since getting her license in 2005: program coordinator, director, clinical supervisor, hiring manager, recruiter, and former President of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Learn more at: www.katievernoy.com


CAMFT CEPA Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.