Make those progress notes sharper, faster, & easier


  • Course Description

    Are you sure you're documenting what you need to, ethically and legally? This course helps clinicians in all work capacities (private practice, agency, private pay, insurance-based care, etc.) understand what needs to be in clinical documentation and why. This course helps listeners integrate Medical Necessity into clinical documentation by offering easy-to-use strategies and tips. Learn the term's importance in your clinical documentation, and save time and write notes that will keep you, your practice, and your clients safe.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe at least two ways to efficiently capture Medical Necessity; Describe at least one way that high-quality documentation can impact clients and their treatment

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Enroll in this free course
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

    Course requirements (including the course audio, post-test, and course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation, which is available for free via Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your other favorite podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via the course player.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will appear in the My Certificates section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the FAQ link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

  • Multi-part Course

    Please note that this free course is #2 in a 6-part course series relating to Clinical Documentation & Best Practice. To view these other related courses, please visit our course catalog.

  • Course Access Expiration

    Please note that you will have access to this free course for 30 days from when you sign up. If your access lapses, you are able to re-enroll.

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What makes us different?

We're an approved CE provider with the APA, NBCC, ASWB, NAADAC, CCAPP, and CAMFT

  • CONVENIENT: All courses are 1-hour podcast episodes, available on Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, and many others

  • AFFORDABLE: We are the least expensive unlimited CE option in the country

  • SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE: We donate to The Trevor Project for LGBT youth suicide prevention

  • WOMEN-OWNED: We are founded and run by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

  • DIVERSE: We feature women and minority expert presenters


Clinical Documentation Specialist

Elizabeth Irias, LMFT #80500

Founder of Clearly Clinical, Senior Instructor

Elizabeth 'Beth' Irias is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with specializations in Utilization Review and Quality Assurance, and also the founder of Clearly Clinical, an online behavioral health Continuing Education program. As a consultant and trainer, Beth works closely with clinical teams across the country to improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and utilization review outcomes. She also operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBT population, and those with addictive disorders. An adjunct graduate professor at Pepperdine University, Beth is a skilled professional public speaker and presenter, and she regularly presents at conferences throughout the country.

Continuing Ed Details
This course meets the requirements for 1 Law & Ethics Continuing Education credit hour with the APA, NBCC, ASWB, NAADAC, CCAPP, and CAMFT.

To see additional details about our CE Approvals, please visit: Clearly Clinical's CE Approvals
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