Make those progress notes sharper, faster, & easier with our guide to clinical documentation

  • 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. Many myths float around our field like, "Cash-pay private practice notes don't matter," or, "Keep notes short and vague," and this presentation separates out the facts from the fiction. This course helps listeners integrate Medical Necessity into clinical documentation by offering easy-to-use strategies and tips. This course covers the term's importance in your clinical documentation, and will help you 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

  • Downloadable Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or Google Play), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Register for a free Clearly Clinical account, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: All levels.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once the course is completed, make sure to select the 'Generate Certificate' and 'Get Certificate' buttons. Once you've selected these buttons, a new window will open up with your certificate; 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 five (5) 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; the other associated courses are not free. To view these other related courses, please visit our course catalog.

Continuing Ed Details
This course meets the requirements for 1 Continuing Education credit hour by the CE approval bodies listed below:

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This course is truly free... no hidden fees or credit card info. required to register

We want clinicians all across the country to have affordable access to progressive, interesting podcast Continuing Ed courses presented by a diverse set of experts. That's why we make all of our courses available as part of a low-cost subscription. Purchase a subscription, listen to the podcast via Apple, Google, or audio download, complete the course requirements, and you'll get your completion certificate. Easy peasy! (Already have an annual subscription? Go to 'My Dashboard' to take this course.)

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Instructor

Clinical Documentation Specialist

  • Elizabeth Irias, LMFT #80500

    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.

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 Clearly Clinical donates a portion of proceeds to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides a national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. In 2018, we donated 20% of our gross proceeds to The Trevor Project, and we appreciate your support of this project.

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Clearly Clinical's Free Podcast Series

All educational course podcasts* are available via the link(s) below as part of Clearly Clinical's free podcast series, titled Light Up The Couch.  


*In order to receive CE credit hours, you must have a Clearly Clinical account & subscription (or have registered for a free course), and complete the associated course requirements.


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