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Austin AMFT is particularly interested in presenting topics that are viewed through a systemic lens and that focus on how the work impacts the family system, community, or sociocultural spheres. Topics may be geared toward work with individuals, families or couples.

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Upcoming events

    • Friday, August 13, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online

    August 2021 
    Austin AMFT Ethics CEU Event

    Zoom Webinar

    Friday, August 13th

    9:30am -1pm Central

    (7:30am-11am Pacific / 8:30am-12pm  Mountain / 10:30am - 2pm Eastern)

    (Breakout Room Small Groups for Networking - First 30 minutes)


    Earn 3 CEU Hours!

    Austin AMFT meets the requirements for CEU providers in the state of Texas for LMFT, LPC, Social Work, and Psychology. Attendees licensed outside the state of Texas are responsible for verifying that their licensing board will accept these CEUs.

    If you would like to receive CEUs, you must pay the registration fee and complete the evaluation form below after the event. Your CEU certificate will be emailed to you within a few days.

    If you are a current Austin AMFT member and have paid for this event, a recording will be accessible through the Austin AMFT member-only section of our website. The event recording will not be available to non-members.

    August 2021 Ethics CEU Evaluation Form


    What's Missing From Your Documentation:

    Writing Great Progress Notes


    Barbara Griswold, LMFT


    While you may shiver at the idea of an insurance plan, ethics committee, or licensing board reviewing your psychotherapy charts, this is happening more frequently — even to therapists who don’t work with insurance. In these cases, well-written records are essential, can be your only defense, and can assist clients in getting treatment or disability approval.

    But if you are like most therapists, you never received training in how to write notes. And you may not realize how your current note-keeping habits can hurt you – and your clients. For example, did you know that keeping poor notes may be considered fraud or unprofessional conduct, or lead insurance plans to ask for money back?

    This LIVE ZOOM Ethics webinar will teach you how to write brief notes that satisfy legal, ethical, and insurance expectations, so that you’ll feel confident if you receive a records request. You’ll be introduced to different note templates, which you can download and use in your practice. Best of all, we’ll analyze sample progress notes, as you get the rare opportunity to see examples of what “good” progress notes look and sound like.

    Other topics will include:

    • Telehealth documentation requirements

    • What insurance plans and licensing boards require in notes

    • What is required in intake documentation

    • Documenting “medical necessity,” the key to coverage/treatment approvals

    • Why your notes may be requested — and how to deal with this

    Course outline (time permitting): 

    • Why Don’t Therapists Keep Better Notes?  Results of a Survey

    • Why Therapists Should Keep Better Notes

    • Good Notes are Note Just Required by Insurance Plans...

    • What Insurance Requires in Initial Evaluations & Progress Notes

    • Getting Treatment Approved by Documenting Medical Necessity

    • Why There Has Been an Increase in Chart Reviews

    • Sample Progress Notes

    • SOAP, DAP, and GRISWOLD Notes Formats

    • What to Do if You Fall Behind and How To Save Time Writing Notes

    • Situations Where You Should Take More-Detailed Notes


    After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

    • Identify how writing vague progress notes can be harmful, both to therapists and clients
    • Identify common insurance plan, licensing board, and ethics requirements for documentation
    • Identify how to document “medical necessity,” the criteria used by health plans to approve ongoing treatment


    Barbara Griswold, LMFT is author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance – And Whether You Should (, now in its 8th edition. In addition to her 30-year private practice in San Jose, CA, she has been interviewed on NPR's "Morning Edition," and provides coaching, individual consultations, and trainings about insurance, progress notes, and practice building to therapists nationwide.  Contact her at

    This presentation is appropriate for all mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy and is designed to be useful for all levels of training and experience.

    Having trouble? Visit our FAQ page for help.

Past events

Saturday, June 19, 2021 Supervisor Registration | Virtual Meet & Greet
Saturday, June 19, 2021 Associate/Student Registration | Virtual Meet & Greet
Friday, June 11, 2021 Working With Couples in the Perinatal Period
Friday, May 14, 2021 2020 Perspective: Systemic Counseling and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Friday, April 09, 2021 The Ethical Counselor: Your New Rules, Cybersecurity, Social Media and Best Practices
Friday, March 12, 2021 Introduction to and Demonstration of Emotionally Focused Therapy
Friday, February 12, 2021 Assessment and Treatment through the Legal System when there is ongoing Parental Conflict
Friday, January 08, 2021 BHEC Operations & Rule Changes for LPCs & LMFTs
Friday, November 13, 2020 Talking About Race in the Therapy Room Panel
Friday, October 30, 2020 Maximizing Technology Assisted Services for Your Clients | Bonus CEU Event!
Saturday, October 10, 2020 NAMIWalks Your Way | Online Yoga Event
Friday, October 09, 2020 The Physiological and Psychological Impact of Race Based Trauma: How to be an Antiracist Therapist
Friday, September 11, 2020 Using Attachment-Based Parenting to Increase Connection in Families
Friday, August 14, 2020 Understanding CPS | For Mental Health Workers (3 CEU Ethics Hours)
Saturday, June 20, 2020 Supervisor Registration | Meet & Greet
Saturday, June 20, 2020 Intern/Student Registration | Meet & Greet
Friday, June 12, 2020 Building a Values Centered Private Practice
Friday, May 08, 2020 5 Things to Remember When Working with Adult Adoptees and Their Families
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 Virtual Happy Hour!
Sunday, April 19, 2020 BONUS EVENT! Adapting to Online Therapy: Q&A for AAMFT Clinicians
Friday, April 10, 2020 Intuitive Self Care for the Whole Clinician
Friday, March 13, 2020 Building Confidence and Tapping into Our Intuitive Clinical Wisdom When Working in Family Systems
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Supervisor Registration | Meet & Greet
Saturday, February 15, 2020 Intern/Student Registration | Meet & Greet
Friday, February 14, 2020 Don’t Stink the Kink
Friday, January 10, 2020 Sensible Divorce: A More Amicable Path for Separating Couples
Friday, November 08, 2019 Money in Therapy: What We Aren’t Talking About
Friday, October 11, 2019 Creating a Packable Practice: Key Considerations for Integrating Video Therapy into your Practice
Friday, September 13, 2019 Diversity in Counseling: In the Chair and on the Couch
Friday, August 09, 2019 3-Hour Ethics Event: Ethical Implications of Compassion Fatigue
Friday, June 14, 2019 June 2019 Luncheon - "To Couple or not to Couple?"
Saturday, June 08, 2019 June 8th, 2019 Student and Supervisee Registration for Austin AMFT Supervisors / Supervisees Meet & Greet
Saturday, June 08, 2019 June 8th, 2019 Supervisor Registration for Austin AMFT Supervisors / Supervisees Meet & Greet
Friday, May 10, 2019 May 2019 Luncheon - "THE ENNEAGRAM FOR THERAPISTS"
Friday, April 12, 2019 April 2019 Luncheon - "The Business of Private Practice" -- 6 critical "knows" to running a successful and prosperous private practice"
Friday, March 08, 2019 March 2019 Luncheon - "The Family Diagram and Family Research in Therapy Based in Bowen Theory"
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Student and Supervisee Registration for Austin AMFT Supervisors / Supervisees Meet & Greet
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Supervisor Registration for Austin AMFT Supervisors / Supervisees Meet & Greet
Friday, February 08, 2019 February 2019 Luncheon - "Pregnancy Loss & Infertility: Psychological Impacts on Individuals & Families"
Friday, January 11, 2019 January 2019 Luncheon - "Sexual Wellbeing: The Pillars of Consent and Anatomy of Pleasure"
Friday, November 09, 2018 November 2018 Luncheon - "A Holistic Psychiatrist Answers Your Questions"
Friday, October 12, 2018 October 2018 Luncheon - "Mental Health in the Digital Age"
Friday, September 14, 2018 September 2018 Luncheon - “The APD Crisis Intervention Team: What you should know”
Friday, August 10, 2018 3-Hour Ethics Event: The Right Use of Power: An Experiential Approach to Embodied Ethics
Saturday, June 16, 2018 Supervisor Registration for Austin AMFT Supervisors / Supervisees Meet & Greet
Saturday, June 16, 2018 Student and Supervisee Registration for Austin AMFT Supervisors / Supervisees Meet & Greet
Friday, June 08, 2018 June 2018 Luncheon - “Music and Mental Wellness”
Friday, May 11, 2018 May 2018 Luncheon - “Post-Childhood Nurturing & the Role of the Generations Dialogue Workshop”
Friday, April 13, 2018 April 2018 Luncheon - “Introduction to Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy”
Friday, March 09, 2018 March 2018 Luncheon - “Trust Recovery in Three Steps”
Friday, February 09, 2018 February 2018 Luncheon - “Aroma Freedom Technique & Getting Clients Unstuck”
Friday, January 12, 2018 January 2018 Luncheon - “Addiction: What It Is and What It Isn't”
Friday, November 10, 2017 November Luncheon - “Working with Muslim Couples”
Friday, October 20, 2017 FREE * North Austin AAMFT Social Hour * FREE
Friday, October 13, 2017 October Luncheon - “The Role of the Family in Eating Disorder Treatment: Building on Strengths and Navigating Challenges”
Thursday, September 21, 2017 FREE * South Austin AAMFT Social Hour * FREE
Friday, September 08, 2017 September Luncheon - “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 101 & the Roles of the Family/Spouse”
Friday, August 11, 2017 3-Hour Ethics Event: Mental Health Clinicians & The Legal System
Friday, June 09, 2017 June Luncheon - “Tackling THE Talk”
Friday, May 12, 2017 May Luncheon - EMDR: How The Brain Heals From Adversity
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Coffee & Connection: Networking Event for Austin AMFT
Friday, April 14, 2017 April Luncheon - Using Humor and Metaphor to Disarm High-Conflict Couples
Friday, March 10, 2017 March Luncheon - Integrating Trauma-Informed Yoga Into Talk Therapy With Teens
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 TAMFT Annual Conference
Friday, February 10, 2017 February Luncheon - Understanding Complicated Grief
Friday, January 13, 2017 January Luncheon - Creating Connections: Art Therapy with Familites
Friday, November 11, 2016 November Luncheon - Ethical Considerations with Non-Monogamous Couples
Friday, October 14, 2016 October Luncheon - How Open Adoption Strengthens the Entire Family System
Friday, September 09, 2016 September Luncheon - How TMA, TAMFT Lawsuit & Sunset Commission Affect Your License and Your Future
Friday, August 12, 2016 August Luncheon - Equine Assisted Psychotherapy - What is it Really?
Friday, June 10, 2016 June Luncheon - Our Emotional Matrix: An East Meets West Approach to Emotional Intelligence
Friday, May 13, 2016 May Luncheon - Respect-Focused Therapy for Couples and Families
Friday, April 08, 2016 April Luncheon -Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): A Wise Mind Approach to Helping Teenage Girls and their Families with Self-Harming Behaviors
Friday, March 11, 2016 March Luncheon - Engaging the Whole Family: Strategies for Including Little Ones in Therapy
Friday, February 12, 2016 February Luncheon - Countering Compassion Fatigue
Friday, January 08, 2016 January Luncheon - Introduction to the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, PACT

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