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How to Write a 10-Minute Treatment Plan

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How to Write a 10-Minute Treatment Plan (Recorded Webinar) – Online CE Course

PLEASE READThis course is an offsite online program by ZynnyMe and has a separate cost in addition to the units purchased with Aspira CE.  This webinar is offered by ZynnyMe as part of their paid community.  When you click on the “View Webinar” button below you will be redirected to the ZynnyMe site to enroll and pay for their Business School For Therapists program.  As a paid subscriber with ZynnyMe, you will then have access to this webinar.  After completing the webinar you can then return to this site ( to complete the exam for this course, pay for your units, and earn your certificate of completion for CE.

Want to build your business and get CEUs at the same time? Business School for Therapists is the largest online business training program for therapists, counselors, social workers and psychologists. (See 8 of the 9 modules for Business School for Therapists in our course list).

How to Write a 10-Minute Treatment Plan Course Objectives, Description, and Outline

Course Objectives:
  • Identify the five main components of a good treatment plan
  • Define the difference between treatment goals and objectives
  • Choose goals that are medically necessary, so that they meet with insurance plan approval
  • Identify the biggest mistake therapists make when documenting planned interventions
Course Description:

If you avoid writing treatment plans, you aren’t alone. One survey showed that over 60% of therapists don’t write them for all clients. Yet treatment plans are required by insurance plans, as well as many ethics codes, licensing boards, and state laws. In fact, if you don’t write treatment plans, you (or your client) may not be paid by a health plan due to lack of necessary documentation for billing. Plus, a treatment plan can protect both you and your clients, ensuring all parties have a clear understanding of the goals and progress being made.

Course Outline:
  • What is A Treatment Plan?
  • Why Do Many Therapists Avoid Doing Treatment Plans?
  • Why Are Treatment Plans Essential?
  • When To Write Treatment Plans and Other Frequently Asked Question
  • The 5 Parts of a Treatment Plan
  • Defining and Identifying Goals
  • Defining and identifying Objectives
  • Defining and Identifying Interventions
  • Understanding Medical Necessity
  • Several Treatment Plan Examples
  • Treatment Plans for Couples/Families
  • Updating Plans
Instructors: Barbara Griswold, LMFT

Barbara Griswold, LMFT is the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance – And Whether You Should, 8th edition ( She has served on the Ethics Committee for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and their Board of Directors. In addition to her 32-year private practice in San Jose, CA, she provides consultations and trainings about insurance, progress notes, and practice building to therapists nationwide. Her passion is helping therapists to make more money and to hold on to the money they make by developing excellent business and documentation skills.


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