Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs – Fourth edition (2017)

Basics of California Law, 4th edition (2017) - (c) Copyright Benjamin E. CaldwellAvailable now – Updated to 2017 law – Free shipping (see below)

As a Law and Ethics instructor for graduate students in therapy, I have often been frustrated at the lack of good, clear information available to students on the requirements of California law for mental health professionals. There are some great, general law and ethics textbooks out there, and a handful of books that provide the letter of California law (the one produced by the BBS is particularly useful), but nothing that helps specifically take California laws for masters-level psychotherapists and put them into plain English.

This guide to the basics of California law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs is an attempt to change all that. I bring a clinician’s and educator’s understanding to the legal requirements that govern marriage and family therapists, professional clinical counselors, and clinical social workers in the state of California. In these chapters, I do my best to make the most important requirements of the law easily digestible. Of course, it is still important to be able to look at the letter of the law — so this guide includes more than 400 footnotes, most with direct references (which also are live hyperlinks in the electronic version) to the relevant sections of California law.

This text makes an excellent resource for students, interns, and licensed clinicians seeking an easy reference for important aspects of California law governing clinical practice.

New in 2017

The fourth edition is updated to 2017 law, and includes new material on:

  • Life coaching
  • Emotional support animals
  • New licensing exams
  • Forthcoming title change from “intern” to “associate” for MFTs and PCCs
  • New telehealth regulations
  • Other states allowing temporary therapy via telehealth 
  • Working with clients on conservatorship
  • Record-keeping for abuse reports
  • Consent with minors whose parents are divorced
  • Business structures
  • Employment
  • Fee setting and antitrust
  • And more.

Contents

The chapter list for the fourth edition matches prior editions, with the exception of Chapter 8 being renamed “Business and Marketing.” That chapter contains new material on licenses and permits, employment law, fee setting, and related business issues. 

  1. Scope of Practice
  2. Licensing Requirements
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Informed Consent
  5. Confidentiality and Privilege
  6. Working with Minors (including child abuse reporting)
  7. Working with Elders and Dependent Adults
  8. Business and Marketing
  9. Technology
  10. Advocacy

The text includes more than 450 footnotes identifying specific articles, links, and sections of California law and regulation that serve as reference material for this text.

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Fourth edition (2017)

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About the author

Author Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD teaches Law and Ethics for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles and The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. As the Legislative and Advocacy Committee Chair for AAMFT-CA, he has driven forward changes in state laws around reparative therapy, hours for licensure, and the forthcoming intern title change.


Full reference info

Caldwell, B. E. (2017). Basics of California law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (4th edition). Los Angeles, CA: Author. ISBN: 978-0996490870.

Caldwell, B. E. (2015). Basics of California law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (3rd edition). Los Angeles, CA: Author. ISBN: 978-0988875951.

Caldwell, B. E. (2014). Basics of California law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (2014 edition). Los Angeles, CA: Author. ISBN: 978-0988875937.

Caldwell, B. E. (2013). Basics of California law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (2013.1 edition). Los Angeles, CA: Author. ISBN: 978-0988875906.