Graduate programs around the state use Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs to teach their students. If you’re a grad student in California, and your program doesn’t use it, they should. It’s a good desk reference for clinicians as well, considering how often the law changes. If you’re licensed, you can now meet your license renewal requirement for CE in Law and Ethics by reading Basics.
Our new CE course based on Basics follows all the requirements for a correspondence-based course. That means that you read the material on your own, and then go online to take a quiz. The quiz proves you learned what you should have learned, and if you get a passing score, it grants you a CE certificate. Our CE program is approved by CAMFT, which is one of the BBS-recognized approvers of continuing education. (Click “Where to find CE courses,” then “CE Approval Agencies.”)
If Basics isn’t on your bookshelf already, you can get it in paperback format here (or on Amazon), or in digital format here. If you order the book on our site and use coupon code BASICS5CE at checkout, you can add the new CE course to your order for under $15. Even if the book is on your bookshelf already, the course is just $29 — far less than an all-day workshop typically costs.
For complete information on the course, our CE policies, and everything else, have a look at the course page over on the Ben Caldwell Labs site. We’ve copied some of that information below.
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the legal standards governing the practice of marriage and family therapy in California, as defined in state law and regulation. Specific attention is given to licensure requirements, supervision, confidentiality and privilege, documentation, and technology.
By the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
(1) Explain the difference between confidentiality and privilege, identifying key exceptions to each.
(2) Compare their own experience as supervisors or supervisees with the legal standards governing the supervision relationship.
(3) Describe in detail the processes for reporting child, elder, or dependent adult abuse.
(4) Identify key components of legal compliance for California therapists integrating technology into their practices.
(5) Identify specific requirements for California therapists advertising their services to the public.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#42723). He teaches for California State University Northridge and The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. His book, Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, is used as a textbook in graduate programs around the state and is an essential desk reference for therapists at all career levels.
Ben Caldwell Labs is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for California LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Ben Caldwell Labs maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CAMFT CEPA provider #137848. This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NBCC.
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