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Law and Ethics 3 Hour CE Course

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Law and Ethics 3 Hour CE Course – Online CE Course

This Law and Ethics CEU California program is a 3 Hour CE course is based on CA law. Our course meets the CA BBS requirement for interns and associates in CA seeking to renew their registration.  This course may also be taken by licensed professionals in a state other than California, if, they are applying for a license in California or where their state law coincides with California state law.

a library of law and ethics education

Law and Ethics 3 Hour CE Course Objectives and Outline:

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify at least two legal and ethical issues in counseling including but not limited to professional ethical standards and significant legal considerations.
  2. Explain at least one key factor in the licensing law and process.
  3. Describe at least one regulatory law that delineates the profession’s scope of practice, counselor-client privilege, confidentiality, the client’s danger to self or others, treatment of minors with or without parental  consent, relationship between practitioner’s sense of self and human values, functions and relationships with other human service providers, strategies for collaboration, and advocacy processes needed to address institutional and social barriers that impeded access, equity, and success for clients.
  4. Define at least two best standards of practice.

In addition to the course objectives listed above, this course addresses the following content areas related to law and professional ethics:

  • Assessment
  • Professional practice issues

Course Outline:

  1. Scope of Practice
    1. MFT Scope of Practice
    2. LCSW Scope of Practice
    3. LPCC Scope of Practice
  2. Unprofessional Conduct, Negligence, Law, Ethics, and Standard of Care
    1. Unprofessional Conduct and Negligence
    2. Summary of Unprofessional Conduct and Negligence
    3. Law
    4. Ethics
    5. Standard of Care
  3. Legal Issues
    1. Privilege
    2. Search Warrants
    3.  Subpoenas
    4. Confidentiality
    5. Exceptions to Confidentiality
    6. Treatment of Minors
    7. Sex with Clients
    8. Record Retention and Storage
    9. Termination
    10. Informed Consent
    11. Malpractice
  4. Updated BBS Requirements Through 2023
    1. Required Coursework or Supervised Experience
    2. Required Notice to Clients
    3. Changes to Elder and Dependent Abuse Reporting
    4. Changes to the Definition of a Support Dog
    5. Supervisors in Private Practice & Professional Corporations
    6. Additional Updated 2022 Supervision Requirements
    7. MFT Scope of Practice
    8. 2022 Federal Regulations: The No Surprises Act
    9. New Email Requirement for All Licensees, Registrants, and Applicants
    10. Health Plans
    11. LPCC’s Elimination of Additional Requirements
    12. Other Law Changes
    13. New Laws Affecting the Renewal Process Through 2023
  5. References

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT – California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Law – CA Department of Social Services: Office of Child Abuse Prevention – Domestic Abuse Late in Life – Department of JusticeUS Department of Health and Human Services

Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT has been in practice for over 20 years (for more details on Nicole Hiltibran’s credentials view our Principals page).  She wrote and compiled the information contained in this course from documents produced by California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Law, CA Department of Social Services: Office of Child Abuse Prevention, Domestic Abuse Late in Life, Department of Justice, US Department of Health and Human Services


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