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Law and Professional Ethics 12 hour CE Course

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Law and Professional Ethics Course – 12 Hour Online CE Course

This Law and Professional Ethics 12 hour course is based upon California law for licensees, interns, and associates in CA.  This CE course meets the CA BBS requirement for those who did not pass the state Law and Ethics exam and need to take a 12 hour Law and Ethics course; and, the CA BBS requirement for those applying for licensure in CA with an out of state degree.

California Law and Professional Ethics Course

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 dangerous 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. Describe at least two HIPAA requirements and standards.
  5. Discuss at least one unprofessional conduct and negligence behavior.
  6. Define at least two best standards of practice.
  7. Identify at least one continuing education requirement.
  8. Discuss at least two professional ethics concepts.
  9. Discuss at least two clinical supervision ethical considerations.
  10. Describe at least two exceptions to confidentiality.
  11. Discuss the most common standard of care liability facing clinicians today.
  12. Describe at least one way in which clinicians can be active in maintaining the standard of care.

In addition to the course objectives listed above, this California Law and Ethics 12 hour 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. HIPAA and Third Party Reimbursement for Mental Health Services

    1. HIPAA Privacy Rule and Sharing Information Related to Mental Health
    2. Questions and Answers About HIPAA and Mental Health
  5. Professional Ethics

    1. Revised CAMFT Ethical Standards (2019)
    2. ACA Code of Ethics
    3. NASW Code of Ethics
  6. Updated BBS Requirements

    1. Required Coursework or Supervised Experience: Suicide Risk
    2. Required Notice to Clients
    3. Changes to Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting, Including Financial Abuse Reporting
    4. Changes to Definition of Support Dog
    5. Supervisors in Private Practice and Professional Corporations
    6. Additional Updated 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. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs): Elimination of Additional Requirements
    12. Other Law Changes
    13. New Laws Affecting the Board’s Renewal Process
    14. 2023 New Laws and Updates
  7. Continuing Education

  8. Telehealth

    1. State Laws and Regulations
    2. Telehealth in the Age of Covid-19
  9. Supervision

  10. References

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

Author: Nicole Hiltibran, MA LMFT – The California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Law – California Department of Social Services Office of Child Abuse PreventionDepartment 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 CA Dept of Social Services Office of Child Abuse Prevention, the Department of Justice, and the US Dept of Health and Human Services.

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