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Law and Professional Ethics CE Course

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You will need to purchase 1 unit for every 1 hour of coursework.

You will receive a certificate of completion after passing the exam, completing the course evaluation, and purchasing the appropriate number of units.  The certificate of completion will then be accessible on your myCourses page in the Your Course History section under the tab “Aspira Courses I’ve Passed”.  There will be a “Download” button under the “Certificate” column that you will be able to click on to pull up your certificate once all requirements listed above have been met.

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Law and Professional Ethics CE Course (18 Hours) – Online CE Course

*****This course will be discontinued as of January 31, 2021.  The course titled Law and Professional Ethics 12 Hour CE Course has been updated as of January 13, 2021.  Please refer to that updated course beyond January 31, 2021.

This course of Law and Professional Ethics is based upon California law for licensees, interns, and associates in CA.  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.

Law and Professional Ethics 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 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 two unprofessional conduct and negligence behaviors.
  6. Define at least three best standards of practice.
  7. Identify at least one continuing education requirements.
  8. Discuss at least two professional ethics concepts.
  9. Discuss at least two clinical supervision legal considerations.
  10. Discuss at least two clinical supervision ethical considerations.
  11. Discuss at least one important consideration in managing emergencies and confidentiality.
  12. Describe at least two exceptions to confidentiality.
  13. List at least one definition of child abuse.
  14. List at least one definition of elder abuse.
  15. List at lest one definition of domestic violence.
  16. Explain at least one key factor in preserving the standard of care.
  17. Discuss the most common standard of care liability facing clinicians today.
  18. 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 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. Law
    3. Ethics
    4. Standard of Care
  3. Legal Issues
    1. Privilege
    2. Confidentiality
    3. Exceptions to Confidentiality: Child Abuse, Dependent Adult and Elder Abuse, Tarasoff, Danger to Self and/or Others
    4. Treatment of Minors
    5. Sex with Clients
    6. Record Retention and Storage
    7. Termination
    8. Informed Consent
    9. Malpractice
  4. HIPAA and Third Party Reimbursement for Mental Health Services
  5. Continuing Education
  6. Professional Ethics
    1. CAMFT Ethical Standards PT 2 Section
    2. Revised CAMFT Ethical Standards
    3. NASW Ethical Standards
    4. NBCC Code of Ethics
    5. The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Code of Ethics
    6. The ACA Code of Ethics
    7. NAADAC Code of Ethics
  7. Ethics and Confidentiality with HIV/AIDS
  8. Clinical Supervision Law and Ethics Considerations
  9. Self Disclosure
  10. Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergencies
  11. Domestic Violence and the Law
  12. Child Abuse Reporting
  13. 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 Prevention – Domestic Abuse Later 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 The California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Law, California Department of Social Services Office of Child Abuse Prevention, Domestic Abuse Later in Life – Department of Justice, US Department of Health and Human Services


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