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Law and 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 and purchasing the appropriate number of units.

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Law and Ethics CE Course

This Law and Ethics CE course is based upon California law for licensees/interns/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 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.

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
  7. 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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