This course is specifically designed to meet the licensure renewal requirements for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of California.The California Board of Behavioral Science mandates that every Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, completes 6 hours of continuing education in the area of law and ethics every renewal period (2 years). California Statute 1887.3(d)
The ethics portion of this course is based upon multiple articles which as a whole provide the student with an overview of the most common ethical problems faced by clinicians today, with more detailed information on confidentiality and boundary violations. The laws and rules portion focuses on new statutes and other pertinent laws.
The first article. published on the APA – American Psychological Association website, is about ethics for psychologists and other healthcare professionals. It is a short summary of the frequent ethical problems that are encountered by practicing psychologists and therapists, as well as other healthcare professionals, with guidelines for avoiding problems. It is full of practical tips on how to avoid common ethical dilemmas.
The second article is a comprehensive report on Mental Health published by the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States. This course provides therapists and healthcare professionals with a review of current information on ethical issues about confidentiality; values underlying confidentiality, research on confidentiality and mental health treatment and the current state of confidentiality law. This course is designed for healthcare professionals who work in both private and public, and urban and rural areas. It is targeted for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners.
This third article is based on a publication of Psychiatric Services: A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association. The article discusses the problematic issue of boundary violations and sexual misconduct between therapists and their clients. The discussion includes risk factors and preventive measures. The course is targeted for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners.
The last article is based upon the Buisness and Professions Code of the State of California Statues. It relates several of the regulations relating to the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy, Educational Psychology and Clinical Social Work issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
This course is designed for both clinicians and administrators who work in both private and public agencies. It is specifically designed for marriage and family therapists, however, it is also appropriate for other mental health professionals, such as psychologists, mental health counselors and clinical social workers, who are interested in another perspective on ethics. It is targeted for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners.
The course may meet the 6 hour mandatory license renewal requirements for many licensed professions.
Ohio Professionals – This course is NOT accepted for license renewal by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapy board.
The first Article is:
10 Ways Practitioners Can Avoid Frequent Ethical Pitfalls. Boost Your Ethical Know-How with These Practical Tips on Avoiding Common Ethical Quandaries.
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The second article is:
Confidentiality Of Mental Health Information; Ethical, Legal, & Policy Issues from the Surgeon Generals Report
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The third article is:
This couldn’t happen to me: Boundary problems and sexual misconduct n the psychotherapy relationship.
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The fourth article includes excerpts from the California Business and Professions Code and from the BBS website.
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Learning Objectives: This course will provide a professional with a review of common ethical problems, confidentiality and boundary problems as well as California law. Specifically, a professional will able to:
- Identify the most common ethical problems currently facing practicing therapists and healthcare professionals.
- Identify the laws regarding confidentiality and the values that underlie confidentiality.
- Identify important components in California law for marriage and family therapists.