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California: Law & Ethics for Marriage & Family Therapists

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Credit Value: 6
Exam Questions: 42
Passing Grade: 32 correct
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Course Description:

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.

Reviewed by TM DiDona, PhD 2018 and found to be current. For a full list of current references, please Click Here

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Credits: 6 Exam Fee: $70.00 Format: Online
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This Ce-Classes.com course is approved for CE credit by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) Ce-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Ce-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) CE-Classes.com, provider #1142, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/5/2017-1/5/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
  • Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

  • The National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Provider #96981. Expires 9/1/2019
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit

  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2021
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Ce-Classes.com is approved to provide continuing education by the following professional organizations: ASWB and APA. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by these nationally recognized certifying bodies to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0221 Expires 2-2021
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, Continuing Education Provider – 5674 expires 4/30/2020.
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors, Continuing Education Provider
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: 219
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201 Expires 5/31/2021
  • New York Social Work Board – Ce-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education
    Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of
    continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.

  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2020 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2020.

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