California Law and Ethics > introduction

California Law and Ethics

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
3 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price $15


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  • 2. It would be helpful to 'print the test' to fill out as you read the course.

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Board and Agency Approvals

In short, this course is accepted by the BBS and meets the BBS regulations requiring registrants to take 3 hours of continuing education coursework in California law and ethics during each renewal period in order to be eligible to renew their registration.

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts course from providers approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (Approval #6412)


CE Course Description

This course is specifically intended to meet the BBS regulations requiring registrants to take 3 hours of continuing education coursework in California law and ethics during each renewal period in order to be eligible to renew their registration.

Laws and ethics permeate all services licensed professionals offer. They give the consumer protection and a set of expectations in the services they receive. They concurrently provide a road map for the professional healthcare practitioner. This course is designed to reinforce the legal and ethical responsibilities of the professional healthcare practitioner.
This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email or call (909) 628-4216.



At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • 1. Discuss current laws and ethics in practicing general counseling principles.

  • 2. Discuss the complexities of ethical dilemmas and apply a framework for dealing with these complexities.

  • 3. Establish and maintain appropriate boundaries.

  • 4. Maintain self-awareness and manage transference and counter-transference issues.

  • 5. Apply the laws and ethics regarding reporting requirements, i.e. child abuse, elderly abuse, plan to harm self or others, Tarasoff etc.

  • 6. Discuss HIPPAA regulations and how to apply them in practice.

CE Course Outline

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • Need to know

  • Chapter 2 : Laws and Regulations
    • Necessity of a License
    • Application Methods
    • Hiring and Supervisions of Interns/Associates
    • Disciplinary Issues
    • Codes of Ethics

  • Chapter 3: Applying Ethical Principles in Practice
    • An Ethical Philosophy of Practice
    • The Complexities in Managing Ethical Dilemmas
    • Having a Clinical Self-Awareness and Counter-transference issues
    • Consulting with Another Professional When in Doubt
    • Having Good Judgment and Using Common Sense
    • Clients Right to Informed Consent
    • Guidelines for Selecting and Defining Goals
    • Record Keeping

  • Chapter 4: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries
    • Behaviors Which Weaken Boundaries
    • Behaviors Which Strengthen Boundaries
    • The Use of Appropriate Boundaries
    • Risks of Poor Boundaries
    • Illustration of How Boundaries May Be Weakened

  • Chapter 5: Reporting Requirements and Issues
    • Child Abuse and Neglect
    • Elder Abuse
    • Domestic Violence
    • Confidentiality vs. Need to Report :Tarasoff

  • Chapter 6: HIPAA and other Confidentiality Guidelines
    • Exercises in Confidentiality
    • HIPAA Regulations
    • Common HIPAA Questions and Answers

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