12-Hour California Law & Ethics Self-Study

12 Hour Continuing Education Course

6-Hour Streaming Video + 6-Hour Text Course

Meets the 12-hour Law & Ethics requirement for AMFTs, ASWs and APCCs retaking the California Law & Ethics Exam.

  • Take the course
  • Pass the post-quiz
  • Print your certificate

A thorough understanding of current laws and ethical standards pertaining to psychotherapy is critical for therapists. This course integrates video and text-based components to present comprehensive and up-to-date information specific to recently enacted legislation as it pertains to mental health professionals in California. It also includes an overview of issues such as privilege and confidentiality, danger to self or others, treatment of minors, mandated responsibilities, telehealth, health insurance and private practice, and other legal issues related to mental health practice. Recent changes in the law are highlighted.


The text contains over 300 pages, so we recommend purchasing the printed book rather than printing it yourself.

Principal Faculty and Credentials:
Gerry Grossman, MA, LMFT

American Counseling Association (2005). ACA Code of Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. (2011). CAMFT Code of Ethics. San Diego, CA: CAMFT
Workers, N. A. (2008). NASW Code of Ethics (Guide to the Everyday Professional Conduct of Social Workers). Washington, DC: NASW.

Target Audience
LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, and/or LPCCs. Level: Introductory to Intermediate.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize legal and ethical responsibilities.
  2. Understand how to carry out legal and ethical responsibilities.
  3. Maintain a standard of care to protect against charges of criminal, civil, and ethical wrongdoing.
  4. Know when and how to properly consult to better uphold legal and ethical responsibilities.

Gerry Grossman has successfully trained thousands of exam candidates for their BBS licensing exams since 1985. His teaching style is clear, incisive, humorous and empathic. As a trained hypnotherapist, he has assisted many people with test anxiety and other clinical issues. In 2016 Gerry received the Educator of the year award from AAMFT-CA.

In private practice, Gerry specializes in working with young children and their families.

If you are not yet licensed you can register for this course with a 10% discount. Please use this button to sign in. When you return your prelicensure discount will be enabled.


Online Only
Online Plus Printed Materials, $30.00 additional, plus tax and shipping

Cost: $149.85
This price includes your $9.00 discount for ordering online and your 10% associate discount but not any applicable taxes or shipping.

This course is not approved for credit from the NBCC, as it highlights California law.

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case examples and going through the various aspects of each topic, competence, consent, telehealth, hipaa - was great.

Advantages of taking Gerry Grossman Seminars at-home CE courses:

Save more by studying online! If you don't buy any printed material, you don't pay any tax or shipping charges.

Gerry Grossman Seminars is approved to offer Continuing Education courses for these licensing organizations.
Some of our courses may not be applicable to your organization.
It is your responsibility to determine which of our courses will satisfy your license renewal requirements.

Participants must complete all course materials and pass all quizzes to receive their certificates of completion. Participants may print their certificates themselves or purchase certificates from Gerry Grossman Seminars.


ADA Statement
ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate what your needs are at the time of registration. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.

If you would like to file a grievance, complaints or have questions, please contact us at grievances@gerrygrossman.com.

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