Law and Ethics 2019

6 Hour Text-based Course

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A thorough understanding of current laws and ethical standards pertaining to psychotherapy is critical for mental health professionals. This text presents 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.

Author: Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT

Target Audience: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced; California LMFTs, Social Workers, LPCCs, and LEPs.

Please note - the text for this course is extensive, so it may take up to a minute or more to download if you have a slow internet connection.

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

Want the text but don't need the CE credit? Purchase the text as a standalone reference manual here.

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

  1. Assess and manage legal responsibilities pertaining to both mandated and permitted exceptions.
  2. Assess and manage ethical responsibilities including dual relationships, establishing and maintaining clinical boundaries, managing countertransference, and engaging the client in the informed consent process.
  3. Maintain a standard of care to protect against charges of criminal, civil, and ethical wrongdoing.
  4. Describe how to consult to better uphold legal and ethical responsibilities.

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This course satisfies the following California BBS Continuing Education requirements:

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.

GGS Text-based Continuing Education Course

The course text will be immediately available for you to read online after your purchase.
You also have the option of purchasing the text as a printed book.

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


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

Cost: $65.00
This price includes your $4.50 discount for ordering online 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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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.

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