Legal and Ethical Issues for California Pre-Licensed Associates - Live Online (3 CE)

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Course Level: Beginner

This Course is for: Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists

Course Format: This is a live, interactive online course taught by an instructor via Zoom. Participants are required to attend the live online workshop, participate in group discussion, and complete the course evaluation before earning the certificate of attendance.

Course Developed By: Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT

Bio: Gerry Grossman, M.A., LFMT 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.

Content By: Gerry Grossman, M.A., LMFT

Course Description:

This live online, interactive course presents an up-to-date overview of the legal and ethical responsibilities related to MFT, LCSW, and LPCC practice. Recent changes in the law will be highlighted to ensure that registrants stay updated with current laws and best practices for their profession. All Pre-Licensed BBS registrants who renew their registration after January 1, 2023 are required to complete a minimum of 3-hours of continuing education (CE) in CA Law and Ethics, each renewal period. This course fulfills this requirement (registrants must certify, under penalty of perjury, that they have completed this required coursework).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Assess and manage legal responsibilities pertaining to both mandated and permitted exceptions.
  2. Assess and manage ethical responsibilities pertaining to informed consent, client records, treatment of minors, and HIPAA requirements.
  3. Identify recent changes to the law and the impact of these changes for clinicians.

Course Agenda:


9:00am – 9:15am

  • Introduction to Course


  • Confidentiality
  • Mandated Exceptions
  • Child Abuse Reporting
  • Dependent Adult/Elder Abuse Reporting


  • Tarasoff
  • Suicidal Clients
  • Privilege
  • Informed Consent


  • Issues in Treating Minors
  • Client Records
  • Scope of Practice
  • Scope of Competence
  • Telehealth

Course Completion Requirements:

Attendees must be present for the duration of the training as evidenced by the attendance report generated by Zoom, as well as complete the course evaluation to receive a certificate of credit. 


The course evaluation is accessible in your student account. After completing the training, log into your GGS student account to complete the course evaluation. 

How certificate is issued:

Upon verification of attendance and completion of the course evaluation, each participant will be able to access a personal CE certificate of attendance in their student account.

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