Law & Ethics 2019:
Tough Calls, Moral Dilemmas, Technology & More!
Presented by: Ben Caldwell, Psy.D.
Sponsored by: Clear Recovery Center
Location: Torrance Cultural Arts Center - 3330 Civic Center Drive Torrance, CA 90503
Space Limited! Register Today! Lunch will be provided!
Workshop Description: In this Law & Ethics update, we will review recent changes to state law, discuss the role of technology in modern practice, and engage in a deep discussion of the morals and values that underlie individual ethical decision-making processes. Difficult decisions without clear or easy answers will be the focus of the day. Through the use of case examples, this workshop will show how our individual morals and values influence therapy work even when we seek to appear neutral; how to identify your own morals and values relevant to your practice; and why owning those values matters.
Workshop Goal: Goals for this workshop include (1) Informing therapists about recent and not-widely-known changes in state law and regulation impacting mental health practice; (2) Assisting therapists in understanding the role that their own morals and values play in clinical and ethical decision-making; (3) Encouraging therapists to think critically about that role and its implications for therapy; (4) Informing therapists about recent developments in court cases and ethical standards related to the personal values of the therapist; and (5) Encouraging therapists toward transparency with clients about the therapist’s values, in accordance with ethical standards and the therapist’s theoretical orientation.
Objectives: At the conclusion of this educational presentation, participants will be able to
- Articulate the impacts of three recent changes in California law impacting mental health practice.
- Differentiate between a personal opinion, a clinical opinion, advice-giving, and imposing personal values.
- Construct a framework for clinical and ethical decision-making that integrates personal morals and values in a manner that is within professional ethical boundaries and appropriate to their clientele
- Identify three common frameworks for making value-based decisions
- Identify at least two implications from court cases involving mental health students’ moral decision- making.
Benjamin Caldwell is the author of five books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and Saving Psychotherapy. He serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge. In his role as Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the California Division of AAMFT, he was directly involved in California’s first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy for minors, and drove the change in title from “intern” to “associate” for prelicensed MFTs and PCCs. For his advocacy work, he was awarded the AAMFT Division Contribution Award in 2013. He maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in working with couples.
Long Beach - South Bay CAMFT - APPROVAL NUMBER: 56159
LBSB CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LEP’s & LPCC’s. LBSB CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
Course meets the qualifications for six (6) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Refund Policy: With a 24-hour written notice, a full refund will be provided. With less than 24 hours' notice, credit towards attendance at a future education program course will be provided. Target Audience: This educational program is planned for marriage and family therapists, marriage and family therapy associates, social workers, counselors and/or educations psychologist. Special Needs Accommodations: In the event that special needs accommodations are required, please contact Jennifer Birner at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your need at least 8 days prior to the educational program. Awarding Course Completion Certifications: LB-SB CAMFT monitors attendance with sign-in and sign-out sheets and final course evaluations. Once the participate have signed out and provided course evaluations, course completion certificates will be provided. Grievances: The Program Administrator (PA) and Board of Directors (BOD) will handle complaints or grievances and conduct investigations to determine the appropriate resolutions. The BOD and PA will respond within 48 hours of receiving the complaint and will provide timely fall-up to the participant during the course of investigation and resolution.