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"Legal and Ethical Issues Workshop"

  • June 14, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364
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  • June 8, 2019 to June 14, 2019
  • June 8, 2019 to June 14, 21019

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Legal and Ethical Issues Workshop

with Benjamin Caldwell, Psy.D.

"Tough Calls, Moral Dilemmas, Technology, and More"

In this Law and 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.

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.

This course is intended for beginning to advanced therapists.

Learning Objectives - In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate the impacts of three recent changes in California law impacting mental health practice.
  2. Differentiate between a personal opinion, a clinical opinion, advice-giving, and imposing personal values.
  3. 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.
  4. Identify three common frameworks for making value-based decisions.
  5. Identify at least two implications from court cases involving mental health students' moral decision-making.             

About the Presenter:

Benjamin Caldwell, Psy.D. 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 pre-licensed MFTs and PCCs. For his advocacy work, he was awarded the AAMFT Division Contribution Award in 2013.

In his clinical work, he has specialized in working with couples.



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     Friday, June 14, 2019


8am-8:30am Registration/Networking/Light Breakfast*

8:30am-12pm CEU/Speaker Presentation

12pm-12:30pm Lunch*

12:30pm-3pm CEU/Speaker Presentation

3pm-3:15pm CEU Certificate Pick-Up/Networking*

This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

Course meets the qualifications for 6 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

* = non CEU portion of course


     Woodland Hills Country Club (Oak Room)

        21150 Dumetz Road Woodland Hills, CA 91364

The Country Club does not allow denim. This location is ADA compliant.

Room will be chilled; please dress accordingly.



     SFV-CAMFT chapter members

     $50 (online until Friday prior to event 11:59pm) / 

        $80 (online week of event)

     Non chapter members

     $110 (online until Friday prior to event 11:59pm) / 

        $140 (online week of event)

     $50 (STUDENTS ONLY - online until day before event 11:59pm)

         No phone or email RSVP. No walk-ins accepted.

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         Includes breakfast and lunch.

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CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
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