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Law and Ethics Friday, July 27th & Saturday, July 28th Presented by Ben Caldwell

  • Fri, July 27, 2018
  • 9:00 AM
  • Sat, July 28, 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
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  • You must be a SVC-CAMFT Licensed or Affiliate Member to get this rate. (If you are only a CAMFT member you must pay Non-member price or become a member) You must attend Friday to receive any CEs.

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Topic:  Law and Ethics - The modern legal and ethical landscape: Morals, technology, and more
  Ben Caldwell, PsyD
Sponsored by: 

Date:  Friday, July 27, 2018 and Saturday, July 28, 2018
Doors open and Registration Starts:
8:30 AM
9:00 AM to 4:00PM 
Continental Breakfast and a Fajita Buffet is provided
Location:  Rancho Cordova City Hall, 

                  2729 Prospect Park Drive,
                  Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)

This program will benefit MFT and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by meeting the qualifications for 6 (for each day)  hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  The presentation focuses squarely on legal and ethical standards in a complex, modern therapy marketplace. Ethics surrounding technology and social media are specifically addressed.Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapist CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 CE Credit will be awarded via email to participants after the completion of the course.
No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.

Workshop Information:

Complies with 6 hour Law and Ethics requirements for Continuing Education required by BBS.  The two-day course complies with the BBS 12-hour course requirement to be eligible to retake the CA law and ethics exam.  This is not an exam prep class.
Choice of 6 hours by coming to FRIDAY ONLY CLASS or SATURDAY ONLY CLASS or 12 hours by coming to BOTH DAYS.


This training is meant to allow flexibility in attending one day or both days - Each day offers it's own teaming objectives so choose what is important to you!
In this two-day chapter conference, participants will learn about the modern and rapidly-changing legal and ethical landscape for mental health professionals. Participants will gain an understanding of their own internal frameworks for such decisions, the strengths and weaknesses of these frameworks, and how to distinguish personal values from professional ones while honoring both.

Day 1 (Friday) -
Day one will focus on recent and planned changes in state law, common questions surrounding work with children and families, and current standards for the utilization of technology and social media in mental health work, including emailing and texting.
- Recent and planned changes to state law 
- Working with minors and families 
- Current legal and ethical standards surrounding technology and social media

Day 2 (Saturday) -  Day two will focus on ethics and values. First, recent changes in ethics codes will be reviewed, given that each master's level profession has updated its code since 2014. Discussion will then move to the inescapable presence of therapist values in decision-making.
- Recent changes in professional ethics codes 
- Morals and values in ethical decision-making -
- Two court cases: Therapist refusals to treat LGBT clients

Learning Objectives:
  • By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to describe recent and planned changes to California law for mental health professionals.
  • By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to integrate current legal, ethical, and best practice standards into their utilization of technology in clinical work.

  • By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to integrate their values into an ethically sound process of decision-making.

Schedule for each day:

8:30 am-9:00 am- Registration & continental  breakfast
9:00 am-10:20 am - Instruction
10:20 am - 10:35 am - Break
10:35 am - 12:00pm - Instruction
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch - Fajita Buffet
1:00 pm - 2:20 pm - Instruction
2:20 pm - 2:35 pm - Break
2:35 pm - 4:00 pm - Instruction

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Benjamin Caldwell is the author of five books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, which is now on its fifth edition, and Saving Psychotherapy. He serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge and The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. In his role as Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the California Division of AAMFT, he has been directly involved in California's first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy for minors, and he 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 is a California licensed marriage and family therapist (#42723) and maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in working with couples.

Registration rates:
You MUST be a SVC-CAMFT Member to receive the Member rates.  If you are a CAMFT member and not a member of our chapter then you must pay non member rate or become a member.

SVC-CAMFT MEMBER Intern/Trainee: $65
SVC-CAMFT MEMBER Licensed or Affiliate: $90

SVC-CAMFT MEMBER Intern/Trainee: $110
SVC-CAMFT MEMBER Licensed or Affiliate: $160

Registration Ends Wednesday, July 25, 2018
No Walk-in Registration unless announced.  

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