2019 Law & Ethics Workshop

  • 08/03/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Kiss Cafe, 915 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA


  • All volunteer spaces full.

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2019 Law & Ethics Workshop
with Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD

Tough Calls, Moral Dilemmas, Technology, and More

Join us even if you've completed your L&E requirements and get 6 CEUs!

Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD teaches Law and Ethics for The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA and California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. As the Legislative and Advocacy Committee Chair for AAMFT-CA, he has driven forward changes in state laws around reparative therapy, hours for licensure, and the title change from "intern" to "associate." Ben is the author of five books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and Saving Psychotherapy.

Focus of this workshop:

In this Law and Ethics workshop, 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.

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. 

8:30-9:00 am: Registration/Networking/Light Breakfast*
9:00 am-12:00 pm: CEU/Speaker Presentation
12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Lunch*
1:00 pm-4:00 pm: CEU/Speaker Presentation
4:00 pm-4:15 pm: CEU Certificate Pick-Up/Networking*

* = non CEU portion of course


Kiss Cafe, 915 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA


SC-CAMFT Member Licensed or Affiliate: $150
SC-CAMFT Associate/Trainee: $100
Non-Member: $170

Organizing Committee/Board Members: $0

Includes morning coffee and tea, full lunch, and afternoon snack.

Continuing Education: Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course completion certificates will be available to attendees at the end of the presentationThe Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider #62284.

Cancellation/Refund Policy48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $10.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency.

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Special Accommodations: The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at president@santacruztherapist.org. Requests must be made one week in advance.

Also note:  please turn off cell phones during the talk, as we have members in our community who are EMF-sensitive.

Grievances may be filed with the SC-CAMFT at president@santacruztherapist.org.

For any questions please contact the president@santacruztherapist.org.

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