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Back to the Couch: Legal and Ethical Tools for Building Your Back to Business Plan

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Course Description:
As California slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, many practitioners are wondering if now is a good time to resume seeing patients in person. With California's “reopening,” it is important for practitioners to be aware of the laws and ethics associated with safely reopening.

Join CAMFT staff attorneys Kristin Roscoe and Bradley Muldrow for a discussion about how therapists can offer services that comply with applicable laws and ethical guidelines.

This presentation will provide an overview of current mask requirements, employer considerations, coming changes to telehealth, changes to supervision for pre-licensees, and key tips for all practitioners seeing patients in person.

**UPDATE** On August 5th, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Public Health Order that mandates full vaccination to all workers working in “health care facilities” by September 30, 2021.

Member: $25
Non-Member: $35

Credit Hours:
1.5 Hours

Learning Objectives:
The presentation will provide an overview of:
  • Recognize the most common legal and ethical issues encountered by therapists offering in-person sessions.
  • Identify key laws governing the delivery of in-person mental health services.
  • Identify the four sections of the CAMFT Code of Ethics that might come up for a therapist when resuming in-person sessions.
  • Identify two exceptions patients might cite as grounds for being unvaccinated that might raise possible liability if the therapist asks further questions.
The user acknowledges that the workshops, handouts, and related course materials contained therein are intended for educational purposes only, and should not be considered to be legal advice or a substitute for legal or clinical consultation. These presentations address issues that are multi-faceted, and the user should not assume that the courses discuss every law, regulation, or ethical code that may be relevant to the subject matter. Legal and ethical standards are subject to change and it is always prudent to check to see whether a particular law, regulation, or ethical standard may have changed.