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Law & Ethics--What's NEW in 2022?

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Course Description:
This two-hour workshop breaks down multiple new laws impacting California psychotherapists that became effective on January 1, 2022. These laws introduce significant changes to numerous subjects including mandated reporting, emotional support dog documentation, managed care, and communication between licensees and the BBS. The workshop will also provide brief overviews of CAMFT’s scope of practice bill, which was recently signed into law by Governor Newsom, new regulations for MFTs serving as supervisors, and recently enacted laws you may have missed.

Important Update as Of March 25, 2022:
It has come to CAMFT’s attention that there is a discrepancy in law regarding the age for Elder and Dependent Adult services and investigations and the requirements for mandated reporters to report alleged elder and dependent abuse/neglect. AB 135 changed the definitions of an “elder” and “dependent adult” for purposes of investigation or providing services under an Adult Protective Services program to: elder as a person who is 60 years of age or older and a dependent adult as a person who is between 18 and 59 years of age. CAMFT is currently addressing the discrepancy with various state agencies. We will keep members appraised of any updates.

Member: $40
Non-Member: $50

Credit Hours:
2 Hours

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Participants will be able to identify the new age ranges during which California residents constitute “elders” and “dependent adults” and recognize the new criteria for determining whether an individual is a dependent adult.
  • Participants will also be able to identify the kinds of workers who can serve as supervisors in private practices and professional corporations (i.e. employees, contractors, and/or volunteers).
  • Participants will be able to identify the differences between service dogs and emotional support animals and discuss the new regulations for providing documentation supporting patients’ need for emotional support dogs.
  • Participants will be able to state how frequently health plans must offer their enrollees non-urgent follow-up appointments with therapists (as of July 1st, 2022).
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.

This course satisfies the Law and Ethics course requirement for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs which is required for each license renewal cycle.

Refunds/Cancellations: CAMFT does not offer refunds for On-Demand Library purchases.