Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, 5th ed - paperback version

Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, 5th ed - paperback version

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Written by a therapist for other therapists (and therapists in training), Basics of California Law takes the many nuances of California law and regulation and puts them in digestible, easy-to-apply language. It covers all three of California's major masters-level mental health professions: Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counseling, and Clinical Social Work.

What's New: The fifth edition is updated to 2018 law and professional ethics codes, and includes new material on:

  • Employment Law, including wages, sick leave, termination, and more
  • Family Law, including marriage, separation and divorce, custody, and more
  • Supervision
  • Technology
  • Current controversies
  • And more!

Contents: In addition to the wealth of new material, we've also reorganized material for the fifth edition. The new chapter list: 

  1. Licensing
  2. Supervision
  3. Unprofessional Conduct
  4. Confidentiality
  5. Documentation
  6. Families and Children
  7. Abuse Reporting
  8. Business and Marketing
  9. Technology
  10. Advocacy

The text includes more than 500 footnotes identifying specific articles, links, and sections of California law and regulation that serve as reference material for this text.

Reviews: Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs has been praised as "the comprehensive resource I've wanted for my graduate school courses" by Kathy Wexler, LMFT, LPCC. Diane Gehart, author ofMastering Competencies in Family Therapy, calls it "an indispensable resource for students, educators, and practicing clinicians." It is perfect for students learning about the state laws governing their profession, interns preparing for their licensing exams, and clinicians keeping current on state law. Reader reviews for previous editions have averaged 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon as of January 2018. 

About the author: Author Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD teaches Law and Ethics for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles and The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. 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."

Course instructors: If you are using Basics of California Law as a required text in your class, or would like to review it for adoption consideration, you may be eligible to receive an instructor review copy at no charge. Please visit this page for additional information.

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Caldwell, B. E. (2018). Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (5th ed.). Los Angeles: Ben Caldwell Labs.

ISBN: 978-0998928524