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Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, 6th ed - paperback version

Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, 6th 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 sixth edition is updated to 2019 law and professional ethics codes, and includes the following changes:

  • New supervision rules, including major changes from Assembly Bill 93
  • Updated discussion of current controversies, including Emotional Support Animal letters
  • Practice test questions to aid in learning
  • And more!

Contents: The chapter list is unchanged from the fifth edition: 

  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 700 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 the fifth edition averaged 5 out of 5 stars on Amazon as of December 19, 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. (2019). Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (6th ed.). Los Angeles: Ben Caldwell Labs.

ISBN: 978-0-9989285-7-9