California Law and Ethics
The counselor licensure bill has gone into effect as of January 1, 2010, and will regulate Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) with requirements that are on par with California Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) and with Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in 49 other states. It will cover Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs), who provide psychotherapy. It will be unlawful to practice professional clinical counseling, as defined in the bill, or use the title, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, without a license.
The new Law requires a total 0f 18 hours of training in California Law and Ethics -- which CE at Alliant is making available in three or six hour segments. This series of workshops is specifically designed to meet the criteria specified in the LPCC requirements.
The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has confirmed that prospectives licensees can begin taking required courses now.
Daniel Taube, PhD, JD, is an associate professor at Alliant International University, specializing in family and child clinical, legal and ethical issues. He is Chair of the Institutional Review Board and Coordinator of the Forensic Family Child track.
Dr. Taube€™s areas of interest include ethical and legal issues in professional practice and research, and prevention and intervention into child maltreatment. He consults regularly with mental health professionals and attorneys regarding ethics and standards of care in professional practice, and has published research and commentary on such issues.
Part 3 will focus on substantial matters encountered in practice. such as multiple relationships and boundary issues.
Part 4 will focus on licensing law and other relevant requirements for LPCCs