Lifetime access - Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, 11th ed digital



  • Delivered in minutes via access code sent to purchasing email. You then input the code on RedShelf to access your text.
  • Prefer to rent the book instead, at a lower price? Check out our 120-day rental option.
  • Digital products are non-refundable. 
This digital rental requires the free RedShelf app, which allows for storage and viewing across multiple devices, highlighting and markup, and much more. Within 10 minutes after purchase, you'll receive a code via email that can be used to access the text on RedShelf. Text access requires online connection.

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.

    The text includes hundreds of 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 of Mastering 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.  

    Delivery information: You will receive two separate emails when your order is processed: The first is your receipt, and the second is your RedShelf code and link. If you have not received your Redshelf code and link within 10 minutes of your order, please check your spam/junk folders for an email from If you do not find it there, please reach out to us at


    Caldwell, B. E. (2024). Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (11th ed.). High Pass Education.

    ISBN: 979-8986466859

    About the 11th edition

    Updated to 2024 California state law, with a new chapter structure and several new content areas.


    1. Scope of practice
    2. Licensing
    3. Supervision
    4. Confidentiality
    5. Documentation
    6. Families and children
    7. Abuse reporting
    8. Technology
    9. Business and marketing
    10. Employment
    11. Unprofessional conduct
    12. Advocacy


    The 11th edition is updated to 2024 laws and regulations, and restructured to align with how instructors often use the text. Among the more substantive changes:

    • Updated rules for elder and dependent adult abuse reporting
    • Updated rules for involuntary hospitalization and conservatorship
    • Updated rules for privileged communication
    • Added information on artificial intelligence in therapy practice 
    • Added information on medical and family leave
    • Added information on supervision documentation
    • Added information on documenting medical necessity
    • Added information on advocacy efforts around license exams
    • Updated information on interstate compacts 
    • Four new "Room for Debate" segments

    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.

    Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, 11th ed

    about the author

    Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD

    Dr. Caldwell is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Adjunct Faculty for California State University Northridge. He served for 10 years as Legislative and Advocacy Committee Chair for AAMFT-CA, and chaired the AAMFT workgroup that developed Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy. He has been deeply involved in policy changes impacting California mental health professionals, including the state's first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy for minors. He speaks around the country on issues related to ethics, technology, supervision, and professional development.