Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, 10th 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 10th edition is updated to 2023 laws and regulations, and includes hundreds of changes. Among the more substantive changes:

  • New requirements for CE for prelicensed therapists 
  • New requirements for video-based supervision
  • New requirements for pay transparency for employers 
  • Updated rules for continuing education
  • Added research findings on clinical exams for licensure
  • Added information on writing letters and reports 
  • And more! See our more detailed list of substantive changes in this edition

Contents: The chapter list is as follows: 

  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 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.  

About the author: Author Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD teaches Law and Ethics for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. As the Legislative and Advocacy Committee Chair for AAMFT-CA, he drove forward changes in state laws including California's first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy for minors, streamlining hours of experience for licensure, and the title change for prelicensed therapists 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. (2023). Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (10th ed.). Ben Caldwell Labs.

327 pages | ISBN: 978-1-7348735-8-0