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

What's New in the 11th Edition

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
  • About the Author

    Author Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD teaches Law and Ethics for California State University Northridge.
    He has driven forward meaningful changes in state laws for therapists, 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."
    He presents around the country on topics related to ethics, technology, supervision, and professional development.

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The chapter list is as follows: 

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

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