This course focuses on the legal and ethical standards related to termination of psychotherapy, as well as clinical practice principles involved in meeting those standards. The content examines prohibitions against client abandonment and ethical prohibitions against prolonging therapy when no longer beneficial. The course also examines clinical practice principles relevant to meeting applicable legal and ethical requirements in a clinically sound way. To complete this course, participants access online content that includes case vignettes, a reader exercise, and short webbased video clips. The online posttest must be passed with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.
Continuing education: This course can be used toward the ongoing six hour continuing education requirement for law and ethics coursework for California LCSWs.
After completing this module, readers should be able to do the following:
- Identify, clarify, and differentiate core concepts of California law and ethical standards pertaining to termination of therapy.
- Identify indicators of risk for premature or precipitous termination, and principles for mitigating those risks.
- Identify features of clinical documentation that demonstrate compliance with mandates and ethical standards relevant to termination.