This course reviews the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a California licensed clinical social work (LCSW) license and presents the legal requirements and ethical standards for professional conduct, as delineated in Chapter 14 of the California Business and Professions Code (BPC), along with the NASW Code of Ethics. Topics explored include the legal and ethical standards related to advertising, recordkeeping, scope of competence, dual relationships, and termination of therapy. There is also a discussion of the potential consequences of unprofessional conduct, including disciplinary action by the California licensing board (BBS) and being subjected to an NASW ethics review, along with criminal or civil suits. To complete the content, readers view several short, web-based video clips from a previously recorded live presentation and print the instructor’s PowerPoint (PPT) slide presentation to follow along with video clips. To print a certificate of completion, the online posttest must be passed with a score of 80% or better.
This module can be used toward meeting the six-hour license renewal requirement for law and ethics training every two years for California LCSWs.
After completing this module, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify the requirements for obtaining and maintaining a California LCSW license.
- Identify and differentiate core concepts of legal and ethical standards for California LCSWs.
- Identify common misconceptions about legal obligations and ethical standards.
- Identify unprofessional conduct as defined in California law and as detailed in the NASW Code of Ethics (professional ethical standards for social workers).
- Identify the potential consequences of unprofessional conduct.