Law and Ethics

Law and Ethics Exam Prep: Confidentiality

Submitted by Maria Denardo on Tue, 10/25/2022 - 04:00pm

This month we're going to tackle an important topic of confidentiality as it relates to the law and ethics exam preparation. Confidentiality is both a legal and an ethical requirement placed on the therapist that restricts the volunteering of information obtained in a therapeutic relationship. By and large, maintaining confidentiality is the default state for therapists. However, there are mandatory and permitted exceptions to the rule, and the BBS wants you to know the information inside-out for the LMFT, LCSW, and LPCC law & ethics exams. Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the confidentiality

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Law and Ethics Exam Prep: Mandated Reporting

Submitted by Maria Denardo on Mon, 08/22/2022 - 04:00pm

“My client disclosed XYZ. Is that a mandated report?” This is one of the most common questions that I hear among trainees and associates, who often feel anxious about mandated reporting in the earlier stages of their career. It’s an incredibly important subject to know how to navigate legally and ethically in real life, and you can expect the BBS to test your knowledge on it at length. So, let’s start with the basics. What is a mandated reporter? All pre-licensed and licensed social workers and therapists are considered mandated reporters. This means that we’re legally obligated to report

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ASWB Exam Prep: Ethics and Discipline

Submitted by Heidi Tobe on Mon, 06/13/2022 - 05:33pm

As I coach our LMSW and LCSW customers, the question of the ‘why’-the purpose of the test- sometimes comes up. Ultimately, the ASWB exists for the purpose of public safety. The ASWB exists to be a gatekeeper to the profession, ensuring licensed social workers are able to practice safely and ethically. So many questions on the exam fall under safety and ethics. (And so many of our challenging situations once we’re licensed come from ethical issues; more on our ethics CE offerings below!). ASWB Exam Prep: Ethics So what happens when a social worker acts in a manner that is unsafe or that goes

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Revised CAMFT Code of Ethics: How will it affect your licensing exam? (Part 1 of 3)

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:49pm

In recent weeks, we have received a significant number of inquiries about the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s (CAMFT) revised Code of Ethics (CoE) and what it means for the licensing exams (California MFT Law & Ethics and Clinical). We are well aware that exam-related changes often cause anxiety. In an effort to quell some of your anxiety, we thought it would be helpful to provide an overview of the changes and explore how these changes will affect the content of your licensing exam. In brief, the most important thing to know about the changes to the Code of Ethics is

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Covid-19 and Licensing Exam Updates

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 04/27/2020 - 10:43pm

(Updated November 30, 2020) We hope everyone continues to stay safe and that you and your loved ones are doing well during these challenging times. Since March, a lot has changed, and as a consequence, many questions have arisen. The goal of this blog is to answer frequently asked questions we've received about the licensing exams as the pandemic continues to affect exams. Are testing centers open? The answer to this question depends on where you live. At this time, mental health is considered an essential service. As a consequence, some testing centers have reopened to allow MFT, social work

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Free Law and Ethics Practice Question: Advertising

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 08/12/2019 - 08:03pm

This month’s California law and ethics practice question tests your knowledge of legal and ethical issues regarding advertising. If you are an associate MFT, Social Worker, or PCC in California, you can expect to see questions related to this topic appear on your exam Law and Ethics exams. It’s important to know the legal requirements, delineated in the CA Business and Professions Code and the ethical obligations included in your professions code of ethics. The BBS falls under the Department of Consumer Affairs and wants to ensure consumers have the correct information to make informed

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Free Law and Ethics Practice Question: Insurance

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:45am

Last month, the California law and ethics practice question tested your knowledge on HIPAA. This month, we are continuing with this theme and exploring insurance more generally. It’s possible, though highly unlikely, that you have avoided working with insurance thus far. Regardless, the BBS expects you to be familiar with the issues that arise when working with insurance. You can definitely expect to be tested on the subject. And while this blog cannot address every insurance-related issue, it will provide you an opportunity to test your knowledge on a key issue for the topic. How might the

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Free Law & Ethics Question: HIPAA

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Tue, 06/11/2019 - 04:32am

This month’s free California law and ethics practice question will test your knowledge on HIPAA. What is HIPAA? HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 has been around for more than two decades. The law is so complex, that even 20+ years later, it’s still difficult for many MFTs and social workers (not to mention other health care providers) to navigate. Not a day passes without at least one HIPAA-related question showing up in my inbox. While this blog cannot cover everything you need to know about HIPAA, it will provide you an opportunity to test your knowledge

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FREE Law & Ethics Practice Question: Professional Will

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:58pm

One of the subjects that could be tested on your California Law and Ethics Exam is the topic of Professional Will. This is a difficult topic to broach, as it speaks to our personal vulnerabilities. As a consequence, many therapists avoid it all together. However, it is a critically important part of client care and ethically required. If you have clients, you must have a clear plan in place for them in case of planned or unplanned absences. If a professional will is not in place, client’s can suffer greatly. Regardless of how much or how little you already know about the topic of professional

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FREE Law & Ethics Practice Question: Therapy Records

Submitted by Robin Gluck on Tue, 04/30/2019 - 03:46am

This month’s free law and ethics practice question will test your knowledge on therapy records. Regardless of where you work, (agency, private practice, county mental health, etc.) therapy records are a must! Therapists must maintain therapy records that meet the standard of care; without them, therapists are vulnerable to legal liability. There are a variety of ways this topic can be tested on your California law and ethics exam. Here are some common questions: How long must records be retained? Who has access to client records? What should be included in therapy records? Who owns therapy

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