Law and Ethics: They Did What?! A Case Study Review of Disciplinary Actions (6 hours)

6 Hours Law and Ethics: They Did What?! A Case Study Review of Disciplinary Actions

Law and Ethics: They Did What?! A Case Study Review of Disciplinary Actions (6 hours)

Price: $72.00


This course will provide participants with a deeper understanding of what behaviors can lead to disciplinary investigations with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). This course will review actual cases of disciplinary investigations that the BBS has published and made public. The instructors will share the facts of each case and discuss the underlying illegal and/or unethical behaviors. The instructors will also explore what safeguards could have prevented the disciplinary investigation and protected the clinician during the investigatory process. In addition, the course will provide psychotherapists an understanding of what to do if they become part of a disciplinary investigation. 

This course fulfills the BBS law and ethics requirement for license renewal.


Amanda Rowan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the founder and CEO of the Therapist Development Center. Amanda graduated with honors from Dartmouth College where she majored in neuroscience and completed her senior thesis on the neuroscience of the learning process. She earned her Masters in Social Welfare at UCLA. Since founding the Therapist Development Center in 2008, Amanda has prepared more than 40,000 therapists nationwide to pass their state licensing exams. 

Robin Gluck is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She is the Vice President of Continuing Education and an exam coach with Therapist Development Center. Robin was instrumental in creating the law and ethics exam prep program and the MFT clinical written exam. Robin has been teaching law and ethics to associate MFTs since 2012 when she joined TDC. Robin has a bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a master’s degree in public policy from American University, and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling from San Francisco State University.  

Elisabeth Gonella is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years experience. She has expertise in working with adolescents and young adults which includes college-based counseling, private practice, wilderness based programs, emotional growth boarding schools and psychiatric hospital settings. She is experienced in acute psychiatric care and crisis management fostered by collaborative work in psychiatric care institutions. Elisabeth is a Core Faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, teaching primarily the following:  Process of Psychotherapy, Clinical Practice,  Law and Ethics and Career Development. Elisabeth has a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. 


This course is appropriate for mental health clinicians at all levels of experience to better understand the legal and ethical issues that have led to disciplinary investigations, how to proactively avoid becoming part of investigations and how to respond to an investigation.

This course is appropriate for mental health providers in California.


Upon completion, participants are expected to be able to:

  1.  Explain what constitutes an unethical dual relationship
  2.  Describe the potential risks associated with dual relationships
  3.  Identify indicators of poor boundaries
  4.  Identify steps a psychotherapist can take to address problematic countertransference 
  5.  Describe interventions supervisors can use with supervisees to meet the standard of care
  6.  Explain how a supervisor could be disciplined for their supervisee’s actions
  7.  Explain the benefits of participating in consultation groups 
  8.  Identify steps a psychotherapist can take to demonstrate they have met the standard of care
  9.  Describe the purpose and benefits of record keeping 
  10.  List five potential consequences of involvement in a disciplinary investigation
  11.  List five steps that can be taken when responding to a BBS investigation

CE Credits - 6 Hours

Please check your state's specific requirements.

Therapist Development Center, provider 1449, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Therapist Development Center maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 5/30/21-5/30/24. 

If you are an AMFT, MFT, ASW, or LCSW in California, the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) accepts continuing education credits given through ASWB ACE-approved courses.


Average: 5 (46 votes)
Aundriea Evans, Bellflower, California

I have benefited greatly from this program. Ive passed all exams from law and ethics to my LCW exam with your programs.

Billy Jeane E. Mora, Rancho Cucamonga, California

It was helpful, thank you.

Irma Sommerfeld, LCSW, a professional corporation, Thousand Oaks, California

This was an engaging way to learn about law and ethics. Great title of the course, "They did what?"