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Legal & Ethical Issues: Unprofessional Conduct and Other Trouble Spots for Psychotherapists, David Jensen, JD

  • Sat, January 09, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 4 Points Sheraton Hotel


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 January 9, 2016


 David Jensen, JD

In this workshop, Dave Jensen will review the ten fundamentals of the psychotherapy profession and address the following laws: advertising; business entities therapists can use for their practices; patient access to records; unprofessional conduct; and what makes a valid termination of the therapist-patient relationship different from an abandonment of such relationship.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  • Identify the ten fundamentals of practicing legally, ethically, safely and confidently.
  • Learn the rules pertaining to advertising.
  • Learn the business entities that therapists can use for their practices.
  • Learn the rules pertaining to patient access to records.
  • Describe the concept of unprofessional conduct.
  • Distinguish valid terminations from patient abandonments.
    • Describe legal and ethical issues which commonly arise during termination.
    • Describe legal and ethical issues which frequently arise when writing letters for clients. 
    • Describe legal and ethical issues related to fees and insurance and measures for avoiding problems in this area.
    • Describe key considerations in the documentation of treatment.

Dave Jensen has been a Staff Attorney with CAMFT since April 2002. He was born in Flint, Michigan, but was raised in Tustin, California. Dave graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and he received his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. Dave passed the California bar examination in February 1999, and he did it on his first try! Before joining CAMFT, Dave worked for Foley & Lardner, a large national law firm, where he regularly established and advised nonprofit organizations. As an attorney with CAMFT, he consults with its members regarding their legal and ethical dilemmas, and he is a regular contributor to The Therapist magazine.  Dave gives numerous law and ethics presentations to chapters, schools, and agencies, and his popular, What Does the Law Expect of Me? series, which includes Parts I, II, III, and IV, have helped therapists to better understand their legal and ethical obligations.


When: Saturday, January 9, 2016  From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Avenue, #201, Corte Madera, CA 94925

Lunch: On your own; there are many restaurants in the area

Fees: $59 for Marin CAMFT members, $69 for Non Members

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about Marin CAMFT's Workshops and about joining the Committee, please contact the Director-at-Large for Programs.


Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director-at-Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director-at-Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director-at-Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for license renewal. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents  Contact Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

This workshop qualifies for 6 CEUs for Psychologists and RNs, which will be provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center. It is approved by the APA to provide CE for psychologists and by the CBN to provide CE for RNs. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is responsible for this program and its contents. Contact David Lukoff, Phd or call 727 763 3576 for more information

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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