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    • September 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • December 15, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Online
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    *RECORDING OF* our second of 4 Law and Ethics Presentations. 

    Register now for the FREE RECORDING (for SBCAMFT members!) September 25 CE (1.5 hours of CE credits) Part II Law and Ethics Presentation:

    What are Progress Notes?

    September 25, 2020 L&E Presentation

    Michael Griffin, Esq.


    Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, is an attorney at law and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mr. Griffin received his MSW degree from the USC School of Social Work in 1980, and obtained his LCSW in 1982. In 1998, Mr. Griffin was a member of the first graduating class at Chapman University School of Law and obtained his law license in 2002.

    Mr. Griffin has a broad background of experience as a mental health professional and has worked as a therapist, clinical case manager, clinical supervisor and child/adolescent outpatient clinic director, and was the Director of Clinical Operations for Western Youth Services in Orange County, California. He also served as a BBS oral examiner for LCSW candidates.

    For several years, Mr. Griffin was employed in the department of Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA., where he worked as a child- family therapist, clinical supervisor, and outpatient clinic director, and was the coordinator of school-based mental health programs. Mr. Griffin is a practicing psychotherapist in Orange County, CA., and is an attorney with CAMFT, where he consults with CAMFT’s members regarding legal and ethical issues.

    SYLLABUS

    A. Title, Date & Time

    *RECORDING* “An Overview of Progress Notes as They Are Utilized in Documenting Mental Health Treatment Records” 

    September 25, 2020

    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    B. Instructor Information

    Michael Griffin, Esq.

    CAMFT Staff Attorney

    C.General Information/Description

    This 1.5-hour course, including Q and A, is intended to provide a brief overview of the topic of “progress notes,” as they are utilized in documenting mental health treatment records. 

    D.Educational Goals

    To help therapists understand the primary legal rules governing the provision of treatment via minor's consent. 

    E. Measurable Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

    1. Describe 3 or more specific functions/purposes for progress notes.
    2. Explain how progress notes are relevant to the requirements expressed in California Business and Professions Code, 4982. (v), which requires therapists to “keep records consistent with sound clinical judgment, the standards of the profession, and the nature of the services rendered.” 
    3. Explain how progress notes are relevant to the ethical standards concerning client/patient records, as expressed in §5.3 of the CAMFT Code of Ethics.  
    4. Explain the difference between “progress notes” and “psychotherapy notes” as they are defined by HIPAA. 

    F.Outline

    WHAT ARE PROGRESS NOTES?

    Progress notes are brief, written notes in a client’s/patient’s treatment record, which are produced by a therapist as a means of documenting various aspects of the treatment provided, including, the nature of services rendered, and the necessity and efficacy of such treatment.

    ARE THERE KEY LEGAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR DOCUMENTATION?

    The fundamental legal and ethical standards are nearly identical: 

    Business & Prof. Code, §4982. (v) 

    Unprofessional conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following: Failure to keep records consistent with sound clinical judgment, the standards of the profession, and the nature of the services being rendered.

    CAMFT CODE OF ETHICS 

    §5.3 CLIENT/PATIENT RECORDS: Marriage and family therapists create and maintain client/patient records consistent with sound clinical judgment, standards of the profession, and the nature of the services being rendered.

    WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF WRITING PROGRESS NOTES? 

    Progress notes may help to reflect a therapist’s sound clinical judgment in dealing with complex and challenging treatment scenarios. 

    Progress notes may be used to comment on legal or ethical issues, which arise during the course of treatment, and the therapist’s response to those issues.  

    DO PROGRESS NOTES PROVIDE A BENEFIT TO THE CLIENT? 

    Writing a progress note requires a therapist to contemplate what the client’s treatment consists of, and how it is beneficial to the client.   

    G. CE Questions (optional) Thank you!

    Additional Notes Pertaining To Our Policy As A CE Provider:

    1) This course has been designed for a mental health professional that include LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Also, Pre-licensed and Associate members may earn hours of experience for attending the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisor.

    2) Refund/Cancelation Policy: Attendees may cancel registration and request a refund one week from the time of the event.

    3) To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at events@sbcamft.org.

    4) To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email events@sbcamft.org.

    5) Course Completion Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.

    6) As required by the California Board of Behavioral Science, this course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's.

    7) SBCAMFT provider number (57942).

    8) Santa Barbara Chapter CAMFT is Approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and content.

    9) The America with Disabilites Act (ADA accomodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA compliant.

    Warm regards,

    Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT


    • October 13, 2020
    • 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • December 15, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (PST)
    • Online
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    This is a *RECORDING* our third of 4 Law and Ethics Presentations. 

    Register now for the FREE RECORDING (for SBCAMFT members!) October 9 CE (1.5 hours of CE credits) Part III Law and Ethics Presentation:

    Minors Consent

    October 9, 2020 L&E Presentation


    Bradley J. Muldrow, Esq.

    SYLLABUS

    A. Title, Date & Time

    Critical Legal and Ethical Requirements for Providing Treatment to Minors Who Are Consenting on Their Own

    October 9, 2020

    1:30 pm– 3:00 pm

    B. Instructor Information

    Bradley J. Muldrow, Esq.

    CAMFT Staff Attorney

    Bradley Muldrow's Resume.pdf

    C.General Information/Description

    This presentation covers critical legal requirements and clinical considerations for providing treatment via minor's consent under Family Code Section 6924 and Health and Safety Code Section 124260.

    D.Educational Goals

    Help therapists to understand the primary legal rules governing the provision of treatment via minor's consent.

    E. Measurable Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to:

    1) Understand key legal and clinical considerations for treating minors via minor's consent.

    2) Understand key issues to document when providing treatment via minor's consent.

    F.Outline

    A. Introduction

    B. Legal Considerations 

    1. Family Code Section 6924
      1. Requirements
    2. Health and Safety Code Section 124260
      1. Requirements
      2. Parent Notification Rules
      3. Supervisor Notification Rules (for Trainees)
      4. Payment Considerations
      5. Considerations for Interdisciplinary Treatment Facilities

    C. Clinical Considerations

    1. General Considerations 
    2. Records Requests from Parents and Guardians
    G. Optional CE Questions

    For CEUs, please contact ce@sbcamft.org


    Additional Notes Pertaining To Our Policy As A CE Provider:

    1) This course has been designed for a mental health professional that include LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Also, Pre-licensed and Associate members may earn hours of experience for attending the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisor.

    2) Refund/Cancelation Policy: Attendees may cancel registration and request a refund one week from the time of the event.

    3) To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at events@sbcamft.org.

    4) To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email events@sbcamft.org.

    5) Course Completion Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form. ce@sbcamft.org

    6) As required by the California Board of Behavioral Science, this course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's.

    7) SBCAMFT provider number (57942).

    8) Santa Barbara Chapter CAMFT is Approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and content.

    9) The America with Disabilites Act (ADA accomodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA compliant.


    Warm regards,

    Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT


    • November 13, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (PST)
    • December 15, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Online
    Register

    This is our fourth (and final) of 4 Law and Ethics Presentations. 

    Register now for the FREE *RECORDING* of (for SBCAMFT members!) November 13th CE (1.5 hours of CE credits) PartIV Law and Ethics Presentation:

    A Therapist’s Mandatory Reporting Obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act

    November 13th, 2020 L&E Presentation


    Luke Martin, MBA, JD

    November 13, 2020 L&E Presentation


    A. Title

    “A Therapist’s Mandatory Reporting Obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act”

    November 13, 2020

    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    B. Instructor Information

    Luke Martin, Esq.

    CAMFT Staff Attorney

    (Resume attached)

    C.General Information/Description

    Attorney Luke Martin takes an in-depth look at Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act from the standpoint of what the California Penal Code states. Mr. Martin examines why the law was created, who qualifies as a mandated reporter, the various types of abuse and neglect as well as concludes with how to actually make a report. Various scenarios will be presented throughout and as time permits questions will be answered on specific instances. 

    D.Educational Goals

    At the end of this presentation, participants will:

    • Be able to identify the specific categories of abuse and neglect
    • Understand their obligations to report as a mandate reporter
    • Recognize where and how they must report abuse and neglect 

    E. Measurable Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to: 

    • Recognize why the law was created and acknowledge potential deficiencies in the law
    • Interpret the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act as it relates to marriage and family therapy
    • Assess multiple scenarios to analyze if child abuse and neglect has occurred

    F.Outline 

    1. The Law Protects

    2. Who Does This Apply To? 

    3. When Do I Report? 

    4. Types of Abuse

    5. Neglect Defined 

    6. How to Report? 


    Additional Notes Pertaining To Our Policy As A CE Provider:

    1) This course has been designed for a mental health professional that include LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Also, Pre-licensed and Associate members may earn hours of experience for attending the Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisor.

    2) Refund/Cancelation Policy: Attendees may cancel registration and request a refund one week from the time of the event.

    3) To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at events@sbcamft.org.

    4) To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email events@sbcamft.org.

    5) Course Completion Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.

    6) As required by the California Board of Behavioral Science, this course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's.

    7) SBCAMFT provider number (57942).

    8) Santa Barbara Chapter CAMFT is Approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT's, LCSW's, LPCC's, and LEP's. Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and content.

    9) The America with Disabilites Act (ADA accomodates attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Event is ADA compliant.

    For more information and online registration, click on the following link: November 11: A Therapist’s Mandatory Reporting Obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.

    We look forward to seeing you there! 


    Warm regards,

    Santa Barbara Chapter of CAMFT


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