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January/February 2019 The Therapist Article in Law and Ethics

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the articles, are you able to:
1 Name the two laws in California that allow for minors to consent to their own
mental health treatment.
2 Describe a minor’s right to access and authorize for the disclosure or release of
their mental health treatment records.
3 Explain how CAMFT Ethical Standard 8.6 affects the issue of minor patients
and asserting the psychotherapist-patient privilege.
4 Compare how the issue of minor patients and privilege is addressed in different
types of legal proceedings.
5 Describe why the age of twelve is so important when it comes to the issue of
minor patients and privilege in juvenile court dependency proceedings.
6 List and describe the scope of practice and scope of competence for LMFT.
7 Assess whether you are working within the scope of practice and your scope of

This test is valid for obtaining continuing education hours until February 29, 2020.
CAMFT is recognized as a CE Provider by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for LMFTs, LEPs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (16 C.C.R. §1887.4.3(3)(D)).