Why you'll love this course

This course goes beyond a list of what's changed and into why these changes matter. Learn the reasons behind these changes, and the problems they aim to solve.

Course description

This course reviews legislation taking effect in 2020 that impacts California mental health professionals. Specific attention is given to Assembly Bill 5, which impacts rules for independent contractors; license portability; reporting allegations of sexual misconduct; and supervision-related rule changes. Differences in impacts for Psychologists as compared with other mental health professionals are reviewed.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe at least three legislative changes taking effect in 2020 that impact California mental health professionals

  • Describe the three components of California’s “ABC” test for the hiring of independent contractors

  • Describe the new suicide prevention training requirement for California mental health professionals

Course outline

1. 2020 changes in statute

i. Independent contractors (AB5)

ii. Suicide prevention training

iii. Allegations of sexual misconduct

iv. Notice to consumers

v. Criminal convictions

vi. BBS license portability 

vii. LEPs as supervisors

viii. 90-day rule

ix. Technical changes

2. 2020 changes in regulation

i. Supervision-related changes



Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT

Education Director, SimplePractice Learning

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#42723). He currently serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles. He has taught at the graduate level for more than 15 years, primarily in Law and Ethics, and has written and trained extensively on ethical applications in mental health care. In addition to serving a three-year term on the AAMFT Ethics Committee, Dr. Caldwell served as the Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for AAMFT-California for 10 years. He served as Editor for the Users Guide to the 2015 AAMFT Code of Ethics and is the author of several books, including Saving Psychotherapy and Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video Format (non-interactive); Total running time 61 minutes

Topic Area:

Law & Ethics

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes current knowledge of applicable law for mental health care and provides an update on what is changing in 2020.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: January 27, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.