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Why you'll love this course

Curt Widhalm, LMFT, served on the CAMFT Board of Directors and brings deep knowledge about these changes -- not just what they are, but why they were made, and what their intended impacts will be.

Course description

In December of 2019, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) updated its Code of Ethics for the first time since 2011. Changes in the code represent meaningful shifts in standards for professional practice, and come in response to changes in the professional world and in the world around us. In this course, Los Angeles therapist and CAMFT Board Member Curt Widhalm, LMFT reviews key changes in the new CAMFT Code, discussing why key changes were made. Highlighted topics include bartering, technology, supervision, and testimonials.

1 Hour CE. Recorded video (non-interactive) format

Learning objectives

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

  • Describe at least three meaningful changes in the new CAMFT Code of Ethics

  • Identify at least two areas that CAMFT closely examined, and ultimately chose not to change

  • Explain the new CAMFT standard on client testimonials, and why this standard has shifted

Course outline

1. Introduction / History
2. Code changes by section
i. Introduction
ii. Responsibility to patients 
iii. Confidentiality, informed consent, and disclosure 
iv. Dual/multiple relationships 
v. Professional competence and integrity 
vi. Telehealth 
vii. Supervisor, supervisee, educator, and student responsibilities 
viii. Responsibilities to colleagues 
ix. Responsibilities to the profession 
x. Responsibility to the legal system 
xi. Responsibility to research participants 
xii. Financial arrangements 
xiii. Advertising
3. Considered but left unchanged


Curt Widhalm, MA, LMFT

Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in the Los Angeles area. He has served as a Board Member at Large and as Chief Financial Officer for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University, and a loving husband and father.

Additional information

Format and Length:

Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 76 minutes

Topic Area:

Law & Ethics

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes a graduate-level understanding of professional legal and ethical responsibilities, and assumes familiarity with the prior (2011) CAMFT Code of Ethics.

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:

Counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. 

Enrollment Period:

90 days

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: March 30, 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:

This course is not part of our APA-approved continuing education program.

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 [# hour(s)] 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.