Law and Ethics for Behavioral Health Professionals

This course will examine the ethical and legal challenges that are faced with clinical practice. Gain an overall understanding about the purpose and practice of ethical standards in order to decrease future risk within clinical practice.

Course Description

This course is intended for professionals working in the mental health care field (therapists, social workers, psychologist) in addition to individuals working in public health, education, and criminal justice. The Law and Ethics course will review the ethical and legal matters that clinicians face on a daily basis.

This course will meet the 6-hour CEU Ethics requirement for individuals that are renewing their license in the state of California with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course also satisfies the California BBS Law and Ethics training requirements under (18887.3) for LMFT, LPCC, LCSC, and Educational Psychologists in addition to the BOP requirements for psychologists.

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Approximately 6 hours

Up to 6 months to complete coursework

Estimated Tuition


No additional materials required

Ways to Learn



6 CEs

Continuing Education Credit recognized by BBS

Key Features


Access textbooks and course materials completely online - no materials required.


Move at your own pace as your schedule allows – no specific start times or dates.

Dedicated Mentor

Need help with an assignment? Submit your questions directly to the instructor for quick replies.

Active Learning

This course features interactive assignments and authentic assessments. 

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Case Studies

Explore how course content connects to the workplace using real-world case studies.

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Interpret the role of ethics and values within clinical practice
  • Acquire relevant information about the roles within the counseling process and components of diversity to ensure overall cultural competence
  • Describe the role of mental health clinicians regarding responsibilities related to duty to warn in the state of California
  • Analyze appropriate clinical boundaries and ways to avoid clinical mishaps


Please note:
CE credit is verified for California participants, requirements vary by state. Students should check their state boards before registering for these courses.

You may be eligible for tuition reimbursement, check with your
employer to see if you qualify.



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University of Massachusetts Global is recognized by the (BBS) California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing education credit per BPC Section 1887.4.3.

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