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This course was designed to satisfy the Florida "Laws and Rules" initial licensure requirement for Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors in both venues (live and online broadcast).  Psychologists also may take this course in order to qualify to supervise Mental Health Counselor Interns.  The credits will apply to license renewal.  Minimum of five registrants required to hold the course. Registrants for classes that do not meet the minimum will be transferred to the next live class or online broadcast of their choice. Participants will be notified by email in the event of a cancellation. Please make sure that email from is not in your spam/blocked listings. A transfer is officially a new registration and is subject to the fee and refund policies.

Approvals are listed in this course description.  State-specific courses are generally not applicable to other states.

Revised 2022

Description:  A required curriculum for candidates for Florida licensure in Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, this 8-hour class presents the pertinent laws and rules to aid professional counselors in avoiding malpractice problems, adherence to licensure requirements and protection of clients' welfare. The laws and rules for behavioral health practice legislation and relevant administrative code include F.S. 455 Part II, F.S. 491, F.A.C. 64B4. The module on behavioral health services legislation includes F.S. 394, F.S. 397. The third module includes psychotherapist-patient privilege, child, and elder abuse reporting requirements as per F.S. 90.503, F.S. 415 and F.S. 39, concluding with highlights of several other state and federal laws that may be relevant.

Professional Practice Legislation
1.  Participants will be able to discuss F.S. 456 which establishes the regulation of the health professions through the Florida Department of Health, empowered to license and regulate health practitioners
2.  Participants will be able to discuss F.S. 491, governing the practices of clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counselors
3.  Participants will be able to discuss F.A.C. 64B4, which establishes the Florida Board for LCSW, LMFT, and LMHC, and defines it's authority, procedures, and activities, and includes practice definitions, and requirements for licensure and supervision
Behavioral Health Service Legislation
4.  Participants will be familiar with F.S. 394, Part 1 that establishes, defines and mandates state and community mental health services including relevant implications for professional practice
5.  Participants will be familiar with F.S. 397, which provides for substance abuse services, including procedural information about the Marchman Act
Confidentiality and Abuse Reporting Requirements
6.  Participants will be able to discuss the psychotherapist-patient privilege as per F.S. 90.503 including specific applications to clinical practice
7.  Participants will be able to describe the requirements for reporting child and elder abuse and other related provisions as per F.S. 415 and F.S. 39

CE Credits: 8

CE Broker #:  Date specific.  

Hour One:   Introduction and Overview,  FS 456
Hour Two: F.S. 456 continued.
Hour Three:  F.S. 491 
Hour Four:  F.A.C. 64B4
Hour Five: F.S. 394
Hour Six: F.S. 397 
Hour Seven:  F.S. 90.503, F.S. 39 
Hour Eight:  F.S. 415

Methods: Lecture and discussion with handout material.

Approvals:  Please note that this is a Florida-specific course

Program Services Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Program Services Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Program Services is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. #5978
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) #86395
Florida Board of Nursing FBN #2456 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling:     BAP #162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Board of Psychology. BAP#162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Office of School Psychology. BAP#162 CEBroker provider # 50-1651
Florida Certification Board, Inc. #159A

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