This course is the approved (FS 491 Board) Florida Laws and Rules initial licensure requirement for Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors in both venues (provided via live and online broadcast).

Available as a live course. Contact us for information.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2020

How to register: Eight classes are scheduled for 2021 and are also subject to the number of students registered.  If you are interested in this class please register.  Students will be transferred with notice to the next class date if the original registration date is not sufficiently registered. Please keep the reschedule date cleqr on your calendars.  Determinations and notifications regarding class cancellations are made 30 days in advance.

How the online course works: The instructor will emal handouts and a Zoom link to students during the week before the class date.  Participants will be notified by email in the event of a cancellation. Please make sure that email from is not on your spam/blocked log. In the event of a cancellation.  A transfer to the subsequent class date is officially a new registration and is subject to the fee and refund policies. Please understand that registration must be paid to be placed on the roster so check registrations must be paid promptly.

A minimum of five registrants required for online broadcast. Please read the full course information to answer all your questions.

10/2021  "Thank you. I really enjoyed being in your class and learned in a meaningful way appropriate vs inappropriate performance in my practice. I appreciated the time and effort you put into making easier a difficult topic.  Thank you. Veronica Ceballos"

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. 5 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
1.  Participants will be able to discuss F.S. 394, Part 1 that establishes, defines, and mandates state and community mental health services including relevant implications to professional practice.
2.  Participants will be able to discuss F.S. 397, which provides for substance abuse services, including procedural information about the Marchman Act.
Confidentiality and Abuse Reporting Requirements
1.  Participants will be able to discuss the psychotherapist-patient privilege as per F.S. 90.503 including specific applications to clinical practice.
2.  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

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

CE Broker #:  20-201026

Methods: Lecture and discussion with handout material.

Content Area: Legal and regulatory

Purpose: To provide practitioners with an understanding of the laws and rules of professional practice of social work, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counseling  in the state of Florida

Target Audience: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals who may work with these populations.


National Board for Certified Counselors (N.B.C.C.) Program Services has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #: 5978.                  
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.           
Program Services is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Social Work:  State Licensing Board Approval Information for Continuing Education.
The following states accept our national approvals (NBCC) for social work CE:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin.
We are approved in two states for social work (Florida and Alabama).
The following states accept Program Services CE if other state SW boards have approved our CE. (Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,  Mississippi, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.)    
These states specify cross-disciplinary CE is acceptable, have no specified requirements/limitations, or that social workers can self- submit after the fact: 
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Wyoming, New Mexico.
Program Services has not applied for CE for social work in New York, Hawaii, Iowa, and Minnesota.

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 Certification Board, Inc. #159A
Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners #0339
Georgia Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
South Carolina Board of Nursing  CEBroker provider #50-1651
District Columbia Board of Nursing CEBroker provider #50-1651
Allied profession approvals can be found at

Live Seminars

Live Online Broadcast
Your Home or Office
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At your PC or Laptop, No Travel Costs Handouts emailed
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12/17/2021 : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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