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California Law and Ethics Exam Plan

Changes are coming to the California LCSW licensing process (see our earlier post). Come January, 2016, the Golden State switches to the national ASWB exam and a California-specific Law and Ethics exam. The BBS has now released a detailed outline of possible content for the L&E exam. Here are the basics:

I. Law 40%

A. Confidentiality, Privilege, and Consent 14%

B. Limits to Confidentiality/Mandated Reporting 16%

C. Legal Standards for Professional Practice 10%

II. Ethics 60%

A. Professional Competence and Preventing Harm 18%

B. Therapeutic Relationship/Services 27%

C. Business Practices and Policies 15%

The outline contains lots of details, divided into Task Statements and Knowledge Statements, which is simpler than it sounds. Tasks are the legal and ethical things you do; knowledge is the legal and ethical stuff you know. Example:

Task Statement

T17. Comply with laws regarding sexual contact, conduct, and relations between therapist and client to prevent harm to the client and/or the therapeutic relationship.

Knowledge Statement

K32.Knowledge of laws regarding sexual conduct between therapist and client.

K33. Knowledge of legal requirements for providing client with the brochure Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex.

Have questions about your specific situation and the L&E exam? This BBS FAQ page might be helpful. Anything not found in the above links should be a few click away on the BBS Exam News page.

Our Law & Ethics practice exam should be up soon HAS LAUNCHED! To get started with SWTP L&E and ASWB practice tests, sign up! Good luck on the exam!

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