Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This course provides a review of professional ethics and California-specific laws, which play an important role in the daily lives of psychologists. There are two sources of information used to direct California psychologists in maintaining ethical and legal integrity – the American Psychological Association (APA; 2017) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the California Board of Psychology Laws and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Psychology (2021). The APA’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct sets forth the core values of the profession of psychology, which consists of two central aspects: a set of ethical principles and a code of conduct. The California Board of Psychology Laws and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Psychology (2021) was developed to outline the important ethical and legal considerations related to the practice of psychology. This learning material is designed to meet the relicensure requirement for psychologists to keep abreast of current California laws and ethics directing the practice of psychology in their state.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a post test. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the ethical and legal considerations related to competence, including emotional and cultural competence, competency in the provision of telehealth, and informed consent
  • Identify legal and ethical considerations related to confidentiality and privilege.
  • Explain the psychologist’s role in mandatory reporting of child and elder abuse.

Course Syllabus

Emotional Competence
Cultural Competence
Competency in the Provision of Telehealth
Minors and Confidentiality
Child Abuse Definition
Child Abuse Laws
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
Elder Abuse Definitions and Laws
Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse
Failure to Report and Good Faith Reporting
Patient Records
Unprofessional Conduct


Heidi Dalzell, Psy.D.

Heidi Dalzell, Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice specializing in eating disorders, as well as dual addictions, trauma, domestic violence and depression. She conducts individual and couples therapy with adolescent and adult clients. In addition to authoring numerous mental health courses she frequently blogs and writes newspaper articles about mental health topics.

Accreditation Approval Statements is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

We are committed to providing our learners with unbiased information. CE4Less never accepts commercial support and our authors have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to the material.

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