Florida psychologists looking to meet their requirement should take the course titled: Florida Statutes and Rules Affecting the Practice of Psychology.

Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This course meets the requirements of a Florida Laws and Rules course for Florida clinicians. This training will provide a review of ethical guidelines, laws, and ethical decision-making pertinent to Florida clinicians. (Florida Psychologists see note above).

Course Format

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

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss established ethical and legal requirements as stated in ethical codes and in Chapter 456 (General Provisions)
  • Be sensitive to ethical problems as they arise, including the complexity of these issues
  • Discuss the issue of competence and the steps a provider should take to maintain competence, including important competencies
  • Define multicultural competence and List some considerations in working with Latino families
  • Define confidentiality, and discuss informed consent and limits of confidentiality (including Baker act and Chapter 90.503 – Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege)
  • List the legal requirements for mandated reporting of child and elder abuse
  • Discuss the dynamics of dual relationships
  • Discuss issues related to sexual relationships with clients including harm to therapist and client (law stated in Chapter 456, General Provisions)
  • Outline steps clinicians can take in responding to suicidal risk
  • Discuss recognizing medical conditions that share common symptoms with mental health illnesses
  • Discuss ethical issues related to the “business” of mental health.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • How Do Ethical Problems Occur?
  • Ethics vs. Law
  • Achieving and Maintaining Competence
  • Cultural Competence
  • Informed Consent
  • Confidentiality
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Duty to Protect
  • Multiple or Non-Sexual Dual Relationships
  • Sexual Relationships with Clients
  • Responding to Suicide Risk
  • Failure to Detect Medical Conditions
  • Ethics and Business Practice
  • Summary


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

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit.

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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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