The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes!

  • 22 Feb 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Loma Linda University, Dept. of Social Work & Social Ecology, 1898 Business Center Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408
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  • Member of state CAMFT, but not a chapter member
  • Anyone who is not either a CAMFT or IE-CAMFT member.
  • Member of the Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT


The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes!  a Law & Ethics Presentation by:  

Dave Jensen, JD

Course Description:   

Whether they realize it or not, psychotherapists are creators of legal and ethical outcomes, whether for good or for ill. In this workshop, Dave Jensen, JD will instruct attendees on the ten principles that can be applied to help psychotherapists create legal and ethical outcomes, not illegal or unethical ones. This workshop will also spend a significant amount of time reviewing laws and cases concerning patients who are dangerous to third parties, and it will review in detail an actual BBS administrative law proceeding.

This workshop is designed to help you:

1. Identify the ten fundamentals of practicing legally, ethically, safely, and most important, confidently.

2. Recognize three differences between the duty to warn, the duty to protect, and the duty to report.

3. Describe three aspects of a clinician’s credibility as a psychotherapist.

4. List four hallmarks of thorough Tarasoff evaluation.


Outline for the Class:

9:00 to 9:30                 Introduction/Overview of Class

9:30 to 12:00               Defining the Ten Fundamentals of the Profession

1:00 to 3:30                 Tarasoff and Cases Involving Patients Dangerous to Others

3:30 to 4:00                 Review of an Actual Administrative Law Case


List of Statutory, Regulatory or Decisional Law

California Business & Professions Code §§ 865, 2290.5, 4982, 4987.7

Gross v. Allen (1994) 22 Cal.App.4th 354

Underwood v. United States (1966) 356 F.2d 92

California Approved Civil Jury Instructions 505, 506

Sanchez v. Rodriquez (1964) 226 Cal.App.2d 439

Barton v. Owen (1977) 71 Cal.App.3d 1

Heater v. Southwood Psychiatric Center (1996) 42 Cal.App4th 1068

California Civil Code § 43.92

California Welfare & Institutions Code § 8105

Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California (1976) 17 Cal.3d 425

Ewing v. Goldstein (2004) 120 Cal.App4th 807

Calderon v. Glick (2005) 131 Cal.App.4th 234

Estates of Morgan v. Fairfield Family Counseling Center (1997) 77 Ohio St.3d 284

Littleton v. Good Samaritan Hospital (1988) 39 Ohio St.3d 86                     

Dave Jensen has been a Staff Attorney with CAMFT since April 2002. Dave graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, and he received his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. In 2016, he was awarded a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies with a Concentration in English from Fort Hays State University. 

Before joining CAMFT, Dave worked for Foley & Lardner, a large national law firm, where he regularly established and advised nonprofit organizations.  As an attorney with CAMFT, he consults with its members regarding their legal and ethical dilemmas. He is a regular contributor to The Therapist magazine, and he gives numerous law and ethics presentations to chapters, schools, and agencies each year.


Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT is a CAMFT Approved CEU Provider Agency  Provider # 62278

CEU Hours: This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Certificates: Completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation.

Refund Policy:  If a participant is unable to attend and notifies IE-CAMFT 24 hours in advance of the training, full reimbursement will be sent within ten (10) working days.

Grievance:  If any aspect of the training is not to the full satisfaction of any participant, please notify the coordinator, CEU committee chair, or another IE-CAMFT board member.  We hope to resolve any issue immediately on-site.  If not resolved, the full IE-CAMFT board will review and resolve the issue.

IE-CAMFT wishes all participants to have an excellent learning experience.  Please notify the coordinator or other board member if you need special accommodations.  If possible, call Garry Raley at (951) 640-5899 in advance

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