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Law and Ethics in Youth Services and Child Welfare

  • County of Contra Costa 500 Ellinwood Way Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523 United States (map)

This course explores legal and ethical issues for licensed professionals working in youth and family services and child welfare. Topics include an overview of liability issues, the sources of procedure in our work, and how to minimize liability. Liability issues related to youth services and child welfare will be discussed.

Specific topics will be reviewed including consent, confidentiality, mandated reporting laws, and minimizing personal bias. Ethical practice issues in working with youth and families will be discussed. Transference and counter-transference with also be discussed with guidelines for professional helping relationships provided. The NASW and CAMFT Codes of Ethics will be reviewed with attention to relevance in youth and family services. The California Business and Professions Code unprofessional practices are provided. An ethical decision making model will also be discussed with practical applications to youth service providers.

This training participants will be able to: 1. Describe professional liability issues and how to minimize liability 2. Identify consent, confidentiality, and mandated reporting responsibilities in youth and family services 3. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical practices and guidelines for professional helping 4. Describe key elements of the NASW and CAMFT codes of professional ethics.

This course meets the BBS requirement for Licensed Clinicians to take six (6) CEUs on Law & Ethics every two years in order to supervise Associates and Interns.


Paul Gibson, LCSW is a therapist and program consultant with 39 years of experience working with culturally diverse youth and families in residential, mental health, and public health settings. He has been a licensed therapist for 32 years and has provided extensive training for youth service providers on topics that include youth mental health issues, clinical supervision, law and ethics issues, and the DSM 5. He currently has a private therapy practice in San Francisco and provides individual and group clinical supervision to professionals seeking licensure.

Continuing Education

This course meets the qualifications for six (6) CEUs for LPCCs, LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and is provided by Lincoln under CAMFT's Continuing Education Provider Program (CEPA), #133478.

Training Registration Policy

Registration closes a week prior to the training and we cannot accept late registrations. Thank you for your understanding.

Training Cancellation Policy

If we cancel training or special event as a result of low registration, for example, registrants will be notified by email or phone one week prior to the training date and receive a full refund. Where courses are cancelled for reasons beyond our control, then registrants will be given shorter notice and will receive a full refund. If a registrant cannot attend training and contacts the Training Institute within 72 hours of the training or special event to cancel, a full refund will be issued. If a registrant contacts the Training Institute outside of the 72 hour period, a refund will not be issued.


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations to participate in our trainings or special events, please contact the Training Institute at 510-273-4700, x4132 at least 3 days in advance.


When a grievance arises pertaining to a Lincoln training, the complainant is expected to notify Minjon LeNoir, Director of Training, either by phone 510-273-4700, x4331, in writing, or in email, as soon as possible so that the nature of the concern may be addressed in a timely fashion in order to be resolved.


If you have questions or need additional information please contact Minjon LeNoir, Training Director, at