Florida Laws and Rules for Mental Health Professionals
Florida mental health professionals are legally obligated to be aware of standards that govern professional accountability. As mental health professionals are affected by these rules and regulations, they have the responsibility to keep informed of regulatory changes and provide public comment regarding regulations. The laws and rules discussed in this course have been chosen because they are among the most pertinent and apply specifically to professionals renewing their license. In addition to the benefit to the public, periodically reviewing the laws and rules that govern the profession can help to safeguard against disciplinary action, litigation, and/or termination resulting from unauthorized, inappropriate, erroneous, unethical, or illegal behavior or practice. This course fulfills the requirement of the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling that board licensed professionals complete three hours of continuing education coursework regarding state laws and rules governing mental health care every third biennium after initial licensure.
The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge of the laws and rules governing the practice of mental health in Florida in order to increase compliance and improve client care.
This course is designed for all mental health professionals in Florida, including social workers, therapists, and counselors.
- Discuss the importance of confidentiality and record keeping for mental health professionals.
- Describe the legal and ethical boundaries established for supervision in the mental health professions.
- Identify issues that may arise in the psychotherapist-client relationship.
- Outline the standards of practice for mental health professionals in Florida.
- Review disciplinary actions that may be taken against mental health professionals who violate state laws.
Dana Friedlander, Esq., PA, is a practicing attorney in Tampa, Florida. She completed her undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, before completing her law studies at University of Florida, College of Law, in Gainesville, Florida. She worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the 13th Judicial District from 1995 to 2003, after which she entered into private practice. Ms. Friedlander is a member of the Florida Bar and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Contributing faculty, Dana Friedlander, Esq., PA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.
Alice Yick Flanagan, PhD, MSW
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As a Jointly Accredited Organization, NetCE is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.
Social workers participating in this intermediate to advanced course will receive 3 Non-Clinical continuing education clock hours.
In addition to states that accept ASWB, NetCE is approved as a provider of continuing education by the following state boards: Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners, Provider #0515; Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker Provider #50-2405; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Social Workers, License #159.001094; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Licensed Professional and Clinical Counselors, License #197.000185; Illinois Division of Professional Regulation for Marriage and Family Therapists, License #168.000190;
This course fulfills the Florida requirement for 3 hours of education on Laws and Rules.
- 3.00 Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
- 3.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
This course is offered through NetCE.
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