Training Class Details
Class Title: Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare - 6 CAMFT CE Credits
Class Date: Friday, June 2, 2023
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 0
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Nicole Nelson
Class Description:

Law and Ethics Issues in Youth Services and Child Welfare - 6 CE Credits

Presented by Nicole Nelson, MFT

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 specific to youth and family services will be reviewed including consent, confidentiality and mandated reporting laws.

Ethical practice issues in working with youth and families will be discussed. 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.


Learning Objectives:

• Participants will understand the 4-step process to respond to legal and ethical considerations in working with youth and families (Know the Flags, Assess for Context, Consultation, Documentation).

• Participants will be able to name the process for responding to each of the 4 major liability issues in working with children and families (consent, confidentiality, involuntary confinement, and mandated reporting) and have an opportunity to discuss the process for their workplace.

• Participants will be able to apply ethical decision making and consultation through vignettes on common topics such as gift giving, money, social situations, and referrals.


Nicole W. Nelson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently serving as Director or Seneca Institute of Advanced Practice. Previously, Nicole provided clinical supervision for Seneca staff in Marin and Sonoma programs. She has lead a weekly Exam Study Group and has helped dozens of MFTi's and ASW's successfully navigate the BBS licensure process.

Training Schedule:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Full time of training: 8 hours

Instructional time: 6 hours

Non -instructional time: five 12 minute breaks, one-hour lunch


You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend.



Course meets the qualifications for 6 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.  

We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed.



• You must sign IN & OUT before you leave. 

• You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written.



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing:



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through

registration confirmation email or by calling:

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004


If you would like to report a grievance, please contact in writing:

Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice

6925 Chabot Road, Oakland, CA 94618


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the

Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event.


Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.