Training Class Details
Class Title: BBS- Legal and Ethical Issues: Telemental Health and Consent, Privacy and Mandatory Reporting- 6 CAMFT & RN CE Credits
Class Date: Thursday, January 11, 2024
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 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: Rachel Michaelsen
Class Description:

BBS- Legal and Ethical Issues: Telemental Health and Consent, Privacy and Mandatory Reporting- 6 CAMFT & RN CE Credits

*This training fulfills the 3-hour Telehealth BBS requirement, 3 hours law and ethics requirement for a total of 6 hours of law and ethics*

Training Summary:

In work with system involved youth and families there are numerous legal and ethical considerations to keep in mind. In this class participants will learn: 1)  California telehealth legal codes and telehealth professional codes of ethics including: informed consent, privacy, working with people out of state, preparing for crisis, and handling technology failure; 2) research on telemental health; 3) best practicing when providing online health and mental services; 4) general consent for treatment requirements; 5) privacy issue including in the use of technology; and 6) required mandatory reporting.  This class meets the 3 hour, one time requirement for a telemental health course for all registrants and licensed mental health providers, the biennial 6 hour law and ethics requirement for licensed mental health professionals and the annual 3 hour law and ethics requirement for registrants.


Learning Objectives:

·        Describe how and when to obtain informed consent for telemental health services when working with system involved youth.

·        List two pros and two cons of providing telemental health services to system involved youth and their families.

·        Explain at least two ways to maintain confidentiality when engaging in telemental health to system involved youth.

·        Make a plan to handle suicidal system involved youth when providing services via telemental health.

·        Explain when and who can consent for minor’s mental health treatment.

·        Explain how to maintain client privacy while using technology.

·        Explain when they are required to make mandatory reports, who to contact when making at least two types of mandatory reports, and at least two ways to make mandatory reports.


Transfer of Learning:

·        Participants will be able to understand legal and ethical issues and use best practices while providing services via telehealth.

·        Participants will be able to maintain client confidentiality.

·        Participants will be able to obtain proper consent for treatment and know when and how to make mandatory reports.


Trainer Bio:

Rachel Michaelsen, LCSW, is a clinical social worker who has worked in HMOs, public agencies, and private practice as both a mental-health provider and a supervisor for over thirty years. She has taught courses in DSM-5, clinical supervision, law and ethics, childhood psychopathology, time management, boundaries, vicarious traumatization and energy psychology at universities, conferences, and mental-health agencies. She has a private psychotherapy practice, which has been exclusively been online since 2020 and is also the recent past chair of the Humanitarian Committee for the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.

*There will be two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break. During these breaks, continuing education credits are not accrued.



You must work with dependent (foster & probation) youth in Alameda, Amador, 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 check-in during the training to confirm your attendance via visual, verbal, or written roll-call. 

• 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 


Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice 

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605 

(510) 654-4004 x2244 


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 OR 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.