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Supervision in California Private Practice: Legal and Ethical Issues 2023

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Supervisors considering hiring an associate must navigate a host of labor and regulatory laws that are often overlooked in bringing prelicensed mental health professionals into their business. This workshop covers the employment regulations for new and existing small employers, navigating the dual roles of employer and mentor, providing structure for supervision, and how to cover legal and ethical decision making with associates.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the four necessary employment forms required by the IRS and EDD to be completed for new employees
  2. Review 3 Board of Behavioral Sciences required paperwork for associates
  3. Critique four components of a supervisory informed consent document
  4. Identify three advertising requirements of pre-licensees in private practice
  5. Interpret four ethical principles for supervisory relationships
  6. Evaluate two evaluation procedures for supervisees

Our Presenters

Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt Widhalm, LMFT is the owner of the group practice Real Honest Therapy in the Los Angeles area. He is a lecturer in Law & Ethics at California State University-Northridge anda  member of the CAMFT Ethics Committee. Curt is a former Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for both the Law & Ethics and Clinical Exams for Marriage and Family Therapists. He is also th co-host of The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide podcast. You can find more about him at

Adriana Rodriguez, LMFT

Adriana Rodriguez, LMFT is a queer, bilingual licensed psychotherapist, consultant, and educator who specializes in working with QTBIPOC adults. Adriana has supervised pre-licensed therapists, and her lived experience with clinical supervision has forged a passion for addressing the gaps that exist when supervisors do not share the identities of the clinicians they supervise or the populations served by these clinicians.


Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent.