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2021 Legal & Ethical Issues Workshop RECORDING: Writing Letters/Opinions and Treatment of Minors

  • 07/26/2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • 08/16/2021
  • 11:59 PM
  • Recording


  • If you are a pre-licensed Member of RECAMFT, please use this registration type.
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CAMFT presents

2021 Law & Ethics 
Summer Series B


 Please be aware that this registration is for the RECORDING of the online event. If you prefer to attend the LIVE event, there is a separate registration on our website. The recording will be made available on the Monday after the live event and will stay viewable for 3 weeks. 

           "Writing Letters and                   Offering Opinions"


                                   Presented by: 

      Michael Griffin, Esq, LCSW 


           "Understanding the    

              Fundamentals of                       Minor Consent"


                                  Presented by: 

                                   Alain Montgomery, Esq 


When: Viewing of this recording will be available from Monday, July 26th, 2021 to Monday, August 16th, 2021

Where: A link to view the event recording will be e-mailed to you

CEs: 3 CEs for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs & LEPs

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Course Description         
This 3 hour event will have two 90 minute presentations. One on giving professional opinions and one on treating minors.

"Writing Letters and Offering Opinions"
9:00am - 10:30am
Mike Griffen, Esq, LCSW

This 1 ½ hour workshop provides an overview of key issues that are important for therapists to consider when offering their professional opinion, including circumstances where the therapist is asked to write a letter for a client/patient.  The workshop will discuss key legal and ethical issues which apply to this topic, including sections of the Code of Ethics that apply when working with court-involved cases.  Vignettes will be utilized for discussion, as time allows

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to describe and discuss three or more sections of the CAMFT Code of ethics that are relevant to consider before writing a letter regarding a client/patient.

2. Describe three or more questions that a therapist should consider before writing a letter for a client.

3. Describe and discuss one or more sections of the CAMFT Code of Ethics that are relevant for a therapist to consider before offering their opinion in a case that is court-involved.

4. Explain why a therapist should consider their scope of competence when offering their professional opinion in a letter, or in testimony.

"Understanding the Fundamentals of Minor Consent" 
10:45 am - 12:15 PM
Alain Montgomery, Esq

Working with minors requires an understanding of the laws that pertain to minor consent. During this 90-minute presentation, CAMFT Staff Attorney Alain Montgomery will review who can lawfully consent to a minor’s mental health care treatment in California, the criteria specified in pertinent laws  authorizing minors to consent to their own treatment, and common issues related to the confidentiality of the minor’s healthcare information.

Participants will gain a better understanding of the applicable minor consent laws and the CAMFT ethical standard(s) that relate to minor consent. As a result of the workshop, participants will be better equipped to make informed legally and ethically sound decisions when working with minors.

Learning Objectives:

1) Define the elements required for valid consent of a minor’s mental health treatment under California law

2) Identify the ethical standard(s) relevant to a therapist’s duty to determine who has the legal authority to consent to treatment for a minor

3) Distinguish between legal and physical custody of a minor in California

4) Identify when parents or legal representatives have the legal authority to consent to mental health treatment for a minor

5) Identify the circumstances and laws that allow a minor to consent to their own mental health treatment in California

6) Distinguish the laws that determine when either parents/legal representatives or minors are authorized to inspect, access and authorize the disclosure of the minor’s confidential information


  • $36 for pre-licensed RECAMFT members
  • $45 for Licensed RECAMFT members and members of other CAMFT chapters
  • $54 for non-members

    Continuing Education

    This 3 hour event meets requirements for 3 Law & Ethics CE units for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs. You must view the entire recording, complete an evaluation, and past a post-test.

    About Michael Griffin

    Michael Griffin, Esq., LCSW has been a member of the CAMFT legal team since 2007. A graduate of the USC School of Social Work and Chapman University School of Law, Mr. Griffin earned his LCSW in 1982 and his California license as an Attorney in 2002.  He has a broad professional background in various mental health settings (including Western Youth Services in Orange County, California, and Rady Children’s Psychiatry Dep’t in San Diego) as a clinician, administrator, supervisor, clinical case manager, school program coordinator, and outpatient clinic director, and has served as an oral examiner for LCSW candidates.  In addition to his work for CAMFT, Mr. Griffin is a practicing psychotherapist with adults, adolescents and children in Laguna Niguel, California.

    About Alain Montgomery

    Alain Lance Montgomery, Esq., is a member of the State Bar of California.  Alain received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Prior to joining the CAMFT legal department, Alain worked in public interest law as a legal advisor for the Superior Court of California where he helped self-represented parties navigate the complexities of small claims litigation.  As a member of the CAMFT legal department, Alain has served as part of the support staff for the CAMFT Ethics Committee and has represented the Association at various state regulatory board meetings.  After graduating from college and before attending law school, Alain worked as a ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort.

    This workshop satisfies the Law and Ethics course requirement of three (3) continuing education units mandated by the BBS for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs and LEPs for each license renewal cycle. Participants will be updated on changes in the law that affect professional practice.

    RECAMFT CE Provider #57173

    3 CEs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs


    Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    • Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email

    • Refunds: Refunds may be requested up to 7 days before the event by contacting No refunds are given beginning 7 days prior to the event. If a member cannot attend the event due to a mandatory evacuation or Public Safety Power Shut-off the day of the event, they can request and receive a refund with verification of address.

    • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

    • Grievances: direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at

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