Continuing Education

Continuing Education Courses at The Therapist Development Center

TDC is an approved Continuing Education (CE) provider through the ASWB's ACE (Approved Continuing Education) program. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) also accepts continuing education credits given through ACE-approved courses.

12 Hour Law & Ethics Course

Did you fail the CA Law & Ethics Exam? This 12 hours of law and ethics classes for continuing education unit fulfills the California BBS coursework required for those who do not pass the Law and Ethics exam.  

You must include your certificate of completion when submitting your application to the BBS.

Together, the CE No. 1, CE No. 2, and CE No. 3 continuing education programs form a comprehensive law and ethics guide for therapists and social workers.

Law & Ethics CE NO. 1: Minimizing Legal-Ethical Risk in Psychotherapy

by Ivan Perkins, JD

This CE Course provides foundational background material on the standard of care in various areas of psychotherapy. This is a national course appropriate for therapists practicing in all 50 states. This course includes things like a FREE model informed consent form, guides to clinical documentation and minimizing risk in the context of potential suicide or violence, a professional will, a discussion of what to do and not do if you get into legal trouble, and a lesson on buying the right malpractice insurance. This course provides 6 hours of CE.

Law & Ethics CE NO. 2: Confidentiality and Client Access to Records

by Ivan Perkins, JD

For this course, you will select just one of the following two courses on maintaining confidentiality and providing access to records under California law. Before selecting, you will need to determine whether you are covered by HIPAA or are otherwise deciding to comply with HIPAA. You do not need to take both versions of this course.

Are you covered by HIPAA? Read this to determine which version of this course to take.



If you are not a "covered entity" under HIPAA, this Continuing Education Course provides a comprehensive approach to understanding and complying with CALIFORNIA's precise rules on confidentiality and client access to records. The course includes FREE model forms, such as confidentiality agreements for couples, families, and groups. This course provides 3 hours of CE.





This Continuing Education Course provides a complete HIPAA compliance guide for the CALIFORNIA THERAPIST (because state laws apply alongside HIPAA). It comes with ten FREE crucial model HIPAA forms and walks you, step by step, through the process of tailoring them to your practice. This course provides 9 hours of CE.

Law & Ethics CE NO. 3: Managing Your Practice Under California Law

by Ivan Perkins, JD

This CE Course brings your practice into compliance with all remaining CALIFORNIA laws and regulations not covered in either version of "Confidentiality and Client Access to Records" above. It addresses topics such as advertising, consent for treatment of a minor, fees, supervision, technology, and telehealth. This course provides 3 hours of CE.

PLEASE NOTE: Some Courses Only Apply to Continuing Education in California

CE No. 1 applies nationwide. For CE No. 2 and CE No. 3,

Please note that we are working to expand the number of states we cover. If you practice in a state other than California, check back in a year or two.  

Benefits of Continuing Your Education

The Therapist Development Center is proud to provide highly relevant and informative Continuing Education for social workers and MFTs. We are approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to as a CE provider in California. We are also approved by the Association of Social Work Boards for social workers nationwide. Every state requires Continuing Education for license renewal.

Invest in your Future with Continuing Education at TDC

What makes Therapist Development Center Continuing Education different? Like our test prep, our primary focus it to give you accurate information that is going to enhance your clinical practice. Most of our programs provide an option of audio learning that allows you to study while you are on the go. We also give you 1-year access to the materials and free extensions if you have not passed your post-test certification. As always, our team is available if you have any questions.