Law & Ethics Part 2: Progress Notes (recorded)

  • Sat, December 12, 2020
  • 11:30 AM
  • Tue, December 15, 2020
  • Zoom presentation


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The Desert CAMFT Chapter

Law & Ethics 2020: Part 2


An Overview of Progress Notes


                              Mike Griffin, Esq.

                          CAMFT Staff Attorney

You can view this first session anytime via

a link and receive CE credit 

You can view the recorded session between

September 28 and October 9

                              Licensed Chapter Members 
                                         1.5 CEUs for $25

                                          1.5 CEUs for $30

                                             $10 (no CEUs)

A zoom link will be emailed to registered participants followed by a Course Evaluation

CE Certifications will be sent to you after payment for the course and your returned Course Evaluation


General Information/Description

This 1.5-hour course, including Q and A, is intended to provide a brief overview of the topic of progress notes,” as they are utilized in documenting mental health treatment records. 

Educational Goals

To help therapists understand the primary legal rules governing the provision of treatment via minor's consent. 

Measurable Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

• Describe 3 or more specific functions/purposes for progress notes.

 Explain how progress notes are relevant to the requirements expressed in California Business and Professions Code, 4982. (v), which requires therapists to keep records consistent with sound clinical judgment, the standards of the profession, and the nature of the services rendered.” 

• Explain how progress notes are relevant to the ethical standards concerning client/patient records, as expressed in §5.3 of the CAMFT Code of Ethics.  

• Explain the difference between progress notes” and psychotherapy notes” as they are defined by HIPAA.


Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, is an attorney at law and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mr. Griffin received his MSW degree from the USC School of Social Work in 1980, and obtained his LCSW in 1982. In 1998, Mr. Griffin was a member of the first graduating class at Chapman University School of Law and obtained his law license in 2002. 

Mr. Griffin has a broad background of experience as a mental health professional and has worked as a therapist, clinical case manager, clinical supervisor and child/adolescent outpatient clinic director, and was the Director of Clinical Operations for Western Youth Services in Orange County, California. He also served as a BBS oral examiner for LCSW candidates. 

For several years, Mr. Griffin was employed in the department of Psychiatry at Rady Childrens Hospital in San Diego, CA., where he worked as a child- family therapist, clinical supervisor, and outpatient clinic director, and was the coordinator of school-based mental health programs. Mr. Griffin is a practicing psychotherapist in Orange County, CA., and is an attorney with CAMFT, where he consults with CAMFTs members regarding legal and ethical issues. 

This course meets the qualifications for one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Completion certificates will be awarded for full attendance of the event. Course evaluations are required to obtain the completion certificate.

Desert CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (Provider #62275) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs.  Desert CAMFT maintains responsibility for the course and its content.  

The Desert Chapter’s Refund, Grievance and ADA Policies are described under Events on the Chapter website at (Specifically, refunds must be requested at least three (3) days prior to the event)


Desert Chapter — California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (DESERT-CAMFT)
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