CA Laws & Licensing Boards

Mental health professionals in California are governed by two different licensing entities, the Board of Psychology and the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Every state in the country has a licensing board that deals with psychologists and most states, but not all, have licensing boards for marriage and family therapists. Laws are actual statutes passed by the California legislature. Regulations are created by the licensing entity from their express power granted to them by the California legislature. All California laws may be obtained by going to the following website: www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html. However, the Courts interpret the laws and case law takes place constantly that has relevance to mental health professions. Dr. Ebert works with psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychiatrists and licensed professional clinical counselors


Dr. Ebert is available for all types of licensing matters including Letters of Inquiry, Investigative Interviews, Cite and Fine, Supervision Hours, Accusations, Administrative Law Trials, Writs, Appeals, Litigation related to a Licensing Case.

LAWS APPLICABLE TO VARIOUS PROFESSIONS:

FOR CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGISTS: 

§ 2900 et. seq. of the Business and Professions Code

Title 16 Division 13.1 et.seq. of the California Code of Regulations

See Board of Psychology – http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/

Note: The California Board of Psychology is the largest regulatory body for psychologists in the world. Dr. Ebert served on the Board for many years and was its President for an unprecedented five terms. During his time on the Board, he made numerous changes to open the Board and make it more friendly to psychologists and more helpful for consumers. For example, Dr. Ebert pushed for the creation of the Board’s first website and he also worked with the Executive Officer to have the California legislature pass a law that a psychologist faced instant revocation if that professional had sex with a client. In order to be a psychologist a professional must have a doctoral level degree and obtain three thousand hours of supervised experience.


FOR CALIFORNIA MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS
(ADMINISTERED BY THE BOARD OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES):

§ 4980 et.seq. of the Business and Professions Code

Title 16 § 1800 of the California Code of Regulations

See Board of Behavioral Sciences – www.bbs.ca.gov

LAWS PERTAINING TO MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST, SOCIAL WORKERS AND LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS – www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/publications/lawsregs.pdf 

note: Dr. Ebert consulted with the BBS for several years when he was a member of the Board of Psychology and for a few years thereafter. He is intimately familiar with their policies and procedures especially those related to disciplinary actions. He has seen things up close and from their eyes. This kind of experience cannot be matched. 

 

FOR CALIFORNIA SOCIAL WORKERS
(ADMINISTERED BY THE BOARD OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES):

§ 4991 et.seq. of the Business and Professions Code

Title 16 § 1870 et.seq. of the California Code of Regulations


FOR LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS:

§ 4989 et.seq. of the Business and Professions Code

Title 16 § 1854 of the California Code of Regulations


FOR CALIFORNIA PHYSICIANS:

§ 2000 et.seq. of the Business and Professions Code

Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations at Division 13 et.seq.

www.medbd.ca.gov

California psychiatrists are licensed through the Medical Board of California and are considered a specialty practice of medicine. Dr. Ebert is the only psychologist in history to represent, as an attorney, a major part of the American Psychiatric Association. He represented the Central California Psychiatric Association for 15 years as their General Counsel.