Monday May 22, 2023

Think Like the Test 7 - That’s Not Actually What the Code Says

What happens when an ethics question -- produced by the actual test developer -- doesn't actually line up with what the relevant code of ethics says? In today's episode, even the "correct" answer isn't entirely correct. We discuss why, and talk about who you should think of as "the therapist" on exam items.

This question comes from the current California BBS exam handbook for the LPCC Law and Ethics Exam.

Which of the following situations would constitute an unethical dual relationship?

  1. A current client begins to attend an AA meeting where the counselor serves as secretary
  2. A current client and the counselor are both enrolled in the same art class at a local art studio
  3. A counselor continues to receive services from a massage therapist who became a client after having provided services for the counselor
  4. Two years following a client’s termination of therapy, the client and counselor meet each other on the street and decide to have lunch together

Ben Caldwell's prep program for the California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam is available here. For Ben's other exam prep resources, visit

Intro/outro music: "Swampy Lands" by Adam Saban, licensed via Soundstripe.

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