Dr. Ben Caldwell

Dr. Ben Caldwell

Benjamin E. Caldwell, PsyD is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Education Director for SimplePractice Learning. He serves as adjunct faculty for the graduate program at California State University Northridge, and is the author of several books, including Saving Psychotherapy and Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. He has served on the AAMFT Ethics Committee and spent more than a decade as the Legislative and Advocacy Chair for AAMFT-California, working on groundbreaking legislation including California's first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy for minors. He lives in Los Angeles.

Airlines Can Ban ESAs in 2021

Airlines Can Ban ESAs in 2021

Under a revised rule recently finalized by the Department of Transportation (DOT), airlines will no longer be required to allow … Continued

How to Minimize Legal Risks for Your Private Practice

How to Minimize Legal Risks for Your Private Practice

When I started my private practice in 2006, a lot of what I did were practices I learned from supervisors … Continued

3 Tips for Hiring Prelicensed Therapists

3 Tips for Hiring Prelicensed Therapists

As your practice grows, you may encounter a common problem for professionals who provide services by the hour. How can … Continued

The Truth About Using Testimonials to Market Your Practice

The Truth About Using Testimonials to Market Your Practice

Testimonials are what marketers call social proof—the modern-day word-of-mouth referrals. But aren’t testimonials distasteful at best, and illegal or unethical … Continued

What to Include in Your Fee Schedule

What to Include in Your Fee Schedule

Health and wellness professionals end up doing a lot of work for free. That often includes tasks that require professional … Continued

Why I’m Not Attending the Evolution of Psychotherapy

Why I’m Not Attending the Evolution of Psychotherapy

There’s an evolution of psychotherapy happening, and the Evolution of Psychotherapy conference happening later this year is ignoring it. The … Continued

What You Need to Consider Before Returning to the Office

What You Need to Consider Before Returning to the Office

How to Decide to Return to In-Person Care Even with stay-at-home orders in place, a wide variety of healthcare workers … Continued

The Value of Between-Session Contact

The Value of Between-Session Contact

Caring is a central component to your work, which is why it can be easy to assume clients already know you care about … Continued

What Coronavirus Means for Your Office Lease

What Coronavirus Means for Your Office Lease

If you’re finding the transition to telehealth to be a positive one, do you really still need a physical office? … Continued

Doctorate Degrees: Worth the Cost?

Doctorate Degrees: Worth the Cost?

 It’s a common dilemma: How much education should you get on your path to helping people? Pursuing a doctorate is … Continued

New Changes to California Telehealth Regulations

New Changes to California Telehealth Regulations

Have you ever done a phone or video session with a client? Most therapists occasionally will, perhaps for clients who … Continued

Clients Who Threaten Therapists: How to Stay Safe

Clients Who Threaten Therapists: How to Stay Safe

The overwhelming majority of those with mental illness will never become violent. But it’s also true that therapists can be … Continued

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: 10 Perfect Gifts for Therapists

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: 10 Perfect Gifts for Therapists

Wondering what to get for a counselor or therapist this holiday season? We’ve got you covered, with ideas big and … Continued

Scams Targeting Health and Wellness Professionals (and How to Avoid Them)

Scams Targeting Health and Wellness Professionals (and How to Avoid Them)

Scam artists are targeting health and wellness professionals. Protect yourself from being taken advantage of by knowing two of the … Continued

Should I Get Certified?

Should I Get Certified?

There is a lot of training available for health and wellness professionals, both in person and online. Many trainings advertise … Continued

What’s the Difference Between Therapy, Counseling, and Coaching?

What’s the Difference Between Therapy, Counseling, and Coaching?

The mental health world uses a lot of professional titles that sound similar, and can be confusing even to mental … Continued

SimplePractice is Now an APA-Approved Sponsor of Continuing Education

SimplePractice is Now an APA-Approved Sponsor of Continuing Education

Since we launched SimplePractice Learning, we’ve gotten one question more often than any other: Are you pursuing APA approval to … Continued

Therapist Scrutinized for Writing ESA Letter

Therapist Scrutinized for Writing ESA Letter

In what appears to be a first, the California Board of Behavioral Sciences has disciplined a licensed therapist for writing … Continued

Why Therapists Stopped Creating No-Harm Contracts

Why Therapists Stopped Creating No-Harm Contracts

It seemed like the simplest thing. A few years ago, a client of mine had been thinking a bit about … Continued

How Keeping Secrets Can Help Couple Therapy Succeed

How Keeping Secrets Can Help Couple Therapy Succeed

For years, my clinical specialty has been working with couples in couple therapy. When I started, I had a “no-secrets” … Continued

3 Ways to Save Time in Your Therapy Practice

3 Ways to Save Time in Your Therapy Practice

If there’s one thing that we never seem to have enough of as therapists, it’s time. We’re often reminded to … Continued

4 Ways Therapists Can Overcome Imposter Syndrome

4 Ways Therapists Can Overcome Imposter Syndrome

If you suffer from Imposter Syndrome as a therapist, you’re not alone. I’m the Education Director here at SimplePractice Learning … Continued

4 Ways to Learn More From Continuing Education

4 Ways to Learn More From Continuing Education

Quick, tell me what you learned in the continuing education courses you took last year. Hopefully, you had some great, … Continued

In Case of Emergency: The Professional Will

In Case of Emergency: The Professional Will

My wife and I were traveling overseas a few years ago when a police officer confronted us. We hadn’t paid … Continued

Improving Continuing Education: The SimplePractice Learning Story

Improving Continuing Education: The SimplePractice Learning Story

From its beginning, SimplePractice has been about making it easier for health and wellness professionals to run their practices, so … Continued

4 tips for finding great Continuing Education

4 tips for finding great Continuing Education

In any health and wellness profession, initial training is only meant to get you in the door. Training programs provide … Continued