Why you'll love this course

There are a number of professional will templates available online, and having some kind of will is certainly better than having none at all. This course includes detailed information on what should go in that professional will -- and makes the case for why you need to have one. Even better, the course comes with a template you can use in your own practice. It includes several important sections that other templates typically leave out.

Course description

If you were in a car accident this weekend, what would happen to your clients on Monday morning? Would they show up to your office, waiting for you? How would they learn what happened, or when you might be back? None of us likes to think about the possibility of an unexpected illness or emergency, but they happen. A professional will can be the difference between a personal emergency and an emergency that also leads to client abandonment. 

This course reviews the need for mental health professionals to have a professional will; ethical standards related to professional wills; necessary components of a professional will; and what to do once you've written your professional will. 

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe why professional wills are necessary for mental health care providers.

  • List at least five necessary components of a professional will.

  • Integrate current practices into a professional will.


Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD

Education Director, SimplePractice Learning

Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD is a California-licensed marriage and family therapist (#42723). He currently serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge in Los Angeles and The Wright Institute in Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and Saving Psychotherapy. He has served on the AAMFT Ethics Committee, and for several years as Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for AAMFT-California.