Author Archives: Richard Leslie

TERMINATION – Disclosures to Patient

One of the critical times in the therapist-patient relationship comes at termination. Much can go wrong if the termination is not [...]

Brief Reminders / Questions For New Year

Advocacy: Do you consider yourself to be an advocate for your clients? Is advocacy a part of your legal or ethical responsibilities or [...]

Ethics – Enforcement

What is the difference between an ethics violation and a violation of a state law or regulation governing professional conduct? If [...]

November 2016 Avoiding Liability Bulletin

Advertising is one way in which therapists and counselors can attempt to expand their private practices. Mental health practitioners [...]

Avoiding Liability Bulletin – October 2016

Below you will find topics that I have written about in prior issues of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin. I make brief comments here or [...]

LICENSING BOARD ISSUES WARNING TO PATIENTS WHO TRAVEL OUT OF STATE! Regarding Telephone Counseling/ Psychotherapy

Suppose that you have been treating or counseling an adult individual, or a couple, or a child for a period of time for a particular [...]

THE REGULATION OF TELEHEALTH/ONLINE THERAPY and INFORMED CONSENT

July/August 2016 Avoiding Liability Bulletin I have previously written about …

REGULATORY BOARDS – ENFORCEMENT

I was recently reading some proposed rules – more specifically – “disciplinary guidelines” and “uniform standards related to substance [...]

Confidentiality – Peer Group Communications

When participating in peer group communications, whether a more formal or structured listserv, or an informal group of mental health [...]

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AND FAMILY LAW MATTERS

Therapists commonly get in trouble for making custody recommendations when they have not been hired to conduct a custody evaluation. [...]

PARENTAL RIGHTS TO ACCESS CHILD’S RECORDS

… When a child (under eighteen years of age) is the identified patient and is being treated by a mental health practitioner, what [...]

“PREDICTING” AND PREVENTING SUICIDE

… I was reading something published by a national organization representing a mental health profession, and in a chapter dealing with [...]

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