Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Dangerous Patients – Duty to Warn / Duty to Protect

I have written extensively on this topic in this Avoiding Liability Bulletin and elsewhere. Over [...]

TERMINATION – Disclosures to Patient

One of the critical times in the therapist-patient relationship comes at termination. Much can go [...]

Brief Reminders / Questions For New Year

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

Ethics – Enforcement

What is the difference between an ethics violation and a violation of a state law or regulation [...]

Advertising, Options for Patient Request for Copy of Records & Holding Inusurers Accountable

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

Confidentiality – Disclosures to Patient

Below you will find topics that I have written about in prior issues of the Avoiding Liability [...]

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 [...]

The Regulation of Telehealth / Online Therapy and Informed Consent

Avoiding Liability Bulletin – July / August 2016 I have …I was recently reading some proposed rules – more specifically – “disciplinary guidelines” and [...]

Confidentiality – Peer Group Communications

When participating in peer group communications, whether a more formal or structured listserv, or [...]

Disciplinary Actions and Family Law Matters

There is a difference between saying that a person (the client) would make a good custodial [...]

Parental Rights to Access Child’s Records

… When a minor is the identified patient and is being treated by a mental health practitioner, [...]

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