Category Archives: Dual Relationships

Attending the Patient’s Wedding (or Other Significant Event)

… A therapist or counselor may be asked to attend the wedding, graduation, or funeral of a particular patient or former patient. While [...]

Dual or Multiple Relationships – An Overview

… What exactly are dual or multiple relationships? Are all dual relationships prohibited? If therapists or counselors terminate the [...]

Gifts – To and From Patients

… I have been asked to comment on how I feel about a therapist or counselor giving or receiving a gift from or to a patient. Is it [...]

Treating Multiple Members of a Family – Conflicts

Many therapists and counselors treat more than one member of a family, either concurrently or consecutively. This occurs most commonly [...]


Counselors and therapists often encounter conflicts, or what may sometimes be referred to as “conflicts of interest,” during the course [...]


In the July 2008 issue of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin, which was devoted to the topics of conflict and conflict of interest, I [...]

Helping the Client in Tough Economic Times?

… The issues that are discussed in this piece are not new, nor are they limited to occurring in the current economic condition existing [...]

Expert Testimony

… In a recent disciplinary action brought by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences against a licensed marriage and family [...]

Dual Relationships

… Suppose a therapist or counselor allows the payment of a patient’s bill to be either fully or partially deferred at the request of [...]

Dual Relationships

In the February 2014 issue of the AVOIDING LIABILITY BULLETIN, I raised many questions for the reader’s thought, research, and [...]

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