Category Archives: Licensure/Certification

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 [...]

Disciplinary Actions

… State regulatory boards, as part of their enforcement duties, have various options with respect to how they handle less serious [...]

Licensing and Certification

… What is the basic difference between a licensing act and a certification act with respect to a specific profession? In general, a [...]

Negligence vs. Gross Negligence

… What is the difference between the two? Why does it matter? As to the difference, negligence can be generally defined as the failure [...]

Scope of Competence

… Licensing laws, regulations, and/or ethics codes will typically contain provisions that prohibit practitioners from engaging in [...]

Scope of License

… Each licensed mental health professional and other licensees are governed by a licensing law of some kind that will usually define [...]

Something Lighter – Law and Sausage!

It is well known to even casual observers of the legal system that lawyers are often arguing over the meaning or interpretation of a [...]

Mandatory Continuing Education – Does it work

… Most states require some form of mandatory continuing education in order for licensees to renew their licenses. What relationship do [...]

Laws, Regulations, and the Attorney Generals’ Opinions

… There are various kinds of legal authority that affect counselors and therapists. It is important and useful to understand and [...]


… Suppose that a counselor or therapist is treating a woman who was the victim of a rape. Assume further that the practitioner is [...]

Discipline And Due Process

Licensing by the state is not a right, but rather, a privilege. Those who are licensed, whether as marriage and family therapists, [...]

Disciplinary Actions

…Licensing (as a mental health professional) by the state is a privilege, not a right. Once licensed, however, the license is in the [...]

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