Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Scope of License / Child Abuse Reporting  / Signed Authorization to Release Confidential Information

In the May 2019 issue of this Bulletin, I asked whether the reader (presumably, a licensed mental health practitioner) was permitted to [...]

Emancipated Minors and Child Abuse | Abuse of a Spouse – Can It Ever Be Lawfully Reported By The Practitioner?

In last month’s Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I wrote about child abuse reporting laws and the circumstances under which a failure to [...]

Scope of License / Failure to Report Child Abuse

Malpractice (professional liability) insurance does not typically provide coverage for claims or suits arising out of any business or [...]

Fees – Reminders

Some practitioners struggle, especially as they enter the profession or start a new business, perhaps online, with the setting of fees [...]

Patient Reveals Sex With Prior Therapist – Protecting the Public?

Some may ask why there is no requirement for the subsequent therapist to report such alleged unlawful or criminal behavior on the part [...]

Supervisor Vulnerability

Avoiding Liability Bulletin – February 2019 The discussion that follows …

Confidentiality – Seeking Patient Referrals via Social Media

...Practitioners must always be aware of the duty of confidentiality and must be certain that they are not revealing enough information [...]

Practicing Across State Lines – An Interesting but Limited Example?

A California statute (part of the Psychology Licensing Law) allows psychologists who are licensed at the doctoral level in another [...]

A Brief Review of Some Duties and Requirements

What are the various duties or obligations of a licensed mental health practitioner? Are there both legal duties and ethical duties, [...]

Violation of Ethics Code – Notification of Licensing Board?

Can your license be revoked or otherwise disciplined by the state licensing board for a violation of the code of ethics of the [...]

Conviction of a Crime

Do you believe that a licensed mental health professional should lose his or her license (and perhaps a successful career) after the [...]

Potpourri

Administrative Due Process – The term “administrative due process” refers to the due process rights of licensed mental health [...]

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