Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Treatment of Children – Joint Legal Custody

In the September 2017 issue of this Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I raised a number of questions concerning situations involving the [...]

Know Your Risks: Family Law, Fictitious Business Names, Privilege / Confidentiality, Subpoenas / Privilege, Testimony Under Oath and Child Abuse Reporting

One of the most important things for practitioners to know about family law involves the issue of child custody. More specifically, it [...]

Breach of Confidentiality Claims

Therapists and counselors are expected to be keenly aware of their duty of confidentiality, but it is often the case that confidential [...]

Spousal Abuse & Confidentiality

Therapists and counselors will encounter a variety of situations where they learn of (or reasonably suspect) an act that constitutes, [...]

Coaching?

I have consulted with licensed therapists who have asked, in a variety of contexts, whether they can safely (re: their liability) [...]

“Immunity from Liability” vs. “No Liability”

Last month I wrote about dangerous patient issues and the nature and breadth of the mental health practitioner’s duty to protect third [...]

Dangerous Patients – Duty to Warn / Duty to Protect

I have written extensively on this topic in this Avoiding Liability Bulletin and elsewhere. Over the years, statutes may have been [...]

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 your [...]

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 practices. Mental health practitioners [...]

Confidentiality – Disclosures to Patient

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

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