Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Confidentiality

What duty of confidentiality, if any, does a mental health practitioner have with respect to the use of the information gained during a [...]

DISCLOSURES TO PATIENTS AND OTHERS

When mental health practitioners commence professional relationships with patients, there is a requirement to provide or disclose [...]

Emotional Abuse of Children

There is a belief by some who have examined this issue that there is an underreporting of emotional abuse of children and that this [...]

Advertising as “Doctor/Dr.”

Avoiding Liability Bulletin – March 2021   The article appearing …

Duty to the Patient – When Does It Begin?

Licensed mental health practitioners often discuss the issue and process of termination of treatment, including the question of when [...]

Immunity from Liability

Mental health practitioners typically purchase malpractice insurance in order to protect themselves from claims and lawsuits seeking [...]

Child Abuse – Emancipation of Minor, Confidentiality, Privilege

What is the effect, if any, of your state’s emancipation of minor laws on your duty as a mandated reporter of child abuse? The answer [...]

Employment Agreements – Non-Compete Clauses

Counselors and therapists may be employed by any number of business entities (e.g., nonprofit organizations, sole proprietorships, [...]

KEEPING TREATMENT RECORDS – HOW MUCH?

From an ethical and legal point of view, a mental health practitioner should keep that amount of records that is consistent with sound [...]

HELPING THE CLIENT IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES?

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

Do You Know Your ABC’s…?

Do You Know Your ABC’s…? A. Advertising that one has been “in practice for seven years,” when in fact the person has been licensed [...]

THE ALPHABET – SOME HINTS ON AVOIDING LIABILITY

I thought I might have a bit of fun going back to my ABCs and that you might find some of these brief items helpful. The thought here [...]

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