Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Child Custody Disputes – Parental Alienation Syndrome

Therapists and counselors who have been involved with patients or clients embroiled in a child custody battle may be aware of the [...]

Treatment Of Minors Without Parental Consent

... California has been one of the more liberal states when it comes to allowing treatment of a minor without parental consent. Now, as [...]

Custody Disputes – Parent Reporting Child Abuse

Suppose that a client enters into a professional relationship with a counselor or therapist and explains that her marriage is falling [...]

Child Abuse

… Suppose your patient, a sixteen- year old boy, tells you that he started a fight with his classmate at school and that he punched the [...]

Child Abuse Reporting

… Suppose a therapist or counselor (mandated reporter) in state “A” is told by her sixteen year old patient that she was abused by her [...]

Child Abuse Reporting

… Therapists must know the nuances of the child abuse reporting laws in their respective states. Assuming that one is a mandated [...]

Child Abuse Reporting 2

… A man punches a pregnant woman in the stomach. If the therapist finds out about this in the course of therapy, does this constitute [...]

Child Abuse Reporting 3

… Why is it important to know the time frame and manner of reporting required by state child abuse reporting laws? Because a failure to [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – Neglect

… When thinking about your reporting duties regarding child abuse, don’t forget about neglect. While many child abuse reports are made [...]

Child Abuse Reporting – Duty to Investigate?

… Does a therapist or counselor generally have a duty to investigate in situations involving possible child abuse so as to determine [...]

Child Abuse

… Some forms of child abuse may not be readily recognizable to practitioners. That is why a thorough knowledge of child abuse reporting [...]

Think About This – Child Abuse?

...A parent smokes marijuana (one time) in front of her 17 year-old daughter and tells her therapist about this. Is a child abuse [...]

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