Author Archives: Richard Leslie

Child Neglect / Endangerment

This topic came to mind as the result of three recent news stories from three different states. My immediate thought upon learning of [...]

Business License

Are you required by local law or ordinance to obtain a license to do business in the particular jurisdiction in which you practice?

Contracts – Hold Harmless Clauses

During the course of practicing the profession, therapists and counselors from time to time enter into written contracts or agreements. [...]

Fictitious Business Names

Do not use a fictitious business name (d/b/a) that is false, misleading, or deceptive. While this statement is easily understood, some [...]

Upon “Retirement” – Should You Stay Licensed and Insured?

The inquiry from the reader asks how he can do volunteer work, after he retires, without liability. Most importantly, he wants to use [...]

Antitrust – A Variety of Concerns

Most mental health practitioners are likely not aware of the ins and outs of state and federal antitrust laws – and how these laws may [...]

Disclosure to Patients – “No Court For Me” (?)

Every so often I am told by a mental health professional that somewhere in their disclosure document, their written policy statement, [...]

Avoid These Common Errors

There are some routine and seemingly mundane aspects of practice that licensed persons must attend to in their therapy or counseling [...]

Avoid These Mistakes

This item addresses some areas of practice where a mistake (error) could lead to substantial consequences.


Most state laws make it a crime and a violation of the licensing law for a licensee to advertise in a manner that is false, fraudulent, [...]

Referrals: Part 1

Most states have passed laws that prohibit specified health care practitioners from paying or receiving any remuneration, whether in [...]

Self Defense

I once received a call from an angry patient who asked whether a therapist was permitted by law to physically strike a patient. When I [...]

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