Author Archives: Richard Leslie

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 [...]


Practitioners must pay attention to advertising issues because when they advertise they put themselves in the spotlight, not only with [...]

Sliding Fee Scale

One of the most basic rules of advertising is that advertisements cannot be false, fraudulent, misleading, or deceptive. This principle [...]

Protected or Prohibited Words

An advertisement that contains a misrepresentation of fact or a failure to disclose a material fact, or that is likely to create false [...]

Advertising “Doctor/Dr.”

With respect to the word “doctor” or the letters or prefix “Dr.,” state law (the Medical Practice Act) in California makes it a crime [...]

Pre-licensed Persons

It must always be remembered that advertising must be truthful and not false, misleading, or deceptive. This of course applies to [...]

Advertising / Marketing on Groupon

A question has been raised by a reader about the appropriateness of advertising and marketing by therapists and counselors of the kind [...]

Pre-licensed Employees

It is important for licensees who employ pre-licensed persons in private practice settings to assure that the advertising by the [...]


While ethical standards of the various professions address this issue somewhat differently, there seems to be general agreement that [...]

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