Author Archives: Richard Leslie

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 Insurers 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 [...]

Licensing Board Issues Warning to Patients who Travel Out of State! (Regarding Telephone Counseling / Psychotherapy)

Suppose that you have been treating or counseling an adult individual, or a couple, or a child for a period of time for a particular [...]

The Regulation of Telehealth / Online Therapy and Informed Consent

With respect to the issue of “informed consent,” earlier iterations of the telemedicine law required that prior to the delivery of [...]

Regulatory Boards – Enforcement

I was recently reading some proposed rules – more specifically – “disciplinary guidelines” and “uniform standards related to substance [...]

Confidentiality – Peer Group Communications

When participating in peer group communications, whether a more formal or structured listserv, or an informal group of mental health [...]

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