Avoiding Liability Bulletin – November 2014
Much of what I write in this monthly column is about a variety of specific legal topics and issues that affect mental health practitioners in the practice of their chosen profession, such as confidentiality, privilege, child and elder abuse reporting, dual or multiple relationships, dangerous patients, access to records, treatment of minors, and the like. This article will address, more broadly, the very title of this monthly column – “avoiding liability.” Seemingly, all therapists and counselors desire to avoid liability. But there are things that some mental health practitioners intentionally do (as opposed to negligently) that will affect or result in liability – in one way or another. Hopefully, this article will serve as a review of some basic and broad principles that are important to keep in mind.