Category Archives: Client Death, Suicide Risks or Criminal Acts

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… Michael Jackson’s death, and the investigation of several doctors, including one or more “concierge doctors,” raised the question of [...]

Diversity

There are many legal issues affecting mental health professionals that involve the subject of diversity. Perhaps one doesn’t think [...]

Diversity And The Law

In the December 2009 issue of this Bulletin, I gave three examples of, and asked related questions about, the inter-connectedness of [...]

Law and Ethics: Questions to Ponder

There comes a time when the practitioner believes that the patient presents a serious and imminent danger of violence against the [...]

Law and Ethics: Questions to Ponder, Continued & Confidentiality – Insurance Reimbursement

My brief answer to the questions raised is not intended to be compliant with a particular state law, as state laws will vary with fine [...]

Elder Abuse

… Make sure that you know what the definition of an “elder” (or similar word or term) is so that if you are a mandated reporter of [...]

Elder Abuse / Dependent Adult Abuse Reporting

Elder abuse reporting can be a tricky area for some and may at times be overlooked. Here are some questions to ponder.

Elder Abuse Reporting

An interesting question that arises from time to time occurs when an elder tells a mandated reporter that he or she has suffered from [...]

Dangerous Patients and the “Tarasoff Duty”

… Wow - what a problem exists in California! Therapists are in somewhat of a precarious situation for a number of reasons related to a) [...]

Dangerous Patients and the Therapist’s Duty

… In a previous issue of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin, under the heading of Dangerous Patients and the “Tarasoff Duty”(April 2005, [...]

Immunity From Liability

… In the April 2005 (Volume 2) issue of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin I wrote about a huge problem in the state of California with [...]

Suicide / Self Harm – The Practitioner’s Role

… Occasionally I am asked to opine on the subject of a mental health practitioner’s participation in what can be called “supportive [...]

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