Category Archives: Ethics and HIPAA

Payment for Supervision

The issue of payment for supervision is once again being raised in California with respect to the marriage and family therapy and [...]

Discrimination And Ethics

… A suggestion was made for me to write about a case where Eastern Michigan University (a public institution) dismissed a Christian [...]

Discrimination And Ethics – Revisited

Suppose that the counseling student did not seek to refer, but instead agreed to treat the individual or the couple. What disclosures, [...]

Ethics Complaints

With respect to the fairness of the procedures, each organization should ensure that the process used by its ethics committee (or other [...]

Writing Letters Re: “Comfort Animals” / Procedural Due Process

A reader has asked for my thoughts regarding requests by patients to have treating mental health practitioners write letters requesting [...]

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 [...]

Attending the Patient’s Wedding (or Other Significant Event)

… A therapist or counselor may be asked to attend the wedding, graduation, or funeral of a particular patient or former patient. While [...]

Dual or Multiple Relationships – An Overview

… What exactly are dual or multiple relationships? Are all dual relationships prohibited? If therapists or counselors terminate the [...]

Gifts – To and From Patients

… I have been asked to comment on how I feel about a therapist or counselor giving or receiving a gift from or to a patient. Is it [...]

Conflicts: Treating Multiple Members of a Family

Many therapists and counselors treat more than one member of a family, either concurrently or consecutively. This occurs most commonly [...]

Conflicts

Counselors and therapists often encounter conflicts, or what may sometimes be referred to as “conflicts of interest,” during the course [...]

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