Category Archives: Ethics and HIPAA

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 [...]

Conflicts 2

In the July 2008 issue of the Avoiding Liability Bulletin, which was devoted to the topics of conflict and conflict of interest, I [...]

Helping the Client in Tough Economic Times?

… The issues that are discussed in this piece are not new, nor are they limited to occurring in the current economic condition existing [...]

Expert Testimony

… In a recent disciplinary action brought by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences against a licensed marriage and family [...]

Dual Relationships

… Suppose a therapist or counselor allows the payment of a patient’s bill to be either fully or partially deferred at the request of [...]

Dual Relationships 2

DUAL RELATIONSHIPS: Do you know the difference between an ethical dual relationship and an unethical dual relationship? Does your [...]

Confidentiality and Authorization Forms

… The general rule is that therapists and counselors do not release patient information unless required or permitted by law to do so or [...]

AIDS / HIV

… Therapists often ask whether or not confidentiality may or must be compromised when the therapist finds out that the patient has been [...]

Confidentiality and the Dangerous Patient

Although I have previously written about this topic on several occasions (see Archives), the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech in April [...]

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