Category Archives: Avoiding Liability Bulletin

CONFIDENTIALITY

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of psychotherapy and most patients expect it. Many patients, however, perhaps most, are not aware of [...]

CONFIDENTIALITY – Death of Patient

While thankfully not an everyday occurrence, it is not a rarity that a patient unexpectedly dies during the course of treatment or [...]

New Texas Abortion Statute

On September 1st, 2021 Texas Senate Bill No. 8, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, became law.  Its intention was to severely limit a [...]

Treating Children

Licensed mental health practitioners treat children both with and without the consent of one or both parents. It is not uncommon for [...]

Conflicts – Treating Multiple Members of a Family

Many mental health practitioners treat more than one member of a family, either concurrently or consecutively. This occurs most [...]

FEES / COVID-19

Are there circumstances that may arise when a patient falls behind in the payment of fees for professional services rendered and the [...]

Covid-19 Return to In-Person

Practitioners have changed the way they practice as a result of the pandemic, which seems to be moderating, and once again, [...]

Confidentiality

What duty of confidentiality, if any, does a mental health practitioner have with respect to the use of the information gained during a [...]

DISCLOSURES TO PATIENTS AND OTHERS

When mental health practitioners commence professional relationships with patients, there is a requirement to provide or disclose [...]

Emotional Abuse of Children

There is a belief by some who have examined this issue that there is an underreporting of emotional abuse of children and that this [...]

Duty to the Patient – When Does It Begin?

Licensed mental health practitioners often discuss the issue and process of termination of treatment, including the question of when [...]

Immunity from Liability

Mental health practitioners typically purchase malpractice insurance in order to protect themselves from claims and lawsuits seeking [...]

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