Category Archives: Avoiding Liability Bulletin

Practicing Across State Lines – An Interesting but Limited Example?

A California statute (part of the Psychology Licensing Law) allows psychologists who are licensed at the doctoral level in another [...]

A Brief Review of Some Duties and Requirements

What are the various duties or obligations of a licensed mental health practitioner? Are there both legal duties and ethical duties, [...]

Violation of Ethics Code – Notification of Licensing Board?

Can your license be revoked or otherwise disciplined by the state licensing board for a violation of the code of ethics of the [...]

Conviction of a Crime

Do you believe that a licensed mental health professional should lose his or her license (and perhaps a successful career) after the [...]

Potpourri

Administrative Due Process – The term “administrative due process” refers to the due process rights of licensed mental health [...]

Licensing Boards-It IS About Enforcement!

On occasion, a licensed mental health practitioner may be contacted by the investigative arm of the licensing board and a request may [...]

Child Abuse Reporting-Signed Statement Required?

State law (likely part of the child abuse reporting law) may require persons who enter employment as a “health practitioner” to sign a [...]

Mental Illness, Guns and Dangerous Patients

It seems that every time there is a mass shooting event, followed by an outcry for gun control legislation (and school safety), there [...]

Mandatory Reporting, Confidentiality When Communicating With Other Health Care Professionals and Access to Records vs. Subpoena for Records

Most licensed mental health practitioners are aware of their duty to report knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse, elder [...]

Patient Suicide and Death by Rational End-Of-Life Decision

While a patient’s suicide and a patient’s rational and legally supportable decision to end his/her life both result in the death of the [...]

Contact with Patients Between Sessions Curtailed in California: A Dangerous Precedent

At the beginning of the professional relationship between psychotherapist and patient it is important for practitioners to think about [...]

Patient Access to Treatment Records

While mental health treatment records are owned by the practitioner (assuming a private practitioner/sole proprietorship), patients [...]

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