Category Archives: Avoiding Liability Bulletin

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 [...]

Child Abuse – Emancipation of Minor, Confidentiality, Privilege

What is the effect, if any, of your state’s emancipation of minor laws on your duty as a mandated reporter of child abuse? The answer [...]

Employment Agreements – Non-Compete Clauses

Counselors and therapists may be employed by any number of business entities (e.g., nonprofit organizations, sole proprietorships, [...]

KEEPING TREATMENT RECORDS – HOW MUCH?

From an ethical and legal point of view, a mental health practitioner should keep that amount of records that is consistent with sound [...]

HELPING THE CLIENT IN TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES?

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

Do You Know Your ABC’s…?

Do You Know Your ABC’s…? A. Advertising that one has been “in practice for seven years,” when in fact the person has been licensed [...]

THE ALPHABET – SOME HINTS ON AVOIDING LIABILITY

I thought I might have a bit of fun going back to my ABCs and that you might find some of these brief items helpful. The thought here [...]

TELEHEALTH AND COVID 19 – Thoughts and Outlook

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, or Covid-19, the delivery of medical and mental health services via telehealth is garnering [...]

Answers to April Review

In the April 2020 issue of this Avoiding Liability Bulletin, I asked twenty questions on a variety of topics. My answers to those [...]

April Check-In: Review Your Practice

The purpose of this issue of the Bulletin is to review aspects of practice that may raise questions or dilemmas for practitioners and [...]

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